The Oath

The Constitution of the State of Alaska
Article 12 § 5. Oath of Office

All public officers, before entering upon the duties of their offices, shall take and subscribe to the following oath or affirmation:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm)
that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States
and the Constitution of the State of Alaska,
and that I will faithfully discharge my duties
as [State Representative] to the best of my ability.”
Alaska State Constitution, Art. 12 § 5

As an Army Officer, I took the following oath upon being promoted to Captain:

I, David Eastman, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States
against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same;
that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion;
and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

Having worn the Army uniform for twelve years, it is an oath that I have honored, and came to know well through repeated use. At West Point we were taught, and taught others, that any officer who was willing to honor that oath to the point of losing his life in combat should certainly willing to be fired for honoring that same oath. If you are willing to die for your country, you need to be willing to be fired for it as well.

As the first official act of an elected official, the swearing in ceremony reminds us of where our allegiance is to lie while in office, and the pride which we are to have in fulfilling that oath each day after that.  As a legislator, our allegiance is not to the interests that predominate in Juneau, nor is it even to constituents who ask us to do that which reason and law do not permit.  Our allegiance is to the US Constitution and the Alaska State Constitution.

As your elected representative in the Alaska House of Representatives, it is an oath that I strive to fulfill every day.

-David Eastman