Attended, University Colorado, 1976—1977. Bachelor in English, University Alaska, 1990. Juris Doctor, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1995.
He was the Minority Leader from January 2014 until he left office that year. He authored an unsuccessful bill to strike down the state"s same-sex marriage ban. He applied for a state judgeship position in July 2015.
French worked in the Kuparuk Oilfield as a facility and drill site operator for Atlantic Richfield Company Alaska while attending the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
Before being elected to the state Senate, French was an assistant district attorney. French has climbed Denali to the summit twice.
His father, Bob French, is a county commissioner in Summit County, Colorado. In 2008, French was appointed by the Legislative Council to head an investigation into charges that Government.
Sarah Palin "abused her office to get the Alaska public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, fired."
On July 1, 2009, French announced that he filed a letter of intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commission to run for Governor of Alaska.
French, received 18,018 votes (3881%), losing the 2010 Democratic primary to former state representative Ethan Berkowitz who received 22,607 votes (4869%). French initially decided to run again for Governor of Alaska in 2014, but later decided to run instead for Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. He was nominated as the Democratic party"s lieutenant gubernatorial candidate.
In September, Byron Mallott, the Democratic nominee for Governor, merged his campaign with independent candidate Bill Walker.
Walker remained the gubernatorial candidate, with Mallott running for Lieutenant Governor as his running mate. Both French and Walker"s original running mate, Craig Fleener, withdrew their candidacies.
The Walker-Mallot ticket defeated that of incumbent Republican Governor Sean Parnell.
Member of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Alaska Bar Association, Underage Drinking Task Force, Access Alaska, Challenge Alaska, Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Married Peggy Pepper French. 1 child Christopher.