For Alaska’s Mary Peltola, Making History Means Less Sleep

by | Sep 14, 2022 | Politics

Mary Peltola, who made history Tuesday by being sworn in as the first Indigenous person to represent Alaska, says she’s operating on only a few hours of sleep a night as she settles into her new job.“It’s very hard to wind down at night. And where in the past it might take one melatonin, it’s taking two melatonins now to get a little bit of shuteye,” she told HuffPost in an interview Wednesday.AdvertisementBut she’s enjoying the experience.“I’m telling you, the power of adrenaline and the power of joy and feeding off of other people’s excitement, is the best fuel out there.”Peltola’s life has been a whirlwind since arriving in Washington over the weekend ahead of the swearing-in ceremony and related activities as she takes over Alaska’s sole House seat, which had been held by Republican Don Young for almost 50 years until his death in March.Her office is marked by a temporary sign, not the heavy metal plaques that adorn other members’ offices. Bare office walls now can be seen, where once was displayed the massive pelt of a brown bear Young had killed.And Peltola’s path to history was not exactly conventional either. In a field of 48 candidates, she emerged as the Democratic alternative to two Republicans with much better name recognition: former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Nick Begich, who comes from a famous Alaska political family.Advertisement“I’m telling you, the power of adrenaline and the power of joy and feeding off of other people’s excitement, is the best fuel out there.”- Rep. Mary Pel …

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