An accomplished businessman and politician, Bill Thomas represented House District 5 in the Alaska State Legislature from 2004–2012 and is a commercial fisherman. His distinguished career includes military service in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and several political and governmental positions.
Thomas has served as former CEO and chair of Klukwan, Inc. and on the Haines School Board and Haines Borough Assembly. He has also committed his time to service organizations such as the Chilkoot Indian Association, and the Southeast Alaska Fisherman's Alliance, where he served on the board of directors. He is a lifetime member of the United Fishermen of Alaska, and a lifetime American Legion member.
He and his wife live in Haines, Alaska, and have five children. Thomas is Raven, Whale House, and his Tlingit name is Kow’ ishkoow.
He has served on the Sealaska board since 2009.