Elected Officials

Elected Officials

US Senator
Lisa Murkowski
US Senator
Lisa Murkowski
Senator Lisa Murkowski is the first Alaskan-born Senator and only the sixth United States Senator to serve the state. The state’s senior Senator, Lisa Murkowski is a third-generation Alaskan, born in Ketchikan and raised in towns across the state: Wrangell, Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage. Since joining the Senate in 2002, Senator Murkowski has been a strong advocate for Alaska on the important issues facing the state, including energy, health care, education, military/veterans’ affairs and infrastructure development. Only the 32nd female to serve in the United States Senate since its founding in 1789, Senator Murkowski has assumed leadership roles quickly. She is the Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, where she is the Chairman of the Interior and Environment Subcommittee. Senator Murkowski is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee – the first Alaskan to serve on that panel – and also is a senior member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. She earned a B.A. in economics from Georgetown University in 1980 and a law degree from Willamette University in 1985. Prior to her appointment to the United States Senate, Senator Murkowski practiced commercial law in Anchorage and was elected to three terms in the Alaska State House of Representatives. She was elected to a full six-year U.S. Senate term in 2004, and was re-elected in 2010 in a historic write-in campaign, the first successful write-in effort to the Senate since 1954. Senator Murkowski is married to Verne Martell and they have two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family in the Alaska outdoors.
US Senator
Dan Sullivan
US Senator
Dan Sullivan
Dan Sullivan was sworn in as Alaska’s eighth United States Senator on January 6, 2015. Sullivan serves on four Senate committees vital to Alaska: the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; the Armed Services Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Sullivan served as Alaska’s Attorney General and Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. As Alaska’s Attorney General, Sullivan’s number one priority was protecting Alaskans, their physical safety, financial well-being, and individual rights – particularly Alaska’s most vulnerable. During his tenure he spearheaded a comprehensive statewide strategy – the “Choose Respect” campaign – to combat Alaska’s high rates of domestic violence and sexual assault. Under Sullivan’s leadership, the Department of Law also undertook an aggressive strategy of initiating and intervening in litigation aimed at halting federal government overreach into the lives of Alaskans and their economy. As Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Sullivan managed one of the largest portfolios of oil, gas, minerals, renewable energy, timber, land, and water in the world. Working closely with Alaska’s Governor and state legislature, Sullivan developed numerous strategies that spurred responsible resource development, energy security, and a dramatic increase in good-paying jobs across a number of critical sectors in the Alaska economy. He also developed a comprehensive plan to streamline and reform the state’s regulatory and permitting system. Sullivan is one of a select number of Alaskan attorneys who has held judicial clerkships on both the highest federal and state courts in Alaska. He served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Andrew Kleinfeld of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Fairbanks, Alaska and for Chief Justice Warren Matthews of the Alaska Supreme Court in Anchorage, Alaska. Sullivan also served as a judicial law clerk/intern for Judge James L. Buckley on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Sullivan has a distinguished record of military and national security service. He is currently an infantry officer and Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. Over the past 21 years, Sullivan has served in a variety of command and staff billets on active duty and in the reserves, including: TRAP Force Commander and 81mm mortar Platoon Commander, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable); Weapons Company Executive Officer, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines; Commanding Officer, Delta Company, Anti-Terrorism Battalion; Executive Officer, Echo Company, Fourth Reconnaissance Battalion; and Commanding Officer, 6thAir Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO). In 2004, Sullivan was recalled to active duty for a year and a half to serve as a staff officer to the Commander of U.S. Central Command, General John Abizaid, spending substantial time deployed in the Middle East, the Horn of Africa, and Central Asia. In July 2013, Sullivan was recalled to active duty to serve with a Joint Task Force in Afghanistan focusing on dismantling terrorist networks and criminalizing the Taliban insurgency. Sullivan served in the Administration of President George W. Bush as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Business under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He focused on fighting terrorist financing, and implementing policies relating to international energy, economic, trade, finance, transportation, telecommunications, and Arctic issues. Sullivan also served as a Director in the International Economics Directorate of the National Security Council staff at the White House. Sullivan earned a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University in 1987 and a joint law and Masters of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1993. Dan and his wife Julie Fate Sullivan were married over 20 years ago in Julie’s hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska. They have three teenage daughters: Meghan, Isabella and Laurel.
Congressman
Don Young
Congressman
Don Young
Congressman Don Young was re-elected to the 114th Congress in 2014 to serve his 22nd term as Alaska’s only Representative to the United States House of Representatives. First sworn in as a freshman to the 93rd Congress after winning a special election on March 6, 1973, Congressman Young is today the 1st ranking Republican member and the 3rd ranking overall member of the House of Representatives. Congressman Young served as Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee from 1995 to 2001 and then as the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from 2001-2007. In the 110th Congress, Representative Young returned to the helm of the Resources Committee to lead his fellow Republicans as the Ranking Member. In the 112th Congress, he was chosen to serve as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Alaska Native and Indian Affairs – a position he maintains today. Congressman Young currently serves as a senior Republican on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and House Natural Resources Committee. Congressman Young calls Fort Yukon, Alaska home; a remote village of approximately 700 people located 7 miles above the Arctic Circle in Alaska’s central interior region. Born on June 9, 1933 in Meridian, California, he earned his associate degree at Yuba Junior College in 1952, and his bachelor’s degree in teaching at Chico State College in 1958. Between earning these degrees, he served in the US Army’s 41st Tank Battalion from 1955 to 1957. When he first moved to Alaska, Congressman Young made a living in construction and tried his hand at commercial fishing, trapping, and in the search for gold. In Fort Yukon he taught in a 25-student, 5th grade elementary class in the Bureau of Indian Affairs school. Constructed of logs, the school had a wood stove that kept his Alaska Native students warm in the sub-freezing, arctic winter. With the annual spring break-up of the river ice, he captained his own tug and barge operation to deliver products and supplies to villages along the Yukon River. Even today, he remains the only licensed mariner in Congress. It was in Fort Yukon that Rep. Young met and married a young bookkeeper named Lu. Lu was always at the Congressman’s side and supported him throughout his public service career. Lu and Don were married for 46 years. They were blessed with and raised two daughters, Joni and Dawn, and 14 grandchildren. Mrs. Young passed away on August 2, 2009. Although Congressman Young never imagined finding love again, on June 9, 2015 he married Anne Garland Walton, a Fairbanks-area flight nurse and proud mother of two children and six grandchildren. Congressman Young first entered public service in 1964 when he was elected Mayor of Fort Yukon. Two years later, Alaskan voters elected him to the State Legislature in Juneau where he served in the State House from 1966 to 1970, and later in the State Senate from 1970 to 1973. Just hours after being sworn in to United States House of Representatives in 1973, he found himself leading the historic battle for approval of the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline. Often citing this as the single most important achievement in his career, Congressman Young stated, “Next to statehood itself, the most historical legislation passed that affected every Alaskan then, now, and in the future, was the passage of the pipeline legislation.” That same year, his colleagues honored him as the “Freshman Congressman of the Year.” He went on to gain a key appointment on the then Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee where he pushed through the 200-mile fishing limit critical to Alaska’s fishing industry. He fought against federal control of lands and resources to which Alaskans are rightfully entitled – a battle he continues today with the same vigor. In 1997, he passed by a 419 to 1 vote, the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act, which sets guidelines and priority uses within our nation’s 550-plus wildlife refuges. Congressman Young proudly serves as the “Congressman for All Alaska” and loves his role as the only Alaskan Representative in Congress. Renewed by the challenges and goals of the 114th Congress and his committee positions, Congressman Young will continue to champion legislation and funding for programs benefiting Alaska and the nation. His vision remains the same – to provide citizens with the opportunity for a better life not just for today, but also for tomorrow and the future.
Governor
Mike Dunleavy
Lieutenant Governor
Kevin Meyer
Senator
Click Bishop
Senator
Mike Shower
Senator
Lora Reinbold
Senator
Lora Reinbold
It’s a pleasure to serve you in the Alaska State Legislature representing Eagle River District 14. I am an Alaskan born and raised with an extensive business background and a track record of hard work, collaboration, and results! As a republican I believe in smaller government, and an economy based on free market principles. Government should be prioritized to the core functions of public safety, education and infrastructure. Individual rights must be preserved and dependence on government should be discouraged. I take my oath to uphold and defend the State Constitution seriously and will fight to protect our inalienable rights.
Senator
Mia Costello
Senator
Chris Birch
Senator
Peter Micciche
Representative
Barton LeBon
Representative
Steve Thompson
Representative
Steve Thompson
Date/Place of Birth: Cottage Grove, Oregon – 1944 Residency in Alaska: Since 1965 Occupation: Retired Family: Wife – Kathleen Thompson Children – Max Thompson, Todd Thompson, Scott Thompson, Natalie Jones, Aaron Gillette Education: Sutherlin High School class of 1962 Oregon Technical Institute 1962-63 Southern Oregon College, Ashland, Oregon 1963-65 Military: U.S. Army 1965-67 Sergeant E-5 Other Political and Government Positions: Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Budget Review Committee Alaska State Workers Compensation Board Mayor, City of Fairbanks Business and Professional Positions: Past President/CEO – M & O Auto Parts and Equipment, Inc. Service Organizations and Community Involvement: Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce National Rifle Assocation Fairbanks Elks Lodge Masonic Lodge Shriners Special Interests: Fishing, hunting, golf, rafting
Representative and Finance Co-Chair
Tammie Wilson
Representative and Finance Co-Chair
Tammie Wilson
Residency in Alaska: North Pole, Alaska Occupation: Automotive Shop Owner/Manager Family: Husband: Robert Children: Sandra, Daniel, Robert, Josh Education: Illinois State University – BS Education 1983 Alaska State House of Representatives: Armed Services: 2009 – 2010 Finance: 2011 – present Health & Social Services: 2009 – 2010 Vice-Chair: 2009 – 2010 Labor & Commerce: 2009 – 2010 Military Veterans’ Affairs: 2009 – 2010 Transportation: 2009 – 2010 Finance Subcommittees: – Chair, Education & Early Development: 2011 – present – Chair, Military & Veterans’ Affairs: 2011 – present – Environmental Conservation: 2009 – 2010 – Natural Resources: 2009 – 2010 – University of Alaska: 2011 – present Other Political and Government Positions: Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly Member: 2008-2009 – Economic Development Committee – Fairbanks Convention & Visitors Bureau, Assembly Liaison GVEA Membership Advisory Committee – 2006-2008 GVEA District 3 Nominating Committee, Chair – 2007 Business and Professional Positions: Fmr Owner/Operator, Antique & Collectible Store Fmr Love INC., Vice President and Board Member – 2006 Service Organizations and Community Involvement: Little League and Soccer Coach: 1992-1995 Air Quality Commission, Fairbanks North Star Borough: 2006-2008 Santa’s Clearinghouse, Volunteer: 2004-2010 Coordinated Transportation Committee, Fairbanks North Star Borough: 2007-2009 National Rifle Association Other Information: Flint Hills Golden Heart Award, 2008 Special Interests: Community volunteering, family time, fishing.
Representative and Speaker of the House
Dave Talerico
Representative and Speaker of the House
Dave Talerico
Date/Place of Birth: February 23, 1956. Residency in Alaska: David was born in Ellensburg, Washington and moved to Suntrana, a mining community next to Healy when he was 13 years old with his family. He is one of 4 sons of Frank and Doris Talerico. Occupation: Miner, HR and Safety Family: Married at 19 to his wife Peggy They have been married 40 years. They have 2 grown children Danielle and David and 6 grandchildren. Other Political and Government Positions: Denali Borough Mayor – November 2002 to December 2012 Alaska Legislative Staff – January 2013 to May 2013 Upper Railbelt School Board Denali Borough Land Use Planning Committee Tri-Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. Board Denali Borough Assembly Denali Borough Mayor Alaska Safety Advisory Council Business and Professional Positions: Usibelli Coal Mine – April 1974 to January 1997 Denali River View Inn – Owner/Operator October 1996 to October 2005 Usibelli – June 2013 to December 2014
Representative
Colleen Sullivan-Leonard
Representative
Colleen Sullivan-Leonard
Colleen Sullivan-Leonard is a lifelong fourth generation Alaskan and the eldest daughter of George and Margaret Sullivan, originally of Fairbanks. Raised in Anchorage, she and her husband Ted Leonard have lived in Wasilla for twenty years. They now have seven grown children and three grandchildren.
Representative
Mark Neuman
Representative
George Rauscher
Representative
George Rauscher
Committees: Resources Energy Military and Veterans Affairs Regional and Community Development DOT Finance Subcommittee Corrections Community Service: Sutton City Council – Director Jonesville Public Use Committee – Chair Alpine 31 Road Service Advisory Board – Primary Mat Su Borough Road Service Advisory Board
Representative
David Eastman
Representative
David Eastman
David grew up the son of an entrepreneur and small business owner in Orange County, California. He studied law at West Point, and after graduating was given his first choice of military assignments. Pursuing his lifelong dream of becoming an Alaskan, he chose the Last Frontier. As a Military Police Captain stationed at Fort Richardson from 2003-2011, he prepared soldiers for deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and himself led troops in Afghanistan. He served as Provost Marshal of Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan, was appointed as a military summary court martial judge, and served as the AFIC Anti-Terrorism Branch Chief for the 56th Presidential Inaugural in Washington DC. David is the first member of his family ever to serve in elected office. He brings a fresh perspective to the legislature not only as a military veteran, but also as someone dedicated to sharing the lessons he learned as the son of an entrepreneur, a mindset he adopted early in life. He has been a member of the Alaska law enforcement community since 2003. Active in community service, he was chosen as an Alaska state volunteer of the year by First Lady Sandy Parnell in 2010. He is currently a Mat-Su Firefighter/EMT and a member of the Mat-Su Water Rescue and Hazmat Teams. He lives in Wasilla with his wife Jennifer and their two daughters.
Representative
Delena Johnson
Representative
Delena Johnson
DeLena Johnson is the representative for Alaska House District 11, the eastern core area of the Mat-Su Valley.
Representative and Rules Chair
Cathy Tilton
Representative and Rules Chair
Cathy Tilton
This is the official campaign page for Cathy Tilton, candidate for Alaska State House District 12 in the MatSu Valley that encompasses all or part(s) of Butte, Chugiak, Eklutna, Peters Creek and Fairview. As a lifelong Alaskan and long-time Valley resident, she KNOWS the issues. As an active member of our community, successful businesswoman, experienced legislative staffer, and delegation co-chair for the MatSu, she UNDERSTANDS the issues. As your current legislator, she has LED ON THE ISSUES.
Representative
Sharon Jackson
Representative
Kelly Merrick
Representative
Gabrielle LeDoux
Representative
Sara Rasmussen
Representative and Majority Leader
Chuck Kopp
Representative and Majority Leader
Chuck Kopp
Representative Chuck Kopp, a lifelong Alaskan, is the son of educators and entrepreneurs. Chuck has a B.A. in Justice from UAA and chose a career in public safety that spanned over 23 years. He served in the Anchorage and the Kenai Police Departments and graduated from the National Training Center of Polygraph Science as a Certified Expert Polygraph Examiner, skills he put to use in successfully resolving three homicides on the Kenai Peninsula where the victim’s bodies were never recovered. One of these murder cases is documented by author Phil Hermanek in The Trials of Billy Dean Smith: A True Story of Murders on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. He served 7 years as the Chief of Police for the City of Kenai, and as Acting City Manager from 2005 – 2006. Alaska Governors Murkowski and Palin both appointed him to an oversight role on their transition teams with respect to the Department of Public Safety. From 2010 – 2016 Chuck served as Chief of Staff to two Alaska State Senators. In November 2016 he was elected to the Alaska State House of Representatives for District 24 and serves on the Education, Judiciary, and Transportation Committees. Chuck is an Alaska Journal of Commerce “Top 40 under 40”, and in 2006 was inducted into the first inaugural class of the Alaska High School Hall of Fame for outstanding performance as a multisport athlete. Chuck recently served the State of Alaska as a Governor appointee to Alaska’s Education Challenge Task Force on the Tribal & Community Ownership Committee. Chuck and his wife Trish have been married 30 years and have three children. EDUCATION: High School, Cook Inlet Academy, Soldotna 1979-1983 B.A. Justice, University of Alaska, Anchorage 1983-1987 FBI National Academy, Marine Corps Base Quantico 1996 Public Administration, Graduate Course Work, U of AK, Southeast 1999 POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT POSITIONS: Governor Palin appointee to Chair Dept. of Public Safety transition team 2006 Alaska Police Standards Council, Member & Board Chair 2003-2007 Alaska Judicial Council, Member 2007-2008 BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS: Police Reserve Officer, Anchorage Police Department 1986-1989 Police Officer, City of Kenai, Alaska, and Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska 1989-2009 Chief of Police, City of Kenai 2002-2008 Acting City Manager, City of Kenai 2005-2006 Chief of Staff, serving Alaska State Senators 2010-2016 SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS MEMBERSHIP: Anchorage Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Committee 2012-2018 Alaska Peace Officers Association 1993-2018 Kenai Peninsula Community Care Center 1995-2002 SPECIAL INTERESTS: Music, hiking, trail running, camping, hunting and fishing OTHER: Alaska Peace Officer Association – Statewide “Member of the Year” 2001 Alaska Journal of Commerce “Top 40 under 40” 2004 Inductee, ASAA, Alaska High School Sports Hall of Fame 2006
Representative
Josh Revak
Representative
Laddie Shaw
Representative and Finance Co-Chair Lance Pruitt
Lance Pruitt
Representative and Finance Co-Chair Lance Pruitt
Lance Pruitt
Date/Place of Birth: August 18, 1981 Anchorage, Alaska Residency in Alaska: Lifelong East Anchorage Resident Occupation: Transportation & Logistics General Manager Small Business Owner Family: Wife: Mary Ann Children: Jacob and Bryce Education: Heritage High School: Graduated 1999 University of Alaska Anchorage: 1999 – 2003 – B.A. History Kaplan University: 2007 – 2009 – M.B.A. Administration Business and Professional Positions: General Manager, Sears logistics Service Manager, FedEx Ground NANA Slope Worker Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Service Organizations and Community Involvement: Alaska Airmen’s Association Commonwealth North National Rifle Association Resource Development Council Youth Soccer Coach Gladys Woods Summer Soccer Special Interests: Spending time with my family, skiing, camping, history
Representative
Jennifer Johnston
Representative
Jennifer Johnston
Alaska State Representative for District 28, United States, Republican
Representative
Ben Carpenter
Representative
Sarah Vance
Representative
Louise Stutes

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