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House District 17
John J. Cowdery, Republican



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DATE OF BIRTH: 1930
PLACE OF BIRTH: Missouri
SPOUSE: Juanita
CHILDREN: three
RESIDENCE ADDRESS:
8120 Lake Otis Parkway
Anchorage, Alaska 99507
MAILING ADDRESS:
PO Box 230251
Anchorage, Alaska 99523
OCCUPATION: Businessman (retired)
LENGTH OF RESIDENCY
IN ALASKA:
48 years

POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT POSITIONS:
House of Representatives, 4 years. Chairman: House Labor and Commerce, House Oil and Gas, House International Trade and Tourism Committees. Member, House Transportation Committee. Founder, Anchorage Caucus. Special Projects Manager, Municipality of Anchorage.

BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS:
Built and ran a successful business for 30 years

SPECIAL INTERESTS:
Family, music, boating, flying, photography

OTHER:
I was born in Missouri, educated in California, and came to the Territory of Alaska in 1950. Juanita and I built homes for ourselves, my parents, and our children in this district. Recently we welcomed the fifth generation of our family to Alaska. I have a background in finance, economics and engineering. While building our company, we helped create many homes, roads, businesses and jobs in our community. I also built a solid reputation for hard, honest and dependable work.


STATEMENT:

I sponsored and managed legislation upgrading passenger facilities at Anchorage International Airport. My committee did the most extensive analysis ever performed by the legislature of the state's several international trade-related programs, publishing a public report. I worked to bring us a fair proportion of state funds for transportation, recreation, public works and the University of Alaska. My bill limiting minors' access to retail tobacco sales was signed into law.

Budget: As a member of two budget subcommittees, I did my part toward cutting $250 million from the Operating Budget. We're now going into year four of our five-year program. Waste and duplication still abound in many state programs.

Permanent Fund: I voted to deposit an extra $800 million into the Permanent Fund.

Education: I supported a rewrite of the basic law that allocates education funds. It's been out of balance to Anchorage's detriment for many years. I also introduced legislation to dedicate a percentage of revenue from ANWR to education.

Crime Control: I supported new laws to toughen jail sentence for sexual molesters and child pornographers. We empowered police to arrest minors. Minors over the age of 16 can now be prosecuted as adults in cases where they use a deadly weapon in commission of a crime. We authorized expenditures for new prisons in Fort Greely and Anchorage. And, I supported sentencing for nonviolent offenders to house arrest with electronic monitoring. I sponsored a constitutional amendment to require confirmation of judges for the state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.


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