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|DATE OF BIRTH:||August 28, 1957|
|PLACE OF BIRTH:||Sioux Center, Iowa|
|CHILDREN:||Corey Anne, Mackenzie|
125 Idaho Street
PO Box 140711
Anchorage, AK 99514-0711
|LENGTH OF RESIDENCY
IN ALASKA: 14 years
High School: Sioux Center, Iowa, 1972-76, Diploma. Central College, Pella, Iowa, 1976-80, B.A. University of Colorado Boulder, 1980-82, M.A.
POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT POSITIONS:
State Representative, 1993-present. Finance Committee: Vice-Chair, 1995-present; Chair, Corrections Subcommittee, 1995-present; Chair, University Subcommittee, 1997-present. Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, 1993-present. International Trade and Tourism Committee, 1997-present. Co-Chair, Legislative Deferred Maintenance Task Force, 1997-98. Joint Committee on Military Bases in Alaska, 1998. Pacific Fisheries Legislative Task Force, 1994-present.
SERVICE ORGANIZATION(S) MEMBERSHIP:
Armed Services YMCA Board, 1991-present. Alaska Special Olympics Board, 1993-present. Kenai River Sportfishing, Inc., Air Force Association, Arctic Power, Association of the U.S. Army, Muldoon Community Coalition, NRA, Northeast Community Council, Sons of the American Legion.
Family, home improvements, golf, fishing
I'm proud of our accomplishment for Muldoon, Fort Richardson,
and the State of Alaska during the last six years.
As Co-chair of the Deferred Maintenance Task Force, we identified deferred maintenance needs throughout Alaska. We funded over $500 million in this year's capital budget and required those receiving state funds to have maintenance plans preventing future deferred maintenance.
I worked actively on legislation to increase school funding, both the foundation formula and construction bond reimbursement (includes Creekside and Muldoon Elementary schools), replacing the 6th Avenue jail, and adding funding for AMATS. These measures provide greater safety to Muldooners and hold property taxes down.
As sponsor and member of the Joint Committee on Military Bases, we'll work at strengthening the military presence in Alaska and protecting our bases from closure in case of reauthorized BRAC.
We've reduced the state's operating budget by $190 million over the last 3 years while retaining essential services, protecting the Permanent Fund, and preventing state sales or income taxes.
We are beginning to get control of state government. Next session my priorities will be: