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|DATE OF BIRTH:||May 3, 1952|
|PLACE OF BIRTH:||Columbus, Ohio|
8.3 Mile Wolverine Road
Palmer, Alaska 99645
PO Box 1178
Palmer, Alaska 99645
|OCCUPATION:||Self-Employed Cabinet Maker, Businessman|
|LENGTH OF RESIDENCY
IN ALASKA: 23 years
Anchorage (Hillside): 1975-82
Seacrest High, Delray Beach, Florida, 1970, GED. Technical/Vocational: Harrison Air, Palmer, Alaska, 1982, Private Pilot Rating. College/University: UAA, 1977, Welding.
POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT POSITIONS:
Alaska House of Representatives, 1994-98. Co-Chair, House Resources. Member: Legislative Council, Oil and Gas, Fisheries, State Affairs Committees. Member, Western States Coalition. Former Member, Big Game Commercial Services Board.
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS:
Owner, Mountain Woodcrafters (specializing in Architectural Millwork for institutional, commercial and professional firms)
SERVICE ORGANIZATION(S) MEMBERSHIP:
Palmer Chamber of Commerce, NRA
Wooden boat building (she's almost done), hunting, fishing, coastal cruising, flying, reloading, defending our state's sovereignty, common sense solutions, protecting the permanent fund, responsible resource development
It is a great privilege to serve as Co-Chairman of Resources. Alaska's future is in diversifying and adding value to our resources.
During the four years that I have served as your representative,
I have brought common sense reductions in the size of state
government while prioritizing public safety and education.
I have defended your equal rights, guaranteed under the State
Constitution to hunt and fish.
Young families need good-paying jobs in the Valley. I have supported the Hatcher Pass ski area, the Wishbone Hill coal mine and development at Port McKenzie. I wrote legislation enabling development of the Valley's vast coal bed methane gas resource. New school construction is being 70% funded by the state, saving Valley taxpayers millions. I have successfully fought additional taxes which discouraged investment in the Valley. Private sector development will lower our taxes.
Our children must have a quality education to prepare them for opportunities that development creates. Eight new schools will provide relief for crowded classrooms and stressed teachers. I helped pass legislation which increased standards for student graduation as well as set minimum standards for teachers. Pupil transportation was fully funded. The state's contribution to Valley education funding is now $629 higher per student than Anchorage. While I don't believe that more money buys a better education, basic needs must be met.
My values as a father, husband and businessman were shaped before I was elected. While I am not perfect I will always strive to do what I believe is right.
I will always represent you, not special interests.