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House District 36
Irene K. Nicholia, Democrat



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DATE OF BIRTH: October 6, 1956
PLACE OF BIRTH: Tanana, Alaska
RESIDENCE ADDRESS: Tanana, Alaska
MAILING ADDRESS:
PO Box 248
Tanana, Alaska 99777
OCCUPATION: Administrator
LENGTH OF RESIDENCY
IN ALASKA:
42 years
Tanana: 1984-present, 1959-78
Nenana: 1978-84

POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT POSITIONS:
Alaska House of Representatives, District 36, 1992-present. USA/Canada Yukon Salmon Negotiations Team, Tanana Chiefs Conference Subsistence Task Force, Tanana City School Board, University of Alaska Fairbanks Interior Education Council, Nenana Rural Education Policy Advisory Committee.

BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS:
Alaska Federal Board of Natives, Tozitna Limited Corporation Land Committee

SERVICE ORGANIZATION(S) MEMBERSHIP:
Yukon River Drainage Fishermen's Association. 4-H Leader for Tanana Youth. Tanana Dog Mushers Association, Former President. St. James Episcopal Church Committee, Chair, 1990-92.

SPECIAL INTERESTS:
Reading, biking, basketball, fishing, hunting, boating, boat racing, swimming, talking with people, assisting in special projects, attending community events

OTHER:
I enjoy talking with people, particularly our elders and youth. I like to encourage young people to dream and make their dreams a reality -- to go for the gold, and to be the best they can in their endeavors.


STATEMENT:

It has been a challenge - and an honor - to represent the people of the largest house district in the United States! Despite our geographic distances, we have many issues of common interest: quality education, economic opportunity -- jobs!, responsible resource development, basic service -- especially safe water and sanitation, public safety, and affordable energy. We also share special concern for a healthy fishery which meets subsistence, commercial and sports fishing needs.

As revenues continue to decline in the '90s decisions about spending priorities become even more critical to rural Alaskans. Cuts to operating programs frequently weaken service to rural areas. In recent years rural Alaska has lost trooper positions, Public Health Nurse positions, and other service providers to urban hubs. Capital project budgets allocated by election district result in dollars spread too thin in large rural districts. The 21st Legislature will be challenged to make wise budget decisions. Rural legislators must unite to advocate long-term state spending plans which address basic needs.

The working relationships I brought to the 20th Legislature continue today; my legislative experience on Resources, Rules, World Trade & State/Federal Relations, and Military & Veterans Affairs Committees, and my work with the Task Force on Rural Sanitation and the Education Foundation Formula Task Force have strengthened my advocacy on your behalf.


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