Senate Majority announces new leadership, committee chairs

Legislature convenes again Jan. 15

ANCHORAGE — The Alaska State Senate Majority announced a new lineup today as it finished reorganizing for the 28th Legislature, which convenes in Juneau on Jan. 15.


“We are looking forward to working within this new, strong organization we have created through a very deliberative process,” said Senate Majority Leader John Coghill (R-North Pole) in a prepared statement. “We have built the committee structures in a way that maximizes that skills and interests of each of our members to better accomplish the goals and priorities of the new Alaska State Senate Majority.”

The Senate Majority’s 15 members are drawn from urban and rural areas across Alaska.

The new Senate Leadership has Senate President Sen. Charlie Huggins (R-Wasilla) at the helm. Sen. Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage) is chair of the Rules Committee. Sen. Kevin Meyer (R-Anchorage), and Senator-Elect Pete Kelly (R-Fairbanks) will co-chair the Senate Finance Committee.

Committee Chairs for the 28th Alaska State Legislature are:

Rules: Sen. Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage)

Resources: Sen. Cathy Giessel (R-South Anchorage/Kenai Peninsula)

Judiciary: Sen. John Coghill (R-North Pole)

Transportation: Senator Dennis Egan (D-Juneau)

Education: Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak)

Legislative Budget and Audit Committee: Senator-Elect Anna Fairclough, (R-Anchorage/Eagle River)

Legislative Council: Senator-Elect Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna)

Health and Social Services: Sen. Bert Stedman (R-Sitka)

State Affairs: Sen. Fred Dyson (R-Eagle River)

Community and Regional Affairs Committee: Senator-Elect Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna)

Labor and Commerce: Senator-Elect Mike Dunleavy (R-Mat-Su Valley)

World Trade: Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak)

Senate Co-Chair of Joint Armed Services Committee: Senator-Elect Pete Kelly (R-Fairbanks)

Administrative Regulations Review Committee: Sen. Cathy Giessel (R-South Anchorage/Kenai Peninsula)

In-State Energy Committee: Co-Chairs Senator-Elect Click Bishop (R-Fairbanks) and Senator John Coghill (R-North Pole)

TAPS Throughput Decline: Co-Chairs Senator-Elect Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna) and Senator-Elect Mike Dunleavy (R-Mat-Su Valley)

Senate Member of the Ethics Committee: Senator Cathy Giessel (R-South Anchorage/Kenai Peninsula)

Senate Finance Committee Members:

Co-Chair-Senator Kevin Meyer (R-Anchorage)

Co-Chair Senator Pete Kelly (R-Fairbanks)

Vice-Chair-Senator-Elect Anna Fairclough (R-Anchorage/Eagle River)

Sen. Mike Dunleavy (R-Mat-Su Valley)

Senator-Elect Click Bishop (R-Fairbanks)

Sen. Donny Olson (D-Nome/Golovin)

Senate Committee on Committees:

Chair: Senator Charlie Huggins (R-Wasilla)

Sen. John Coghill (R-North Pole)

Sen. Kevin Meyer (R-Anchorage)

Sen. Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage)

Senator-Elect Pete Kelly (R-Fairbanks)

The rest of the committee members will be decided upon by the Committee on Committees and will be announced in the near future, the prepared release said.


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