Updates to the Juneau Empire's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Legislature

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2002

This is corrected or updated information for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Legislature 2002, a special section of the Empire originally published Jan. 13.

The information below includes changes in office or committee assignments, personal or legislative/executive information that was inadvertently omitted from the guide, and corrections to various errors in fact, spelling and style.

This listing comes mostly from requests for changes from legislative staff.

It does not reprise all information from individual entries in the printed guide. For example, if a committee membership was omitted and is now listed here, correct committee information from the guide is not repeated.

Hereafter, any further updates or corrections will be included in the Web-posted version of the guide at www.AlaskaLegislature.com. They can be e-mailed to webmaster@juneauempire.com.


Rep. Hugh Fate, District 33, Fairbanks Republican. Interim: 119 N. Cushman, Suite 101, Fairbanks, AK. 99701, 452-4444, fax 465-3346. Personal: 12 grandchildren.

Rep. Andrew Halcro, District 12, Anchorage Republican. Spouse: Vicki.

Rep. Beth Kerttula, District 3, Juneau Democrat. Staff: Shannon McCormick. Karen Greeney has departed.

Rep. Pete Kott, District 24, Eagle River Republican. Kris Knauss has left the office of Sen. Pete Kelly to work for Kott as an aide to the House Rules Committee.

Rep. Lisa Murkowski, District 14, Anchorage Republican. Spouse: Verne. Member, Joint Armed Services Committee, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, Legislative Council. Interests: Boys and Girls Clubs.


Sen. John Cowdery, District I, Anchorage Republican. Interim office: Suite 530, 716 W. 4th Ave., Anchorage, AK. 99501. Legislature/committees: Chairman, Special Committee on World Trade and State/Federal Relations; member, Legislative Council.

Sen. Lyda Green, District N, Matanuska-Susitna Republican. Staff: Jerry Burnett, Janey Wineinger, Vicki Kindseth, Geraldine McIntosh.

Sen. Rick Halford, District M, Chugiak Republican. Legislature/committees: Member, Rules Committee.

Sen. Pete Kelly, District P, Fairbanks Republican. Former/ other: Member, Resources Committee.

Sen. Georgianna Lincoln, District R, Rampart Democrat. Legislature/committees: Chairwoman, Bush Caucus; member, Children's Caucus, Fiscal Policy Caucus. Former/other: Member, Governor's Commission on Tolerance, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.

Sen. Donny Olson, District S, Nome Democrat. Staff: Linda Joule, Jessica Etheridge. Aimee Moore has departed.

Sen. Randy Phillips, District L, Eagle River Republican. Legislative/committees: Chairman, Rules Committee. Former/other: Chairman, Labor and Commerce Committee.

Sen. Ben Stevens, District F, Anchorage Republican. Legislative/committees: Chairman, Labor and Commerce Committee; member, State Affairs Committee, Resources Committee.

Sen. Robin Taylor, District A, Wrangell Republican. Staff: Darrell Thomas, Kay Andrew. Interim address: 50 Front St., Ketchikan, AK. 99901. Interim fax, Wrangell: 874-3470.

Sen. Gary Wilken, District O, Fairbanks Republican. Legislative/committees: Vice chairman, Resources Committee.

Department of Law:

Staff: Dean Guaneli, chief assistant attorney general, Criminal Division; Susan Cox, office chief, Juneau Civil Division; Pamla Credo-Hayes, office manager, Juneau Civil Division.

Capitol press corps:

Ben Spiess, Anchorage Daily News. Cell: 321-0115. Fax: 463-3996.


The article on Sen. Ben Stevens omitted one member of the Legislature in a round-up of "second-generation politicians" serving at the Capitol. Rep. Richard Foster, Nome Democrat, is the son of Neal W. Foster, a senator in the 22nd and 23rd territorial legislatures and in the third and fourth state legislatures.

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