After the longest stalemate in state history, we voted to elect Representative Bryce Edgmon as Speaker, with a shared leadership team and caucus membership that includes Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. I was honored to cast a vote in support of Speaker Edgmon, and am looking forward to fulfilling our job of developing and passing a state budget. As one of my colleagues said in supporting Speaker Edgmon, “To hell with politics—let’s do what’s right for Alaska.”Read more
The House has elected Speaker Bryce Edgmon (Dillingham) and we are full steam ahead. As a member of the House Bi-partisan majority (8 Republicans, 2 Independents, 15 Democrats), I look forward to working with our coalition to support a full PFD, improve public safety and protect education, health care, seniors and veterans.Read more
On a 21-18 vote, the House has elected Representative Bryce Edgmon to his second term as Speaker.
I am a member of the multi-partisan Majority, with a seat on the powerful Finance Committee and the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee.
Thank you for taking the time to read my legislative updates. Recently there have been some important developments that you should know about which could affect the lives of every Alaskan for years to come.Read more
The House finally organized into a majority/minority structure this week by giving Rep. Bryce Edgmon from Dillingham enough votes to become Speaker of the House. He was the speaker for the last two years and I look forward to working with him again as a member of the majority.Read more
Well, this was a big week in the Alaska Legislature. On Wednesday, the governor released his proposed FY2020 budget, and on Thursday I was pleased to see the House organize with a bipartisan coalition.Read more
What a week it has been. On day 31 of the 31st legislature we elected Rep. Bryce Edgmon as Speaker of the House. This has been an unusual start to a session and I know at times frustrating to watch. With the budget coming out this week I think you can see why the stakes are so high this session. What hasn’t been seen is the number of conversations that have taken place about the budget and how to move our state forward. There have been many productive conversations and….Read more
The Governor’s budget finally came out yesterday. During the campaign, the Governor claimed he would only need to cut about $500 million, but since taking office, that number has inflated to $1.6 billion.Read more