Representative Bart LeBon
House District 1 (Downtown Fairbanks)
I have called Fairbanks home since 1972 when I started at the University of Alaska Fairbanks on a basketball scholarship. I went on to graduate from the UAF School of Management in 1975 and raised a family with my wife, Mary, in Fairbanks with two children and five grandchildren.
Fairbanks and Interior Alaska has a very bright future due, in large part, to the introduction of clean-burning natural gas through the Interior Gas Utility, the anticipated near-term increase of oil through our Pipeline and the mission expansion now taking place at Eielson Air Force Base. Mining remains a critical part of our economic future thanks to the significant business investments made by the Usibelli Coal Mine, Ft. Knox and Pogo Gold Mines. Together with tourism and the economic engine that the University of Alaska represents for Interior Alaska, we have every reason to be very optimistic about our future as a community and state.
A strong, diversified economy best operates within a free market system that is not burdened by excessive government regulation–we need to encourage responsible resource development that is not unreasonably hampered by government overreach. Whenever possible, we need to encourage the continued search for new oil on the North Slope and future mining opportunities such as the International Tower Hill Mine project near Livengood, Alaska.
A strong K-12 and University education system are both critical to our long-term success as a state and both should always enjoy adequate budget support on a consistent basis. I believe that support for our law enforcement professionals should be a core responsibility of all elected officials. Public safety and the consistent enforcement of state laws should also be a very high priority.
I look forward to serving the Interior region and that State of Alaska in the 31st Legislature.
Alaska National Bank from 1975 – 1979 (Loan Officer)
National Bank of Alaska from 1979 – 2000 (Vice President/Commercial Lender)
Mt. McKinley Bank from 2000 – 2017 (Executive Vice President/Chief Credit Administrator)
Fairbanks North Star Borough Board of Education, 1998 – 2004
Board President from 2001 – 2003
Elected to the Alaska State House in 2018
Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Board Chair, 1996 – 1997
Interior Community Health Center Board Member, 1996 – 2016
Fairbanks Downtown Association Board Member, 2006 – 2016
Alaska Airlines Community Advisory Board Member, 1996 – 2018
Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation Finance Committee, 2008 – 2016
Rotary International/Fairbanks Sunrisers Club Member since 1986
Named by the UAF School of Management as their 2002 Business Leader of the Year
Earned a lifetime achievement award from the UAF Alumni Association in 2009
Named a Fairbanks Champion of Children in 2017 by the Dolly Parton Imagination Library
Elected into the UAF Nanook Hall of Fame in 2016 (Men’s Basketball from 1972 – 1974)