Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins represents Sitka and 21 other rural Southeast Alaska communities in the Alaska House of Representatives. At twenty-seven years old, he is the youngest member of the legislature. He cares deeply for rural Alaska and the issues its small communities face.
Jonathan was born and raised in Sitka, and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout while growing up. He attended Yale College for three years before leaving school early to run for the Alaska Legislature.
Representative Kreiss-Tomkins cares deeply for rural Alaska. Legislative focuses include growing Alaska’s fishing economy, sustainable rural economic development, growing Alaska’s knowledge economy, and celebrating and revitalizing Alaska Native culture and language. His 2014 legislation enshrining Alaska’s 20 Native languages as official languages of the State of Alaska attracted national attention. Jonathan was recognized by The Washington Post in 2014 as one of its "top 40 under 40" in American politics.
Outside politics, Jonathan has started several programs that bring young people and energy into Sitka. Together, these programs have brought over 200 people to volunteer, work, or live in Sitka, and have led the Yale Office of Career Strategy to identify Sitka as the number one worldwide destination for Yale undergrads seeking OCS summer opportunities, exceeding placements in cities such as London and San Francisco.
In addition to his work, he enjoys endurance running and outdoor adventure, and has won or placed in various trail races and ultramarathons across Alaska and Lower 48. In 2011, Jonathan and his climbing partner posted a first ascent of El Muertito (19,639 feet) in the Argentine-Chilean Andes, then the highest unclimbed peak in the Western Hemisphere, as well as helping settle a debate over the altitude of the world’s tallest volcano Ojos del Salado (22,615 feet). Jonathan also plays cello and double bass, and has twice toured through rural Alaska with a piano trio sponsored by a performing arts grant from the Rasmuson Foundation.