Rep. Paul Seaton

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Legislative Service: 
2003-2018 Representative 
Date/Place of Birth
October 1, 1945
Oxnard, California
Residency in Alaska
Seward: 1975 – 1982
Anchor Point: 1983 – 1992
Kachemak City: 1993 – present
Occupation
Business Owner
Commercial Fisherman
Family
Wife – Tina
Children:
– Tawny, Business Owner in California
– Rand, Fish Tender Captain
Education
Hueneme High School, Oxnard CA: Graduated 1963
Ventura College: Graduated AA 1965
University of California, Santa Barbara CA: 1966
University of Alaska, Fairbanks:
– B.S. Biology, 1968
– Master of Arts in Teaching the Biological Sciences, 1969
San Diego State College: 1972
– M.S. Marine Zoology.
University of California, Santa Barbara CA: 1974 – 1976
– studies on crustacean population ecology
Graduated from AVTEC in Diesel Mechanics: 1979
Alaska State House of Representatives
Committees served on:
Finance Committee: Co-chair (Operating Budget) 2017-2018
Health and Social Services Committee: Chair 2015-2016, member 2003-2016
Community and Regional Affairs: Vice-Chair 2015-2016
Special Committee on Fisheries: Chair 2003–2004, 2007–2008, 2013-2014, member 2003-2014
Resources: Co-Chair 2011–2012, member 2003-2016
Education Committee and Special Com. on Education: Chair 2009–2010, member 2003-2016 State Affairs Committee: Chair 2005–2006, member 2003-2006
House Chair of Legislative Council’s 90-Day Session Evaluation Subcommittee
Joint Legislative Education Task Force: Member 2007
Salmon Industry Task Force Joint Committee: Member 2004
Ways & Means Committee: Member 2005 – 2008
Education Funding District Cost Factor Commission, Member
Finance Subcommittees:
– Commerce, Community & Economic Development
– Education & Early Development
– Environmental Conservation
– Fish & Game
– Law
– Revenue
– Transportation & Public Facilities
–  University
–  DEC – Environmental Conservation
Other Political and Government Positions
Community Rivers Planning Coalition, Anchor Point
Delegate to State Republican Convention, 2002
Lifetime Member, National Education Association: 1968 – present
Member, Pacific Fisheries Legislative Task Force
Former Member, Seward Fish & Game Advisory Committee
Former Member, Seward Harbor Commission
Former Member, City of Homer 2000 Fisheries Task Force
Member, Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Settlement Advisory Council
Member, Education Policy Task Force, Council of State Governments
Member, Education Committee Council of State Governments–West
Member, Higher Education Funding Task Force
Member, Scholarship Funding Task Force
Business and Professional Positions
Business Owner: K-N-S Marine, fish tender business operating 2 vessels contracting with a variety of fish processors.
Commercial Fisherman:
– Cook Inlet Salmon Drift Gillnet for 19 years, 1966 – 1985
– Halibut, 1974 – 2008
– Tanner Crab Cook Inlet
– Pacific cod with pots, 1992 – 2001
Cook Inlet Keeper, member
Homer Chamber of Commerce, member
Founding Board Member, Alaska Marine Conservation Council
Former Member, West Coast Advisory Panel for the National Academy of Sciences
Former Member, National Research Council Committee on Individual Fishing Quotas
Former Member, North Pacific Fisheries Council Committee on ’Harvest Priority’ and ’Full Retention and Full Utilization’
Former Member, Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association
Service Organizations and Community Involvement
Pratt Museum
Homer Foundation
KBBI Public Radio
Kachemak Bay Conservation Society
Kachemak Bay National Research Reserve Community Council
Kachemak Bay Rotary Club
Kachemak Heritage Land Trust
Alaska Marine Conservation Council
National Rifle Association
Other Information
Alaska Youth for Environmental Action, 2007 Legislative Award
Lowell Thomas Jr. Award for Outstanding Civil Service: 2006
State Chamber of Commerce A+ Rating for Promoting a Sustainable Business Climate: 2006
Defender of Democracy Award: 2004
Special Interests
Reading, Talking Politics, Hunting, Fishing, Lapidary