Cliff Notes #1
"Serving House District 18"
(Government Hill, JBER, and parts of North Muldoon, Downtown, Fairview, and Mountain View)
Hello! I'm Cliff Groh. I am honored and humbled to have been elected to serve as your Representative. I am committed to serving you to the very best of my ability and will do my utmost to advance policies that support you, your family, and our neighborhoods. 

This is the first edition of my office's newsletter, which will provide updates on what is going on in the Legislature. This inaugural offering will set out information about the beginning of the Legislature, the organization of the House, and staying in touch with me during this session.
Alaska State Representatives Andrew Gray, Genevieve Mina, Cliff Groh, and Zack Fields are sworn into as members of the 33rd Alaska Legislature. 

The House Organizes and Committee Assignments Arrive

The day after the oaths of office was administered, the House elected Representative Cathy Tilton (R.-Wasilla) as the Speaker when members of the Bush Caucus joined with almost all of the House's Republicans. This decision came after a lot of work—eventually unsuccessful—by me and others to maintain the moderate and multipartisan (Democrat/Republican/Independent) majority organization that had served Alaskans for six years. I ended up in a strong and cohesive minority in the House with 15 Democrats and Independents and Representative Calvin Schrage (I.-Anchorage) as Minority Leader.

I received an excellent array of committee assignments, however. I serve on the House Judiciary, Ways and Means, and Military and Veterans' Affairs Committees, as well as the Joint (that is, House and Senate) Armed Services Committee. These committee assignments will allow me to pursue two of my main goals in office, which are to (1) eliminate--or at least substantially reduce--the State of Alaska's structural deficit that threatens our state's ability to provide good schools, roads, public safety, and other critical services to Alaskans and (2) promote good constitutional amendments while stopping misguided constitutional amendments. Additionally, these committee slots will help me aid those who live on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson (JBER) and the veterans who live throughout our district.

I have spoken with hundreds of our district's residents during the past year about the issues that matter most to you. I look forward to working with you on these issues, which include homelessness, preventing school closures, increasing funding for education, improving traffic safety and road maintenance (including fixing the lack of sidewalks and the blind corners, which are particularly prevalent in North Muldoon), protecting reproductive freedom, reducing the high rates of domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska, and retaining the Spanish immersion program at Government Hill Elementary School.

Please welcome my new legislative staff members, Cillian McDonagh and Cameron Ebersold, shown here with Lieutenant Governor Nancy Dahlstrom, my wife Theresa Philbrick, and me.  

I Proudly Announce My New Legislative Staff

I am lucky to have a talented and hard-working to help me achieve these goals. Cameron Ebersold is a UAA graduate who left a graduate program in economics to come work for me in the Legislature. Cillian McDonagh is a West High graduate who grew up in Anchorage and served as a White House intern last fall following his graduation from Bowdoin College.   

Cillian is also taking the lead in contact with constituents. This office will respond to constituent requests and inquiries and hold events to reach out to the district's residents. If you need help addressing questions about Permanent Fund Dividends, unemployment benefits, business licenses, or other matters involving agencies or programs of the State of Alaska, don't hesitate to get in touch with Cillian, Cameron, or me at:

Contact Information

(907) 465-4998


I participated in a rally in front of the Capitol, supporting an increase in the Base Student Allocation (BSA) to provide more funding for K-12 education.  

I look forward to serving you.  

Signing my oath of office with Lieutenant Governor Nancy Dahlstrom
Phone: 907-465-4998

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