There’s no place like Alaska. I have lived here for thirty-eight years, first arriving on New Year’s Eve, 1978. Initially, I lived in Anchorage.  I then moved to Kodiak but returned to Anchorage in 2009 in order to be closer to my children. I am proud to have worked in public service for almost 20 years, first as mayor of the Kodiak Island Borough, from 2001 to 2004, then in the State House from 2005 to 2009 and from 2012 up to now. I have worked hard for every community that I have ever been a part of and will continue to do so.

I believe that in order to represent people, you have to know them. I have repeatedly gone door to door to meet my neighbors, listen to them, and learn about what I can do to help. You deserve an honest, committed state representative who will work hard to make Muldoon and JBER (Elmendorf) a great place to live and work. I have met many of my neighbors over the last four years and I look forward to meeting more of you. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

In Alaska, we have a great responsibility on our hands to promote and protect our people, our land, and our prosperity. East Anchorage has a lot of room to thrive. Let’s rise to the challenge and make our community an even better place to live, work, and play.

Professional Background:

Attorney

Length of Residency in Alaska:

38 years

Family:

Spouse – Kurt (deceased)
Children – Matthew, Sheree, Daniel (deceased)
Grandchild – Cuauhtemoc

Education:

School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California Berkeley, 1970-1973, J.D.
University of California Berkeley, 1968-1970, B.A.
University of Southern California, 1966-1968
La Mirada High School, 1962-1966

Public Service Positions:

Alaska State Representative, 2005-2009 and 2012-current
Board Member, Northeast Community Council, 2010-2012
Board Member, Alaska Municipal League, 2003-2004
Borough Mayor, Kodiak Island Borough 2001-2004
Board Member, Kodiak Electric Association 1995-2000

Business, Professional, & Service Affiliations:

Board Member, Armed Services YMCA
Board Member, Alaska Youth & Family Network
Board Member, Alaska Legal Services Corporation
Anchorage Chamber of Commerce (Military Committee)
Pioneers of Alaska, Womens’ Igloo 4, Anchorage
Sons of Norway, Bernt Balchen Lodge, Anchorage
Bridge Builders of Anchorage
Rotary Club of Anchorage
Mubuhay Lions Club (former Board Member)
Resource Development Council
Alaska Support Industry Alliance

Special Interests:

Travel, true crime novels, running, and hiking