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Rep. Bryce Edgmon

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY ORGANIZATION:

Recently, the newly cobbled Democratic House Majority announced its organization and these chairmanships emerged under the speakership of Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham.

Committee Chairs:

Finance Co-Chairs – Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, Neal Foster, D-Nome

Rules – Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage

Resources Co-Chairs – Rep. Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage, Rep. Andy Josephson D-Anchorage

Judiciary – Rep. Matt Claman, D-Anchorage

Labor & Commerce – Rep. Sam Kito, D-Juneau

State Affairs – Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, D-Sitka

Community & Regional Affairs Co-Chairs – Rep. Zach Fansler, D-Bethel, Rep. Justin Parish, D-Juneau

Education – Rep. Harriet Drummond, D-Anchorage

Health & Social Services – Rep. Ivy Spohnholz, D-Anchorage

Transportation Co-Chairs– Rep. Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, Rep. Adam Wool, D-Fairbanks

Joint Committee Chairs:

Legislative Budget & Audit Vice-Chair – Rep. Andy Josephson, D-Anchorage

Legislative Council – Rep. Sam Kito, D-Juneau

Select Committee on Legislative Ethics – Rep. Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage

Armed Services – House Co-Chair, Rep. Scott Kawasaki, D-Fairbanks

Special Committee Chairs:

Energy – Rep. Adam Wool, D-Fairbanks

Fisheries – Rep. Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak

Military & Veterans Affairs – Rep. Jason Grenn, I-Anchorage

Economic Development, Tourism, and Arctic Policy – Rep. Dean Westlake D-Kotzebue

QUESTIONABLE CALL: Even though Sam Kito is said to be dating Commissioner of Labor Heidi Drygas, the Democrats put him at the helm of the Labor and Commerce Committee. See any conflict of interest? We guess that question won’t be brought before the House Ethics Committee, joint chaired by Democrat Chris Tuck.

DEPARTMENT OF HARBINGERS: Now that Democrat Reps. Andy Josephson and Geran Tarr are co-chairing the House Resources Committee, we can expect changes.  Such as their stony silence after Obama’s Interior Department cancelled offshore leases in Alaska’s Arctic through 2022.

Normally, one might expect a robust defense of Alaska’s major economic engine, but under the leadership of the Democratic majority, it’s “go along and get along” with Obama.

REPUBLICAN SENATE MAJORITY ORGANIZATION: 

Finance Co-Chairs – Sen. Anna MacKinnon, R-Anchorage and Sen. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel

Rules – Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage

Health and Social Services, Sen.-elect David Wilson, R-Wasilla

Judiciary, Sen. John Coghill, R-Fairbanks

Resources, Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage

State Affairs, Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla

Community and Regional Affairs, Sen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks

Labor and Commerce, Sen. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage

Transportation, Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka

Education, Sen.-elect Shelley Hughes, R-Palmer

Legislative Budget & Audit, Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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