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Breaking: Neal Foster is new House Speaker Pro Tem


The Alaska House, still trying to organize, chose Rep. Neal Foster as the Speaker Pro Tem of the body. The position is temporary.

Rep. Dave Talerico nominated Rep. Mark Neuman of Big Lake. Rep. Chris Tuck nominated Foster, of Nome.

The vote was 19 yes, and 20 no on Neuman, and 35-4 on Foster, with Reps. David Eastman, George Rauscher, Colleen Sullivan-Leonard, and Mark Neuman voting no to Foster, and Gary Knopp voting no on Neuman.

The first order of business was to swear in Sharon Jackson as the representative for House District 13.

Jackson was escorted into the chambers and was administered the oath of office by Foster. The House then adjourned until Friday, 1 pm.

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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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  • Good move by Republicans, …whom is going to need many more good moves this session, as obstructionist Democrats have nothing else to do but play their games.