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Encyclopedia > Alaska Senate
The Alaska Senate in session.
The Alaska Senate in session.

The Alaska Senate is the upper house in the Alaska Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Alaska. The Senate consists of 20 members representing an equal amount of districts, with an average constituent population per district at 31,347 (2000 figures). Members serve four-year terms without term limits. With 20 Senators, the Alaska Senate is the smallest upper house state legislative body in the United States. Image File history File links Alaska_Senate. ... Image File history File links Alaska_Senate. ... An upper house is one of two chambers of a bicameral legislature, the other chamber being the lower house. ... The Alaska Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Alaska. ... State legislatures are the lawmaking bodies of the 50 states in the United States of America. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries â€¢ Politics Portal      A state of the United States is any one of the fifty subnational entities referred to... Official language(s) English Capital Juneau Largest city Anchorage Area  Ranked 1st  - Total 663,267 sq mi (1,717,855 km²)  - Width 808 miles (1,300 km)  - Length 1,479 miles (2,380 km)  - % water 13. ... A term limit is a provision of a constitution, statute, or bylaw which limits the number of terms a person may serve in a particular elected office. ...


Like other upper houses of state and territorial legislatures and the federal U.S. Senate, the Senate can confirm or reject gubernatorial appointments to the state cabinet, commissions and boards. The United States Senate is the upper house of the U.S. Congress, smaller than the United States House of Representatives. ... A cabinet is a body of high-ranking members of government, typically representing the executive branch. ...


The Senate convenes at the State Capitol in Juneau. The Alaska Capitol The Alaska State Capitol Building is located in Juneau, Alaska. ... Juneau redirects here. ...

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Leadership of the Senate

The President of the Senate presides over the body, appointing members to all of the Senate's committees and joint committees, and may create other committees and subcommittees if desired. Unlike other states, the Lieutenant Governor of Alaska does not preside over the Senate. Instead, the Lieutenant Governor oversees the Alaska Division of Elections, fulfilling the role of Secretary of State as in a majority of U.S. states. Only two other states, Hawaii and Utah, have similar constitutional arrangements for their lieutenant governors. The other partisan Senate leadership positions, such as the Majority and Minority leaders, are elected by their respective party caucuses to head their parties in the chamber. The President of the Senate is the title often given to the presiding officer, or chairman, of a senate. ... This is a list of people who have served as lieutenant governor of the U.S. state of Alaska since statehood in 1959. ... Secretary of State is an official in the state governments of 47 of the 50 states of the United States. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, the lead section of this article may need to be expanded. ... The majority leader is a term used in congressional systems for the chamber leader of the party in control of a legislature. ... In U.S. politics, the minority leader is the Floor Leader of the second-largest caucus in a legislative body. ...


The President of the Senate is Republican Ben Stevens of District N (Anchorage). The Majority Leader is Republican Gary Stevens of District R (Kodiak). The Minority Leader is Democrat Johnny Ellis of District L (Anchorage). The President of the Senate is the title often given to the presiding officer, or chairman, of a senate. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Ben Stevens (born 1959) is an American politician who is President of the Alaska State Senate. ... Note: an anchorage is a place where a ship lays anchor. ... The majority leader is a term used in congressional systems for the chamber leader of the party in control of a legislature. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... In U.S. politics, the minority leader is the Floor Leader of the second-largest caucus in a legislative body. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major United States political parties. ...


Leadership information

Position Name Party Residence District
President of the Senate Ben Stevens Republican Anchorage District N
Majority Leader Gary Stevens Republican Kodiak District R
Minority Leader Johnny Ellis Democratic Anchorage District L

The President of the Senate is the title often given to the presiding officer, or chairman, of a senate. ... Ben Stevens (born 1959) is an American politician who is President of the Alaska State Senate. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Nickname: The City of Lights and Flowers Location in the state of Alaska Coordinates: Borough Municipality of Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) Area    - City 5,079. ... The majority leader is a term used in congressional systems for the chamber leader of the party in control of a legislature. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Aerial view of Kodiak Kodiak is a city on Kodiak Island in Kodiak Island Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. ... In U.S. politics, the minority leader is the Floor Leader of the second-largest caucus in a legislative body. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... Nickname: The City of Lights and Flowers Location in the state of Alaska Coordinates: Borough Municipality of Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) Area    - City 5,079. ...

Make-up of the Alaska Senate

Affiliation Members
  Republican Party 11
  Democratic Party 9
 Total
20
 Majority
2

The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ...

Current Members, 2007-2008

District Name Party Location Term Up
A Bert Stedman Rep Sitka 2008
B Kim Elton Dem Juneau 2010
C Albert Kookesh Dem Angoon 2008
D Joe Thomas Dem Fairbanks 2010
E Gary Wilken Rep Fairbanks 2008
F Gene Therriault Rep North Pole 2010
G Lyda Green Rep Matanuska-Susitna 2008
H Charlie Huggins Rep Wasilla 2010
I Fred Dyson Rep Eagle River 2008
J Bill Wielechowski Dem Anchorage 2010
K Bettye Davis Dem Anchorage 2008
L Johnny Ellis Dem Anchorage 2010
M Hollis French Dem Anchorage 2008
N Lesil McGuire Rep Anchorage 2010
O John Cowdery Rep Anchorage 2008
P Con Bunde Rep Anchorage 2010
Q Thomas Wagoner Rep Kenai 2008
R Gary Stevens Rep Kodiak 2010
S Lyman Hoffman Dem Bethel 2010
T Donald Olson
Dem Nome 2008

Sitka City and Borough is a borough located on the west side of Baranof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean, in the state of Alaska. ... Juneau redirects here. ... Angoon (soimetimes formerly spelled Angun) is a city located in Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon Census Area, Alaska. ... Joe Thomas, (born on December 4, 1984 in Brookfield, Wisconsin), is an offensive tackle for the Wisconsin Badgers. ... Nickname: The Golden Heart City Location Coordinates , Government Country  State   Borough United States  Alaska   Fairbanks North Star Incorporated November 10, 1903 Mayor Steve M. Thompson Geographical characteristics Area     City 84. ... Nickname: The Golden Heart City Location Coordinates , Government Country  State   Borough United States  Alaska   Fairbanks North Star Incorporated November 10, 1903 Mayor Steve M. Thompson Geographical characteristics Area     City 84. ... North Pole is a city located in Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska. ... Matanuska-Susitna Valley shown shaded in red north of Anchorage Matanuska-Susitna Valley (known locally as the Mat-Su Valley) is an area in south central Alaska south of the Alaska Range north and northeast of Anchorage. ... For the Sarmatian god of the same name, see Wasilla (god) Wasilla (population 5,469) is a small city in southcentral Alaskas Matanuska-Susitna Borough. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Nickname: The City of Lights and Flowers Location in the state of Alaska Coordinates: Borough Municipality of Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) Area    - City 5,079. ... Nickname: The City of Lights and Flowers Location in the state of Alaska Coordinates: Borough Municipality of Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) Area    - City 5,079. ... Nickname: The City of Lights and Flowers Location in the state of Alaska Coordinates: Borough Municipality of Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) Area    - City 5,079. ... Nickname: The City of Lights and Flowers Location in the state of Alaska Coordinates: Borough Municipality of Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) Area    - City 5,079. ... Nickname: The City of Lights and Flowers Location in the state of Alaska Coordinates: Borough Municipality of Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) Area    - City 5,079. ... Nickname: The City of Lights and Flowers Location in the state of Alaska Coordinates: Borough Municipality of Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) Area    - City 5,079. ... Nickname: The City of Lights and Flowers Location in the state of Alaska Coordinates: Borough Municipality of Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) Area    - City 5,079. ... Kenai is a city in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. ... Aerial view of Kodiak Kodiak is a city on Kodiak Island in Kodiak Island Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. ... Bethel is a city located in Bethel Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska, 340 miles (540 km) west of Anchorage. ... Nome is a city located on the southern Seward Peninsula coast of Norton Sound in the Nome Census Area, Alaska. ...

See also

The Alaska Capitol The Alaska State Capitol Building is located in Juneau, Alaska. ... The Alaska Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Alaska. ... The Alaska House of Representatives is the lower house in the Alaska Legislature of the U.S. state of Alaska. ... The current session of the 24th Alaska State Legislature began on January 9, 2006. ... The legislature of Alaska has had 24 sessions since statehood in 1959. ...

External links

  • Alaska Senate
  • Majority Organization's Alaska Legislature Website
  • University of Alaska, Anchorage, Justice Center: Alaska State Legislature Resource Page

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