Alaska House of Representatives

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Alaska House of Representatives
Alaska Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 18, 2013
Mike Chenault (R)
since January 20, 2009
Majority Leader
Minority Leader
Beth Kerttula (D)
since January 3, 2007
Seats 40
Political groups
Republican Party (26)
Democratic Party (14)
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Length of term
2 years
Authority Article 2, Alaska Constitution
Salary $50,400/year + per diem
Last election
November 4, 2014
(40 seats)
Next election
November 1, 2016
(40 seats)
Redistricting Alaska Redistricting Board
Meeting place
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House of Representatives chamber
Alaska State Capitol
Juneau, Alaska
Alaska House of Representatives

The Alaska House of Representatives is the lower house in the Alaska Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Alaska. The House is composed of 40 members, each of whom represents a district of approximately 17,756 people per 2010 Census figures. Members serve two-year terms without term limits. With 40 representatives, the Alaska House is the smallest state legislative lower house in the United States.

The House convenes at the State Capitol in Juneau.

Powers and process[edit]

Members of the Alaska House of Representatives are responsible for a portion of the process of making and amending state law. The first step of the legislative process is filing a bill by giving it to the chief clerk of the Alaska House of Representatives.[1] The chief clerk will then assign bills a number.[1]

Bills are introduced and read the first time with the number, sponsor or sponsors, and the title of the bill and then referred to a committee(s).[1] Committee chairs can choose whether or not hear a bill and committees can vote to approve a bill in its original form or make modifications through a committee substitute.[1] Once bills or substitutes are approved, the legislation is referred to the next committee of assignment or to the Rules Committee, which can further amend the bill or assign it to the daily floor calendar.[1]

Once a bill is scheduled on the floor, it appears on the calendar in Second Reading. The bill is again read by number, sponsor or sponsors, and title along with the standing committee reports. A motion is made on the floor to adopt any committee substitutes.[1] Amendments can also be offered and voted on.[1] Third Reading is where the motion is made to vote on the bill.[1]

Senate action[edit]

After final passage in the Alaska House of Representatives, a bill is engrossed and sent to the Alaska Senate to go through the same process of introduction, committee referral and three readings. Likewise, bills that have been approved on Third Reading in the Alaska Senate are engrossed and sent to the Alaska House of Representatives.[1]

Enrollment or Conference[edit]

When a bill is not modified in the second house, it can be sent to the governor on Third Reading, through enrollment. If the bill is modified, the house of origin must vote to accept or reject amendments by the opposite house. A Fourth Reading, in the case of acceptance, will send the bill to the governor, through enrollment. If amendments are rejected, the bill can be sent to conference, where members of the Senate and House hash out a final version and send it to a Fourth Reading in both houses.[1]

Governor and veto override[edit]

The governor can choose to sign or veto the legislation. In the case of the veto, a two-third majority can override the veto. If signed or approved by a veto override, the legislation becomes law.[1]


Terms and qualifications[edit]

State representatives must be a qualified voter and resident of Alaska for no less than three years, and a resident of the district from which elected for one year immediately preceding filing for office.[2] A state representative must be 21 years of age at the time the oath of office is taken.[2] The Alaska House of Representatives may expel a member with the concurrence of two-thirds of the membership of the house.[2]

Legislative terms begin on the second Monday in January following a presidential election year and on the third Tuesday in January following a gubernatorial election.[3] State representatives serve for terms of two years.[3]


House of Representatives member directory in the State Capitol as it appeared in 2009.

The Speaker of the House presides over the House of Representatives. The Speaker is elected by the majority party caucus followed by confirmation of the full House through the passage of a House Resolution. In addition to presiding over the body, the Speaker is also the chief leadership position, and controls the flow of legislation and committee assignments. Other House leaders, such as the majority and minority leaders, are elected by their respective party caucuses relative to their party's strength in the chamber.

Position Name Party Residence District
Speaker Mike Chenault Republican Nikiski 28
Majority Leader Lance Pruitt Republican Kodiak 25
Minority Leader Chris Tuck Democratic Juneau 29

Current composition[edit]

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 24 4 12 40 0
Begin 25 4 11 40 0
January 12, 2013[4] 26 10
January 24, 2014[5] 9 39 1
February 24, 2014[6] 10 40 0
Latest voting share 75% 25%


Current committees include:[7]

Current members (28th Alaska State Legislature)[edit]

Alaska State House of Representatives
28th Alaska Legislature, 2013–2014[8]
District Name Party Residence Assumed
1 Isaacson, DougDoug Isaacson Rep North Pole 2013
2 Wilson, TammieTammie Wilson Rep North Pole 2009
3 Thompson, SteveSteve Thompson Rep Fairbanks 2011
4 Kawasaki, ScottScott Kawasaki Dem Fairbanks 2007
5 Higgins, PetePete Higgins Rep Fairbanks 2013
6 Feige, EricEric Feige Rep Chickaloon 2011
7 Keller, WesWes Keller Rep Wasilla 2007
8 Hughes, ShelleyShelley Hughes Rep Palmer 2012
9 Gattis, LynnLynn Gattis Rep Wasilla 2013
10 Neuman, MarkMark Neuman Rep Big Lake 2005
11 Stoltze, BillBill Stoltze Rep Chugiak 2003
12 Saddler, DanDan Saddler Rep Eagle River 2011
13 LeDoux, GabrielleGabrielle LeDoux Rep Anchorage 2013
14 Gruenberg, MaxMax Gruenberg Dem Anchorage 2003
15 Josephson, AndrewAndrew Josephson Dem Anchorage 2013
16 Drummond, HarrietHarriet Drummond Dem Anchorage 2013
17 Tarr, GeranGeran Tarr Dem Anchorage 2013
18 Gara, LesLes Gara Dem Anchorage 2003
19 Holmes, LindseyLindsey Holmes Rep Anchorage 2007
20 Costello, MiaMia Costello Rep Anchorage 2011
21 Johnson, CraigCraig Johnson Rep Anchorage 2007
22 Tuck, ChrisChris Tuck Dem Anchorage 2009
23 Lynn, BobBob Lynn Rep Anchorage 2003
24 Millett, CharisseCharisse Millett Rep Anchorage 2009
25 Pruitt, LanceLance Pruitt Rep Anchorage 2011
26 Reinbold, LoraLora Reinbold Rep Eagle River 2013
27 Hawker, MikeMike Hawker Rep Anchorage 2003
28 Chenault, MikeMike Chenault Rep Nikiski 2001
29 Olson, KurtKurt Olson Rep Soldotna 2005
30 Seaton, PaulPaul Seaton Rep Homer 2003
31 Munoz, CathyCathy Muñoz Rep Juneau 2009
32 Kito III, SamSam Kito III Dem Juneau 2014
33 Wilson, PeggyPeggy Wilson Rep Wrangell 2001
34 Kreiss-Tomkins, JonathanJonathan Kreiss-Tomkins Dem Sitka 2013
35 Austerman, AlanAlan Austerman Rep Kodiak 2009
36 Edgmon, BryceBryce Edgmon Dem[9] Dillingham 2007
37 Herron, BobBob Herron Dem[9] Bethel 2009
38 Guttenberg, DavidDavid Guttenberg Dem Fairbanks 2003
39 Foster, NealNeal Foster Dem[9] Nome 2009
40 Nageak, BenjaminBenjamin Nageak Dem[9] Barrow 2013

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Legislative Process, Alaska Legislature (accessed April 27, 2013)
  2. ^ a b c Alaska Handbook to State Government (accessed April 25, 2013)
  3. ^ a b Article 2 of the Alaska Constitution, Lieutenant Governor's Office (accessed April 26, 2013)
  4. ^ Anchorage lawmaker Lindsey Holmes (District 26) switched parties from Democratic to Republican. [1]
  5. ^ Minority Leader Beth Kerttula (District 32) resigned to accept a job in higher education. [2]
  6. ^ Democrat Sam Kito III appointed to succeed Kerttula
  7. ^ "Alaska House Committees". Open States. Sunlight Foundation. 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  8. ^ "2013-2014 Session". Alaska Division of Elections. 
  9. ^ a b c d Caucuses with the Republican majority for the purpose of committee assignments.

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