Pete Kott

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Peter "Pete" Kott
23rd Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives
In office
2003–2004
Preceded by Brian Porter
Succeeded by John Harris
Member of the Alaska House of Representatives
from the 17th (previously 24th) district
In office
1993–2007
Preceded by None - District 24 newly created (redistricting)
Succeeded by Anna Fairclough
Personal details
Born (1949-08-29) August 29, 1949 (age 64)[1]
Flint, Michigan
Political party Republican
Children Peter, Pamela
Residence Eagle River, Alaska
Alma mater Florida International University, B.S., Masters Public Administration
Occupation Business owner; retired U.S. Air Force captain[1]

Peter "Pete" Kott (born 1949) is a former Republican state representative for District 17 serving Eagle River, Alaska, in the Alaska Legislature for seven terms, from 1993 until 2007. He was Speaker of the House during his sixth term in 2003-2004. On May 4, 2007, Kott was one of three former or current legislators (the others being Bruce Weyhrauch (R-Juneau) and Vic Kohring (R-Wasilla) arrested and charged with bribery, extortion, and other corruption-related charges involving allegations of soliciting and receiving money and favors from VECO Corporation executives in return for their votes on an oil tax law favored by the VECO.[2] Kott pleaded not guilty to all charges.[3] On September 25, 2007, a federal jury found Kott guilty on three of the four charges brought against him. He was acquitted on the charge of wire fraud. On December 7, 2007, he was sentenced to six years in prison and fined $10,000.[4]

However, he was released on bond in June 2009 while a court reviews the case. [1] The conviction was vacated and in 2011 Kott agreed to plead guilty in exchange for being sentenced to time served and conditions on his release.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Alaska Legislature. (2006-04-25). "Representative Pete Kott" (biography). Retrieved through Internet Archive on 2007-05-24.
  2. ^ Burke, Jill. (2007-05-04). "Kott, Weyhrauch and Kohring arrested for corruption." KTUU Channel 2 News, Anchorage. Retrieved on 2007-05-07.
  3. ^ Mauer, Richard, Lisa Demer, Sabra Ayres and Kyle Hopkins. (2007-05-05). "Federal authorities charge three legislators: Kohring, Kott and Weyhrauch plead not guilty to extortion and bribery counts." Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-24.
  4. ^ Ex-Alaska Lawmaker Sentenced in Oil Case | World Latest | Guardian Unlimited
  5. ^ Prosecutors Outline Kott, Kohring Plea Agreements Associated Press/Alaska Public Radio Network 10/19/11

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