Tom Fink

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Tom Fink
7th Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives
In office
1973–1975
Preceded by Gene Guess
Succeeded by Mike Bradner
Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska
In office
July 1, 1987 – July 1, 1994
Preceded by Tony Knowles
Succeeded by Rick Mystrom
Personal details
Born (1928-08-26) August 26, 1928 (age 86)
Peoria, Illinois
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Pat Fink
Children 11
Residence Anchorage, Alaska

Thomas A. "Tom" Fink (born August 26, 1928) is a Republican politician in Alaska. He was Mayor of Anchorage from 1987 to 1994 and Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives from 1973-1975. He is also a former member of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board after being appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate.

Personal life[edit]

Tom Fink was born in Peoria, Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University in 1950, and a J.D. from the University of Illinois Law School in 1952. He moved to Anchorage, Alaska in 1952, and has worked as a life insurance salesman since 1958. He received his Chartered Life Underwriter certification from American College in 1963. Fink was in partnership with Don Schroer for 20 years, doing business as The Schroer-Fink Agency. Schroer was also often involved in Fink's various campaigns for office.

He raised 11 children (6 daughters and 5 sons) with his wife, Pat. He stays fit during the long winter months by engaging in alpine skiing.

Political career[edit]

Tom Fink was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1966, and became Speaker of the House in 1973. In 1975, he resigned in protest of a new law that would have required him to release a list of his insurance clients.[1]

Fink mounted an unsuccessful bid to succeed term-limited Republican Governor of Alaska Jay Hammond in 1982. He ran on a platform promoting the relocation of the state capital from Juneau to Willow, but was defeated by Democrat Bill Sheffield.[2]

In 1986, Fink was elected Mayor of Anchorage in the wake of a dramatic drop in the price of oil which devastated the local economy. During his term in office, he advocated the sale of ATU, the municipal telephone utility.[3] He received national attention for his stance on gay rights when he vetoed a 1993 municipal ordinance that would protect city employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.[4] The same year, he called for the cancellation of funding for a local theater group that included homosexual themes.[5] In both cases, he was overridden by the Anchorage Assembly.

In 1997, after sitting out one term, Fink returned to politics to mount an unsuccessful challenge to incumbent Republican mayor Rick Mystrom.

Fink wrote a weekly newspaper column, and became known for his trademark bowtie.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The New York Times: "2 Issues Dominate Alaska Campaign." Retrieved March 22, 2007.
  2. ^ Time: "America's message" by Roger Rosenblat. Retrieved March 22, 2007.
  3. ^ Anchorage Press: "Alaskapolitik: ATU Belongs in Private Sector" by Benjamin Brown. Retrieved March 22, 2007.
  4. ^ Anchorage Press: "Queer On The Last Frontier" by Shana Sheehy. Retrieved March 22, 2007.
  5. ^ "Pomo Afro Homos in Anchorage." Retrieved March 22, 2007.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tony Knowles
Mayor of Anchorage
1987 – 1994
Succeeded by
Rick Mystrom