Beth Kerttula

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Beth Kerttula
Minority Leader of the
Alaska House of Representatives
In office
January 15, 2007 – January 21, 2014
Preceded by Ethan Berkowitz
Succeeded by Chris Tuck
Member of the Alaska House of Representatives
from the 3rd district
In office
January 19, 1999 – January 24, 2014
Preceded by Kim Elton
Succeeded by Sam Kito III
Personal details
Born (1956-01-08) January 8, 1956 (age 61)
Guthrie, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jim Powell
Residence Juneau, Alaska, U.S.
Alma mater Stanford University
University of Santa Clara
Profession Attorney

Elizabeth J. "Beth" Kerttula (born January 8, 1956) is a Democratic former member of the Alaska House of Representatives, representing the 3rd District from 1998 to her resignation at the start of the legislative session in 2014. Sam Kito III was appointed to serve the remainder of her term. She served as the House Minority Leader from 2006 until her resignation, when she was succeeded by Chris Tuck. She resigned on the first day of the 2014 legislative session to accept a fellowship at the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University, her alma mater. She was appointed as Director of the National Oceans Council, under President Barack Obama, on June 5, 2014. She was the daughter of Joyce and state senator Jalmar M. Kerttula. Her father represented the Matanuska-Susitna Valley (and at one point, also the Copper River valley and Valdez) in the Alaska legislature for most of the period between 1961 and 1995 and served as the Senate President.[1]


  1. ^ [1], Alaska Public Radio Network February 2, 2015. Retrieved May 25, 2015.

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