Lance Pruitt

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Lance Pruitt
Minority Leader of Alaska House of Representatives
Assumed office
February 14, 2019
Preceded byCharisse Millett
Member of the Alaska House of Representatives
from the 27th district
Assumed office
January 18, 2011
Preceded byHarry Crawford
Personal details
Born (1981-08-18) August 18, 1981 (age 37)
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mary Ann
Children2
EducationUniversity of Alaska, Anchorage (BA)
Kaplan University (MBA)
WebsiteOfficial website

Lance Pruitt (born August 18, 1981) is a Republican member of the Alaska House of Representatives from the 27th district which covers East Anchorage. He was elected in 2010.

Early life and career[edit]

Born and raised in Anchorage, Pruitt graduated from Heritage High School in 1999, thereafter spending the next four years at the University of Alaska Anchorage gaining a BA in history.[1] Afterwards Pruitt began work in logistical management, including becoming service manager at Fed Ex Ground,[2] and alongside his work as a state representative Pruitt is now also the general manager of Sears Logistics[3] and the owner of small business Good 4 You Vending.[4] Furthering his study, he attended Kaplan University from 2007 to 2009 and graduated with an MBA in administration.[1] He has also been a NANA slope worker[2] and a member of the Alaska Chamber of Commerce.[1]

Politics[edit]

Pruitt ran for the state house's 21st district being vacated by Democrat Harry Crawford. Running unopposed, Pruitt gained the Republican nomination in August 2010.[5] Come the November election, he defeated Democratic nominee Barbara Norton 54% to 43% (the Libertarian nominee and write-ins received the remainder of the vote).[6]

Since being elected, Pruitt has become co-chair of the house's Energy Special Committee; amongst the other groups he is on Pruitt is also vice-chair of the education and transportation committees, and a member of the Legislative Outdoor Heritage Caucus.[7] In the 2011 mid-term Alaska Business Report Card - a grading system run by several Alaska business coalitions judging state officials on how favourable they are to the business community - Pruitt received an A, only 1 of 12 representatives to receive that and the highest A+ grade.[8]

In his first term, Pruitt was the youngest member of the House. He was also the first person under age 30 to serve in the Alaska Legislature since Mary Kapsner reached her 30th birthday while in office in 2003. Pruitt was named a 2014 Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Pruitt is married to Mary Ann and has two children and currently resides in East Anchorage. He is a member of the National Rifle Association,[1] which also endorsed his run for the house.[10] Alongside his activities Pruitt has also been a soccer coach, and helped for both the Alaska Airmen's Association and the Resource Development Council.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Representative Lance Pruitt: Biography". The House Majority. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Representative Pruitt". Alaska State Legislature. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  3. ^ "About Lance". Lane Pruitt. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  4. ^ "I AM UAA: Representative Lance Pruitt". Green & Gold News. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  5. ^ "State of Alaska 2010 Primary Election August 24, 2010 Official Results". Alaska state government. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  6. ^ "State of Alaska 2010 General Election November 2, 2010 Official Results without US Senate Race". Alaska state government. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  7. ^ "Representative Lance Pruitt: Committees". The House Majority. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  8. ^ "2011 midterm Alaska Business Report Card". Alaska Business Report Card. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  9. ^ "About the Rodel Fellowship Program".
  10. ^ "Endorsements". Lance Pruitt. Retrieved 21 August 2011.

External links[edit]

Media related to Lance Pruitt at Wikimedia Commons

Alaska House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charisse Millett
Minority Leader of the Alaska House of Representatives
2019–present
Incumbent