Matt Claman

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Matt Claman
Member of the Alaska House of Representatives
from the 21st District
Assumed office
January 20, 2015
Preceded by redistricted
Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska (acting)
In office
January 3, 2009 – July 1, 2009
Preceded by Mark Begich
Succeeded by Dan Sullivan
Member of the Anchorage Assembly
In office
April 2007 – April 2010
Preceded by Pamela Jennings
Succeeded by Ernie Hall
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lisa Rieger
Children 2
Residence Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
Alma mater University of Texas (J.D.)
Colorado College (B.A.)
Profession Lawyer

Matthew W. "Matt" Claman (born 1959) is an American politician from Anchorage, Alaska. A Democrat, he serves in the Alaska House of Representatives, is a member of the Alaska House Majority Coalition, and is the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee.

Claman served on the Anchorage Assembly beginning in 2007 and became its chair in 2008. He became the Acting Mayor of Anchorage in 2009 when then-Mayor Mark Begich was elected Alaska’s United States Senator in the 2008 general election.[1] As Acting Mayor at the height of the 2008-2009 financial crisis, he led efforts to reduce the municipal budget by $20 million, approximately 5%, and negotiated concessions with bargaining units to achieve a balanced budget.[2]

Claman was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2014, and joined the Democratic minority.[3] During his first term, he sat on the Judiciary Committee, the Transportation Committee, and the Energy Committee. He is a strong advocate for a responsible action plan to address Alaska’s financial challenges.[4]

In 2016, Claman was re-elected to the State House. Following the election, he joined the Alaska House Majority Coalition of 22 Democrats, Republicans, and Independents who are committed to working together to put Alaska first.[5] His peers selected him to chair the House Judiciary Committee, where he previously served as a committee member. He is also the Vice Chair of the Rules Committee and a member of the Legislative Council, Energy Committee, Transportation Committee, and Criminal Justice Commission. Recognizing the legislature’s repeated inability to complete its work in 90 days, Claman has introduced legislation for a statewide vote to amend the Alaska Constitution and limit the session to 90 days.

Personal life[edit]

Matt Claman is married to Lisa Rieger, who works for Cook Inlet Tribal Council—one of Alaska’s most successful non-profit corporations. Matt and Lisa have two adult children, Maia and Ben.

A citizen legislator, Claman is also a trial and appellate attorney with Lane Powell, a regional Northwest law firm, and is past President of the Alaska Bar Association. He is a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and accomplished professional wilderness guide.


  1. ^ "Claman will become mayor Saturday: Anchorage Assembly | Alaska news a…". 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2017-02-03. 
  2. ^ "Our view: Claman". Alaska Dispatch News. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2017-02-03. 
  3. ^ "Governor, Juneau delegation greet newcomers". Retrieved 2017-02-03. 
  4. ^ Athens, Maria. "Representative Matt Claman: "We Need A Responsible Action Plan For Alaska"". Your Alaska Link. Retrieved 2017-02-03. 
  5. ^ "Alaska House will be run by coalition while Senate remains under Republican control". Alaska Dispatch News. 2016-11-10. Retrieved 2017-02-03. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Begich
Mayor of Anchorage
Succeeded by
Dan Sullivan