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Mike Chenault

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Mike Chenault
Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives
In office
January 20, 2009 – January 17, 2017
Preceded byJohn Harris
Succeeded byBryce Edgmon
Member of the Alaska House of Representatives
from the 29th district
In office
January 15, 2013 – January 15, 2019
Preceded byRedistricted
Succeeded byBen Carpenter
Member of the Alaska House of Representatives
from the 34th district
In office
January 20, 2003 – January 15, 2013
Preceded byRedistricted
Succeeded byRedistricted
Member of the Alaska House of Representatives
from the 9th district
In office
January 8, 2001 – January 20, 2003
Preceded byHal Smalley
Succeeded byRedistricted
Personal details
Charles Michael Chenault

(1957-02-25) February 25, 1957 (age 67)
Hobbs, New Mexico, U.S.
Political partyRepublican

Charles Michael Chenault[1] (born February 25, 1957) is an American politician in the state of Alaska. Chenault served as a Republican member of the Alaska House of Representatives from 2001 to 2019, representing portions of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, where he has lived for most of his life. Chenault served as the body's speaker from 2009 to 2017. He lost his position as house speaker to Democrat Bryce Edgmon when three Republicans joined a coalition of Democrats to form a bipartisan house majority after the general election in November 2016.

Early life[edit]

Charles Michael Chenault was born in Hobbs, New Mexico on February 25, 1957. He moved to the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska with his family as a child. Chenault graduated from Kenai Central High School in 1975.

Chenault began a career in construction. He was vice-president of the Qwick Construction Company when he entered politics.[2] His professional experience led to a tenure as president of the North Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

Political career[edit]

In 2000, Mike Chenault ran as a Republican candidate for the Alaska House of Representatives from the Kenai Peninsula-based 9th district, defeating one-term Democratic incumbent and former schoolteacher Harold "Hal" Smalley. He was re-elected mostly with little difficulty.

He was first elected Speaker of the Alaska House for the 26th Alaska State Legislature. He was a member of several committees, including the Rules Committee, the Legislative Council, and was an alternate for the Labor & Commerce Committee. He also sits on Finance subcommittees for Government, Transportation, and the Legislature.[3]

In the 30th Legislature, Chenault was in his ninth and final term in the House. He served four terms as House Speaker, becoming the longest-serving holder of that office. He represented Alaska's 29th House District, which encompasses most of the eastern Kenai Peninsula, stretching from Nikiski to Seward and the area in between.[4] He did not run in 2018 and was succeeded by Ben Carpenter.

Chenault briefly ran for the Republican nomination for Alaska Governor, but dropped out before the primary as the party consolidated around Mike Dunleavy.

Personal life[edit]

Mike Chenault is married to Tanna. They have four children: a son, Brandon, and three daughters; Elisha, Shanda and Miranda.[5]


  1. ^ Directory 26th Alaska Legislature 2009–2010 (Second Session ed.). Juneau: Alaska Legislative Council. 2010. p. 7.
  2. ^ Project Vote Smart - Representative Charles M. 'Mike' Chenault - Biography. Votesmart.org. Retrieved on September 14, 2011.
  3. ^ "House Speaker Mike Chenault". www.housemajority.org. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  4. ^ House District 29. Alaska Redistricting Board. Retrieved on September 16, 2015 from http://www.akredistricting.org/currentdistricts.html.
  5. ^ The Alaska State Legislature. House.legis.state.ak.us. Retrieved on September 14, 2011.

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