Reggie Joule

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Reggie Joule
Mayor of the
Northwest Arctic Borough, Alaska
In office
October 2012 – October 2015
Preceded by Martha Whiting
Succeeded by Clement Richards Sr.
Member of the Alaska House of Representatives
from the 40th district
In office
January 13, 1997 – October 2012
Preceded by Don Long
Succeeded by Benjamin Nageak
Personal details
Born (1952-07-14) July 14, 1952 (age 64)
Nome, Alaska
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Linda
Residence Kotzebue, Alaska
Alma mater University of Alaska Fairbanks

Reginald L. "Reggie" Joule, Jr. (born July 14, 1952) is a politician in the U.S. state of Alaska. Until recently, Joule served a three-year term as mayor of the Northwest Arctic Borough, having been elected to that position in 2012. He announced his intention to retire from public service at the end of his term.[1]

Joule had previously served as a Democratic member of the Alaska House of Representatives, representing the 40th District from 1997 to 2012.[2]


Before the beginning of the 26th Legislature in January 2008, Joule, along with "bush" Democrats Bryce Edgmon and Bob Herron, began caucusing with the Republicans in the House Majority Caucus. In the House, Joule served as a member of the Finance Committee. He also chaired both the Department of Health & Social Services and Environmental Conservation Finance Subcommittee and served on the University Of Alaska Finance Subcommittee. He was a member of the Special Committee on Economic Development, Trade & Tourism and the Joint Committee on Education Funding District Cost Factor for the 27th Legislature.[3]


While serving as the Mayor of the Northwest Arctic Borough, Joule was appointed by President Obama to the US President's State, Local, Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. More recently, Joule was a member of President Obama's State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.[4] In this capacity, he was happy to welcome the first official and historic visit of the US President to the Alaskan Arctic to see firsthand the impacts of climate change on villages and advocate for local preparations and involvement. At present, Joule also serves on the Advisory Board of the UK-based 'Polar Regions' think-tank Polar Research and Policy Initiative.[5]

He chose to step down after one term and was succeeded by Clement Richards Sr.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Joule has a wife, Linda, and five children: Lovisa, Reggie III, Angela, Dawn and Puyuk. Joule graduated from Copper Valley High School (a defunct Jesuit-run boarding school in Glennallen) in 1970 and attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 1970–1972.[8]

Before being elected to office, Joule was a building maintenance and construction contractor.[9] Joule is also well known as a top competitor in the World Eskimo Indian Olympics. He is a former nalukataq (blanket toss) champion, and appeared on The Tonight Show to discuss the game.[10] As a result of his accomplishments therein, he was inducted into the 2010 class of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.

Joule made two appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. He appeared on August 1, 1973 and again on June 24th, 1983. Both appearances were to demonstrate the skills he used in the World Eskimo Indian Olympics.

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