Alaska Republican Party
|Alaska Republican Party|
|Senate leader||Kevin Meyer (President)
John Coghill (Majority Leader)
|House leader||Mike Chenault (Speaker)
Charisse Millett (Majority Leader)
|National affiliation||Republican Party|
|Seats in the Upper House||
14 / 20
|Seats in the Lower House||
23 / 40
|Politics of the United States
It is the dominant or majority party in Alaska. As of 2015[update], Republicans hold both of Alaska's seats in the United States Senate, and the one Alaska seat in the United States House of Representatives, and hold majorities in both houses of the state legislature.
Republicans hold two U.S. Senate seats and have held Alaska's At-large congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives for over 40 years. The Alaska Republican Party has also greatly helped GOP presidential candidates in the state and has transformed the Last Frontier into one of the most staunchly Republican states in the nation. All Republican presidential nominees have won Alaska in recent elections; the last (and only) Democrat to carry Alaska was Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.
Republican John McCain won Alaska in 2008 with 59.42% of the total statewide vote over Democrat Barack Obama who received 37.89%, a 21.53-percent margin of victory for the senior U.S. Senator from Arizona.
- 1 History
- 2 Organization
- 3 Platform
- 4 Current elected officials
- 5 Famous Alaska Republicans
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The Alaska Republican Party originates from Alaska's first district governor. Once Alaska was granted the status of United States District civilian leadership could be appointed by the current president of the United States. President Chester A. Arthur appointed Alaska's first territorial governor. He was a Republican named John Henry Kinkead.
Alaska Republicans as a party organization can trace their origin to Alaska's first legislature in 1913.
|State party leader||Position||City|
|Peter Goldberg||Chairman||Eagle River|
|Ralph Seekins||National Committeeman||Fairbanks|
|Debbie Joslin||National Committeewoman||Delta Junction|
|Julie Gillette||Assistant Secretary||Wasilla|
|Randy Ruedrich||Assistant Treasurer||Anchorage|
|Kenneth Jacobus||Legal Counsel||Anchorage|
The 2010 Alaska Republican Party Platform is divided into 7 separate planks, and is prefaced with a mission statement and a statement of principles.
"The mission of the Alaska Republican Party is to promote the principles upon which this country and our State were founded; advocate fiscally-sound, common sense solutions to the unique challenges facing Alaska; and serve as Alaska's leading grassroots political organization. We also seek to elect and appoint to public office Alaskans with integrity who are committed to enacting solutions consistent with these principles."
Jobs and the economy
Alaska Republicans believe in a free enterprise system. This includes opposition to the government providing services that can be provided at a lower cost by the private sector. They support low federal taxes. It is also important to them to make sure Alaska does not institute a statewide income tax or sales tax. They feel that growth of Alaska's transportation infrastructure will result in more economic opportunities for the state.
Trade between Alaska and foreign countries is believed to be essential for the state's economy. They see illegal immigration as a threat to the United States while also demeaning rule of law. Blanket amnesty for illegal aliens is not seen as a viable solution. Alaska Republicans also have a strong opposition to deficit spending at the federal level.
Alaska Republicans see active management of Alaska's resources as a necessary measure for responsible development. They support the development and production of oil and natural gas reserves. They believe Alaskan's have the right to access to Alaska's fish and game resources. However these resources need to be managed responsibly to maintain sustainability.
Alaska Republicans feel that in matters of their children's education they know what educational options work best. Children could be sent to public schools, private schools, charter vocational schools, or the parents can opt for home schooling. They feel strongly that Alaska's education system should remain out of the influence of the federal government.
Health and family
Marriage is strictly defined as a union between one man and one woman. Parents should ultimately be held responsible for their children. Parents should also be consented for any medical care and psychological services that their children may need. Alaska Republicans see the moment of conception as the beginning of human life. For that reason they support adult stem cell research while opposing embryonic stem cell research.
Judiciary, law and crime
Alaska Republicans see the death penalty as appropriate for certain heinous crimes. They also believe strong mandatory minimum sentencing penalties for felony offenders is necessary to fight crime in Alaska. Federal and state justice systems should respect both the U.S. Constitution as well as the Alaska Constitution. Marijuana used for criminal purposes is also opposed.
The Alaska Republican Party believes in "peace through strength." With that viewpoint they see a strong United States military as being an essential element to preserve peace. Republicans in Alaska see the military potential and strategic importance Alaska and believe the military should use it to their advantage. Above all Alaska Republicans feel those who have served, or are currently serving in the armed forces of the United States deserve the support of the people.
Alaska Republicans believe that every human being deserves the right to life, liberty and property from the moment of conception until natural death. Alaska republicans also feel that the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution should not be restricted by the state of Alaska. They feel that gun control measures are an infringement on constitutionally protected rights. With that they are against the registration or licensing of firearms or law-abiding firearm owners. They also believe that statutes should not mention rights that are listed in the Constitution as privileges.
Current elected officials
Members of Congress
U.S. House of Representatives
|State senator||State senate seat||City|
|John Coghill||State senate seat F||Fairbanks|
|Cathy Giessel||State senate seat P||Anchorage|
|Charlie Huggins||State senate seat H||Wasilla|
State House of Representatives
|State representative||State representative district||City|
|Cathy Munoz||State representative district 4||Juneau|
|Alan Dick||State representative district 6||Lime Village|
|Steve Thompson||State representative district 10||Fairbanks|
|Tammie Wilson||State representative district 11||North Pole|
|Eric Feige||State representative district 12||Chickaloon|
|Shelley Hughes||State representative district 8||Palmer|
|Wes Keller||State representative district 7||Wasilla|
|Mark Neuman||State representative district 10||Wasilla|
|Dan Saddler||State representative district 18||Anchorage|
|Lance Pruitt||State representative district 21||Anchorage|
|Mia Costello||State representative district 27||Anchorage|
|Craig Johnson||State representative district 28||Anchorage|
|Charisse Millett||State representative district 30||Anchorage|
|Bob Lynn||State representative district 31||Anchorage|
|Mike Hawker||State representative district 32||Anchorage|
|Kurt Olson||State representative district 33||Soldotna|
|Mike Chenault||State representative district 34||Kenai|
|Paul Seaton||State representative district 35||Homer|
Famous Alaska Republicans
- "Home." Alaska Republican Party. Retrieved on May 13, 2010.
- McMullin, Thomas A.; Walker, David (1984). Biographical Directory of American Territorial Governors. Westport, CT: Meckler Publishing. pp. 3–4. ISBN 0-930466-11-X.
- Alaska Republican Party Platform