Alaska Republican Party

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Alaska Republican Party
Chairperson Tuckerman Babcock
Senate leader Kevin Meyer (President)
John Coghill (Majority Leader)
House leader Mike Chenault (Speaker)
Charisse Millett (Majority Leader)
Ideology Conservatism
Fiscal conservatism
Social conservatism
Economic libertarianism
National affiliation Republican Party
Seats in the Upper House
14 / 20
Seats in the Lower House
23 / 40
Website
alaskagop.org

The Alaska Republican Party is the affiliate of the United States Republican Party (GOP) in Alaska, headquartered in Anchorage.[1]

It is the dominant or majority party in Alaska. As of 2015, Republicans hold both of Alaska's seats in the United States Senate, and Alaska's single seat in the United States House of Representatives. They also hold majorities in both houses of the state legislature.

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. For instance, 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.[2] All Republican presidential nominees have won Alaska in recent elections; the last (and only) Democrat to carry Alaska was Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.[3]

History[edit]

John Henry Kinkead was the first Governor of the District of Alaska (1884 to 1885).

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.[4]

Alaska Republicans as a party organization can trace their origin to Alaska's first legislature in 1913.[5]

Organization[edit]

State party leader Position City
Tuckerman Babcock Chairman Soldotna
Rick Whitbeck Vice-Chairman Anchorage
Peter S. Goldberg National Committeeman Eagle River
Cynthia Henry National Committeewoman Fairbanks
Edna DeVries Secretary Palmer
Ernest Hurst Assistant Secretary Anchorage

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Current elected officials[edit]

Members of Congress[edit]

U.S. Senate[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Don Young has served Alaska as a Republican since 1973.

State Senate[edit]

Senate President: Kevin Meyer

Senate Majority Leader: John Coghill

State senator District City
Click Bishop District C Fairbanks
John Coghill District B North Pole
Mia Costello District K Anchorage
Mike J. Dunleavy District E Wasilla
Cathy Giessel District N Anchorage
Charlie Huggins District D Wasilla
Pete Kelly District A Fairbanks
Anna MacKinnon District G Anchorage
Lesil McGuire District L Anchorage
Kevin Meyer District M Anchorage
Peter Micciche District O Soldotna
Bert Stedman District R Sitka
Gary Stevens District P Kodiak
Bill Stoltze District F Chugiak

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State House of Representatives[edit]

Speaker of the House: Mike Chenault

Majority Leader: Charisse Millett

State representative District City
Mike Chenault District 29 Nikiski
Jim Colver District 9 Palmer
Lynn Gattis District 7 Wasilla
Mike Hawker District 28 Anchorage
Shelley Hughes District 11 Palmer
Craig Johnson District 24 Anchorage
Wes Keller District 10 Wasilla
Gabrielle LeDoux District 15 Anchorage
Bob Lynn District 26 Anchorage
Charisse Millett District 25 Anchorage
Cathy Muñoz District 34 Juneau
Mark Neuman District 8 Big Lake
Kurt Olson District 30 Soldotna
Lance Pruitt District 27 Anchorage
Lora Reinbold District 14 Eagle River
Dan Saddler District 13 Eagle River
Paul Seaton District 31 Homer
Louise Stutes District 32 Kodiak
Dave Talerico District 6 Healy
Steve Thompson District 2 Fairbanks
Cathy Tilton District 12 Wasilla
Liz Vazquez District 22 Anchorage
Tammie Wilson District 3 North Pole

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Famous Alaska Republicans[edit]

Sarah Palin is one of Alaska's most recognizable Republicans. She was elected governor in 2006[9] and was John McCain's running-mate in the 2008 Presidential Election.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alaska Republicans". Alaska Republicans. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  2. ^ "Local and National Election Results - Election Center 2008 - Elections & Politics from CNN.com". www.cnn.com. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  3. ^ "Alaska Presidential Election Voting History". www.270towin.com. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  4. ^ McMullin, Thomas A.; Walker, David (1984). Biographical Directory of American Territorial Governors. Westport, CT: Meckler Publishing. pp. 3–4. ISBN 0-930466-11-X.
  5. ^ "Ketchikan, Alaska - June Allen - Alaska's First Legislature 1913". Stories in the News. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  6. ^ "Alaska GOP Leadership". Alaska Republicans. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  7. ^ "Alaska State Legislature". senate.legis.state.ak.us. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  8. ^ "Alaska State Legislature". akleg.gov. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  9. ^ "Palin wins gubernatorial election - USATODAY.com". www.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  10. ^ "McCain taps Alaska Gov. Palin as vice president pick - CNN.com". www.cnn.com. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 

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