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Just 24 hours later, here's the new Senate Republican majority

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Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 6:14 pm | Updated: 2:03 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

—Posted by Matt Buxton, staff writer

After a day of closed-door meetings, 11 Republicans gathered in Anchorage today to announce the tentative formation of a Republican majority in the 20-member state Senate. Sen. Charlie Huggins, the newly crowned Senate President, noted that he expects to see the majority grow, adding the two absent Republicans, and possibly add a few Democrats. 

Senate President - Sen. Charlie Huggins

Senate Majority - Sen. John Coghill

Rules Chair - Sen. Lesil McGuire

Finance Co-Chair - Sen. Kevin Meyer

Finance Co-Chair - Sen. Pete Kelly

Other members include:

Sen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks

Sen. Fred Dyson, R-Eagle River

Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla

Sen. Anna Fairclough, R-Eagle River

Sen. Peter Micchiche, R-Soldotna

Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage

According to a press release, the group’s priorities are as follows.

TOP THREE AREAS OF FOCUS:

Increasing oil production in Alaska and, in turn, the flow rate of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

Delivering affordable energy to Alaskans to their energy needs, as well as commercializing our vast supply of natural gas and exporting it to create a new economy in Alaska.

Develop sustainable capital and operating budgets for current and future generations

OTHER AREAS OF INTEREST:

Declining Alaskan salmon stocks

Graduation rates, job training, and vocational tech opportunities

Alaska’s role as the gateway of the Arctic

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