—Posted by Matt Buxton, staff writer
The newly formed (and continuing to form) Republican-led Senate Majority announced most of the committee chairmanships for the upcoming legislative session last week.
Fairbanks Sens. John Coghill, the newly crowned Senate Majority Leader, and Sens.-elect Click Bishop and Pete Kelly have landed powerful committee assignments. I’ve bolded their positions in the list below.
Bishop and Coghill will co-chair the new In-state Energy Committee, a group charged with helping ensure Alaska’s energy is developed for Alaskans.
Kelly will serve as the Senate co-chair of the Joint Armed Services Committee, a group that will be critical in protecting Alaska’s military interests.
Coghill will serve as the chair for the Senate Judiciary Committee.
ANCHORAGE-The Alaska State Senate Majority is proud to announce that it has completed reorganization for the 28th Legislature scheduled to convene in Juneau on January 15th, 2013. The Senate Majority will consist of 15 members who represent urban and rural areas across Alaska.
The Senate Leadership will consist of Senator Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, as Senate President; Senator John Coghill, R-North Pole, as Majority Leader; Senator Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, as Chair of the Rules Committee; and Senator Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, and Senator-Elect Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks as Co-Chairs of the Senate Finance Committee.
“We are looking forward to working within this new, strong organization we have created through a very deliberative process,” said Senate Majority Leader Coghill. “We have built the committee structures in a way that maximizes that skills and interests of each of our members to better accomplish the goals and priorities of the new Alaska State Senate Majority.”
The following members have been announced as Committee Chairs for the 28th Alaska State Legislature:
Rules: Senator Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage
Resources: Senator Cathy Giessel, R-South Anchorage/Kenai Peninsula
Judiciary: Senator John Coghill, R-North Pole
Transportation: Senator Dennis Egan, D-Juneau
Education: Senator Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak
Legislative Budget and Audit Committee: Senator-Elect Anna Fairclough, R-Anchorage/Eagle River
Legislative Council: Senator-Elect Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna
Health and Social Services: Senator Bert Stedman, R-Sitka
State Affairs: Senator Fred Dyson, R-Eagle River
Community and Regional Affairs Committee: Senator-Elect Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna
Labor and Commerce: Senator-Elect Mike Dunleavy, R-Mat-Su Valley
World Trade: Senator Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak
Senate Co-Chair of Joint Armed Services Committee-Senator-Elect Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks
Administrative Regulations Review Committee: Senator Cathy Giessel, R-South Anchorage/Kenai Peninsula
In-State Energy Committee – Co-Chairs Senator-Elect Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks and Senator John Coghill, R-North Pole
TAPS Throughput Decline: Co-Chairs Senator-Elect Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna and Senator-Elect Mike Dunleavy, R-Mat-Su Valley
Senate Member of the Ethics Committee: Senator Cathy Giessel, R-South Anchorage/Kenai Peninsula
Senate Finance Committee Members:
Co-Chair-Senator Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage
Co-Chair Senator Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks
Vice-Chair-Senator-Elect Anna Fairclough, R-Anchorage/Eagle River
Senator Mike Dunleavy, R-Mat-Su Valley
Senator Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks
Senator Donny Olson, D-Nome/Golovin
Senate Committee on Committees:
Chair: Senator Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla
Senator John Coghill, R-North Pole
Senator Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage
Senator Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage
Senator-Elect Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks
The rest of the committee members will be decided upon by the Committee on Committees and will be announced in the near future.