FAIRBANKS — Despite his status as one of Fairbanks’ freshman legislators, Rep. Steve Thompson has been one of the most productive members of the Interior delegation. He’s ushered through several pieces of Fairbanks-related legislation by working with both Interior Republicans and Democrats.
Thompson, the former mayor of the city of Fairbanks, is running unopposed for his second term in the House District 3 seat covering the east side of Fairbanks.
By the close of the legislative session, Thompson and his office had effectively passed three bills. One created incentives for oil and natural gas exploration and production in the Interior, one provided tax credits for natural gas storage facilities and another created pro-business zones around Alaska’s military bases.
The two energy bills had both received wide support but were packaged together with a renewal of the film credit program and another tax break for small business owners in a last-minute political shuffle.
“The way we got the bills was kind of a strange process, but we got them through in their entirety,” he said.
Heading for an all-but-guaranteed second term, Thompson said he wants to build on his first term by delivering energy cost relief to Fairbanks.
“I think I made some very close relationships while I was in Juneau,” he said. “I have the ability to bring people together and hopefully accomplish what we didn’t accomplish in the last two years.”
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