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ENG: Mark Peter Begich (born March 30, 1962) is the junior United States Senator from Alaska and a member of the Democratic Party. A former mayor of Anchorage, he served on the Anchorage Assembly for almost ten years prior to being elected mayor in 2003. In the highly competitive 2008 Alaska Senate election, Begich defeated incumbent Ted Stevens, the longest serving Republican member of the Senate of all time. Born in Anchorage, he is the son of U.S. Representative Nick Begich, who disappeared and was presumed dead following a 1972 plane crash. He graduated from high school and has taken continuing education classes at University of Alaska Anchorage, but does not have a college degree. At age 26 he was elected to the Anchorage Assembly. After serving as chairman for three years, he left ...
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Begich: Federal programs benefit state

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich shows the two pages of appointments prepared by his staff for his one visit to Juneau on Tuesday. He spoke to the Juneau Rotary Club during a luncheon at the Baranof Hotel. Sen. Mark Begich defended the federal stimulus bill, a controversial vote he cast 30 days into his term of office, but one he said is helping Alaska. "Alaska is reaping the benefits more than any other state," he said. Begich, who took office in 2008, told Juneau Rotary members Tuesday that how to deal with the economic crisis was the first big decision he faced as a senator. The ...

Begich wants vessel to serve as museum

JUNEAU -- U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is recommending that the Coast Guard convey the decommissioned cutter Storis for use as a maritime museum in Juneau. KINY-AM reports the Alaska Democrat sent the commandant of the Coast Guard a letter seeking conveyance of the vessel. Without direction from Congress, conveyances are handled by the General Services Administration. The senator says the nonprofit Storis Museum organization fears that the agency may scrap the vessel or sell it to a foreign nation or another buyer. The vessel after service in the North Atlantic during World ...

Begich Statement on Election Results

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich released the following statement commenting on the results of the 2010 general election: “I believe voters want their elected officials, both in Alaska and in Washington, D.C., to look beyond political labels and focus on what’s important to Alaskans: getting our economy back on track, creating jobs, improving schools, and reducing energy costs. I’m talking to my Senate colleagues this week about doing exactly that and am eager to get back to work when the Senate reconvenes next week. “I’ve always said that despite our different ...

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Begich Statement on Department of Energy Granting Authorization on Exporting Natural Gas from Alaska LNG Project
U.S. Senator Mark released the following statement today in response to the Department of Energy granting long term authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) by vessel from the proposed Alaska LNG Project in the Nikiski Area of the Kenai Peninsula to Free Trade Agreement Nations. “This is great news for Alaska’s economy and another step forward for a project that will create thousands of Alaska jobs, keep heating and energy prices down, and boost state revenues,” said Begich.  “Thanks to Secretary Moniz for coming to Alaska with me this summer to hear from affected Alaskans firsthand – I hope for more good news soon and will keep pushing for a smooth permitting process in the future.”   Senator Begich and Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz meet with LNG project stakeholders in Anchorage in August. See Begich’s previous work on this issue with the Alaska delegation on his Senate website.
Begich Introduces Bill to Expand “Do Not Call Registry” and Protect Alaskans’ Privacy
Gives Americans Choice to Opt Out of Receiving Push Poll Calls, Robo Calls and Other Disturbances from Super PACs and Other Political Groups...
Begich Statement on Iran Nuclear Program Negotiations
U.S. Senator Mark Begich today released the following statement on the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1, a group of six world powers, including the U.S.. “We need a real and effective agreement to dismantle Iran’s nuclear program, and sanctions should not be relaxed until Iran complies with such an agreement.  I have supported bipartisan legislation on sanctions including cosponsoring S. 1881, the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act, and I believe Congress should act if Iran fails to agree to adequate measures.”   ###
Begich Statement on Native American Heritage Month
In honor of Native American Heritage month, I extend my appreciation and respect for Alaska’s First Peoples.  Our great state is home to a remarkable 229 federally recognized tribes, each of which vary in cultural background and traditions.  Our Alaska Native community has shaped the history of our state and has contributed to the framework of our vibrant Alaskan culture. As a lifelong Alaskan and strong advocate of Native rights, I have worked hard to make sure my support for Native issues is clear.  Recently, I introduced the Native Voting Rights Act of 2014, which provides the resources and oversight necessary to ensure that every citizen, regardless of language or ethnicity, can exercise his or her right to vote.  Another major issue in which I have shown strong support includes subsistence rights for Alaska Native people.  Protecting the traditional way of life is crucial to the well-being of Alaska Natives and must be preserved for the nutritional,

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