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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 Opposes Arming Syrian Rebels, Supports Aggressive Multi-National Airstrikes
U.S. Senator Mark Begich issued a statement in response to tonight’s speech from President Obama. “I oppose the President’s plan to arm Syrian rebels at this time. I am gravely concerned by reports of ISIS seizing and utilizing U.S. weapons intended for those fighting against the Syrian regime, and we must have greater assurance that we aren’t arming extremists who will eventually use the weapons against us.  The U.S. can't continue to foot the bill of Middle East conflicts and the nations in the region need to step up in a meaningful way. After over a decade of costly war, many Alaskans are rightfully wary of putting combat troops on the ground.  “On the eve of September 11, one of the darkest days in American history, it’s clear we need to take decisive action to prevent radical extremism from growing the Middle East.  The ISIS terrorists are destabilizing the region, spreading fear and destruction,
Begich Disappointed at Senate Failure to Rein in Campaign Spending
Senate Rejects Constitutional Amendment on Campaign Finance Reform...
Begich Bill Would Increase Payments to Veterans and Their Families
Legislation Passes Senate and Heads to House ...
Begich Statement on 13th Anniversary of 9/11 Tragedy
U.S. Senator Mark Begich released the following statement today commenting on the thirteenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001: “Remembering this tragic day in history just 13 years ago -- when families, friends and strangers united as one to mourn the lives of many -- brings a flood of emotions and images to every American. I urge every Alaskan and all Americans to remain vigilant and mindful of this dark day in our nation’s history.  “This disastrous event changed the lives of so many, and will continue to affect our citizens for years.  On this day, Americans come together to remember and honor the thousands of men and women who lost their lives due to the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, and those brave men and women who continue to fight for our country, ensuring our safety and risking their lives every day.”   ###



 
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