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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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Senate Committee Responds to Begich Call to Protect Military Families
U.S. Senator Mark Begich is pleased the Senate Armed Services Committee, at his urging, rejected a number of proposals by the Obama administration to cut commissary subsidies and other support for service members and their families in the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act.
Begich Uses Role on Appropriations Committee to Fight for Alaska’s Seafood Industry
In his role on the Senate Appropriations Committee, U.S. Senator Mark Begich today pushed through a bill that includes a provision to reinstate Alaska’s seafood industry to the J-1 Summer Work Travel Program.
Begich Opposes Sending Troops Back into Iraq
U.S. Senator Mark Begich issued the following statement today in response to President Obama’s announcement that 300 U.S. troops are being sent to Iraq as military advisers.
Begich: No Pay Raise for Congress
U.S. Senator Mark Begich said “no way” to pay raises for members of Congress next year and voted today in support of a member pay freeze that would prohibit U.S. senators and representatives from receiving cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increases next year.



 
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