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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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Friday-Marshall, Alakanuk, Emmonak
Friday, August 8 9:30am: Site visits and community meeting in Marshall 1:00pm: Meeting and tour in Alakanuk 3:15pm: Site visits and community meeting in Emmonak
Thursday-Anchorage
Thursday, August 7 11:15am: Call with TIGER Team 12:00pm: Anchorage South Rotary luncheon 6:30pm: AYEA annual summer fun(d)raiser
After Years of Pressure from Begich and Delegation, Air Force Selects Eielson as Likely Home of F-35s
Squadrons will Bring Hundreds of New Jobs to Fairbanks, Boosts Alaska’s Military Presence...
VA Reforms Begich Championed in Alaska Now Law
President Obama signed into law the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014. The bipartisan veterans’ reform legislation will increase access to health care for veterans in Alaska and across the nation, as well as provide much-needed reforms to the current Department Veterans Affairs system.  Begich was a member of the Veterans’ Conference Committee charged with negotiating a compromise between the House and Senate veterans’ reform bill. “I am glad the Veterans’ Reform bill is now law of the land, and I look forward to doing all I can to guide these reforms from my post on the Veterans Affairs Committee and will make sure there is quick and measurable progress in the coming months,” said Begich. “Alaskans have been leading the nation when it comes to reforming the VA, and I am excited we can expand on some of the successful reforms. Though there is still more work to do -- what is most im



 
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