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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
Begich Will Deliver Farewell Address to U.S. Senate Today at 12:00 PM EST/8:00 AM AK U.S. Senator Mark Begich will deliver his farewell address to the U.S. Senate today at 12:00 PM EST/8:00 AM AKT. The speech will focus on Begich’s six years of public service working on behalf of all Alaskans.
When: Thursday, December 11, 2014
The speech is expected to begin approximately at 12:00 PM EST/8:00 AM AKT.
Where: U.S. Senate
Begich’s speech can be viewed on television on C-SPAN or online at C-SPAN’s website (http://www.c-span.org/live/?channel=c-span-2).
Video of the speech will be posted online later today.
Begich Announces 2015 Service Academy Nominations U.S. Senator Mark Begich today announced his nomination of 44 of Alaska’s finest young men and women for admissions to one of the U.S. service academies for the year 2015, the graduating Class of 2019.
“It’s always a great pleasure and very rewarding to see the outstanding young Alaskans who we become familiar with through the academy nomination process,” said Begich. “Once again, I am pleased to be able to play a role in helping these fine young men and women find their career paths in military service to this great nation.”
Senators are allowed to nominate up to ten individuals for each of the service academies to fill an allocated appointment, including the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the U.S. Naval Academy. Because the U.S. Naval Academy was unable to fill a position in a previous year allocated to Senator Begich, he is able to submit twenty names to fill two allocations for