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Representative Alan Austerman  (R-35, Kodiak)

Session Info:

State Capitol, Room 505
Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Phone: 907-465-2487
Fax: 907-465-4956

Interim Info:

305 Center Ave. Suite 1
Kodiak AK, 99615
Phone: 907-486-8872
Fax: 907-486-5264

Elected to the House:

1994, 1996, 1998, 2008, 2010, 2012

Leadership Positions:

Finance Co-Ch: 2013 - present
Majority Leader: 2011 - 2012
Majority Whip: 2009 - 2010

Office Staff

Astrid Rose
907-465-2487
Juneau: Jan-Apr
907-486-8872
Kodiak: May-Dec
Thandeka Carros
907-465-2487
Juneau: Jan-Apr
907-486-8872
Kodiak: May-Dec
Peter Ecklund
Operating Budget Coordinator
907-465-2487
Juneau: Jan-Dec
 
Joan Brown
Operating Budget Assistant
907-465-2487
Juneau: Jan-Apr
 

Committee Memberships

Chairmanships:
Co-Chair, Finance

Member:
Legislative Budget & Audit
Alternate, Legislative Council
Finance Subcommittees:
Fish & Game
Chair, Governor
Health & Social Services
Chair, Legislature

Caucuses:
Majority Caucus
Bush Caucus

Biography

Date/Place of Birth:
May 23, 1943
Everett, Washington
Residency:
Kodiak: 1943 - present
Occupation:
Commercial fisherman (crab, salmon, halibut and shrimp)
Small Business Owner & Operator
Family:
Wife: Ginny
Children: Carol, Dawn
Education:
Kodiak High School: Graduated 1961
Military:
7 years service
Alaska National Guard, Sergeant (E-5)
Alaska State House of Representatives:
1995 - 2000, 2009 - present
Community & Regional Affairs: 1995 - 1996, 2011 - present
    Co-Chair: 1995 - 1996
Fisheries: 1995 - 1998, 2011 - present
    Chair: 1995 - 1998
Legislative Council: 2011 - present
Military & Veterans' Affairs: 2011 - present
Rules: 2011 - present
Finance: 1999 - 2000, 2009 - 2010
Administrative Regulation Review: 1997 - 1998
World Trade & State/Federal Relations:
    Vice-Chair: 1997 - 1998
Economic Development: 1997 - 1998
Electric Utility Restructuring: 1997 - 1998
International Trade/Tourism:
    Vice-Chair: 1995 - 1996
Resources Committee: 1995 - 1996
Finance Subcommittees
    - Commerce, Community & Economic Development: 2011 - present
    - Fish & Game: 2011 - present
    - Governor: 2011 - present
    - Legislature: 2011 - present
    - University of Alaska: 2009 - 2010
    - Chair, Commerce, Community & Economic Development: 2009 - 2010
    - Chair, Environmental Conservation: 2009 - 2010
    - Chair, Fiscal Policy: 2009 - 2010
    - Chair, Community & Economic Development: 1999 - 2000
    - Chair, Community & Regional Affairs: 1999 - 2000
    - Chair, Labor & Workforce Development: 1999 - 2000
    - Chair, University of Alaska: 1999 - 2000
    - Community & Regional Affairs: 1997 - 1998
    - Public Safety: 1995 - 1998
    - Administration: 1995 - 1996
Other Political and Government Positions:
Fisheries Policy Advisor, Governor of Alaska: 2003 - 2008
Kodiak Island Borough Assembly, 1985 - 1990, 1992 - 1994
Kodiak Island Borough Parks & Recreation
City of Kodiak Personnel Board
Kodiak Island Transportation Committee
Kodiak Island School Budget Review Committee
Kodiak Community College Advisory Board
Kodiak Island Hospital Advisory Board.
Business and Professional Positions:
Executive Director, Kodiak Island Convention & Visitors Bureau: 1993 - 1994
Owner, Austerman's Office Supply: 1979 - 1994
Police Officer, City of Kodiak
Commercial Fisherman
Union Longshoreman
Sporting Goods Store Manager
Hunting and Fishing Lodge Owner: 1985 - 1990
Printing Shop Owner: 1975 - 1988
Newspaper Owner, Kadiak Times: 1976 - 1983
Service Organizations and Community Involvement:
President/Board Member, Kodiak Jaycees
City of Kodiak Personnel Board
President, Kodiak Chamber of Commerce
Kodiak Island Hospital Advisory Board
Commissioner, North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission
North Pacific and Bering Sea Fisheries Advisory Board
US/Russia Intergovernmental Consultative Committee on Fisheries
Ex-officio Member, Alaska Aerospace Development Corp. Board of Directors
Pacific Fisheries Legislative Task Force
Council of State Governments - West (CSG West) Energy & Environment Committee
Ex-officio Member, Fishery Industrial Technology Center (FITC) Policy Center in Kodiak
Co-Founder, Kodiak Rodeo Association
Chair, Ducks Unlimited
Co-Founder, Kodiak Alaska State Parks Advisory Committee
Elks Lodge
National Rifle Association
Pioneers of Alaska
Kodiak Island Sportsmen Association
Rotary
Special Interests:
Hunting, Fishing, Photography, Mountain Biking, Hiking

Personal Legislation

HB 30 - State Agency Performance Audits
Signed Into Law! Chapter 19 SLA 13
Sponsored by Rep. Chenault, Rep. Olson, Rep. Feige, Rep. Lynn, Rep. Thompson, Rep. Millett, Rep. Wilson, Rep. Pruitt, Rep. Keller, Rep. Stoltze, Rep. Johnson, Rep. Hawker, Rep. Edgmon, Rep. Seaton, Rep. Nageak, Rep. Herron, Rep. LeDoux, Rep. Muñoz, Rep. Austerman, Rep. Costello, Rep. Wilson, Rep. Saddler, Rep. Reinbold, Rep. Gattis, Rep. Hughes, Rep. Foster, Rep. Isaacson

An Act relating to performance reviews, audits, and termination of executive and legislative branch agencies, the University of Alaska, and the Alaska Court System; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 30(FIN)
Status: Chapter 19 SLA 13 : 2013-05-28




HB 204 - Salmon & Herring Product Development Tax Credit
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Alan Austerman

An Act relating to a product development tax credit for certain salmon and herring products; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSSSHB 204(FIN)
Status: (S) FIN : 2014-04-09




HB 210 - Schools: Restraint, Seclusion, Crisis Trg
Signed Into Law! Chapter 95 SLA 14
Sponsored by Rep. Charisse Millett, Rep. Alan Austerman

An Act relating to crisis intervention training for school personnel; and relating to restraint and seclusion of students in public schools.

Version: CSHB 210(FIN) AM
Status: Chapter 95 SLA 14 : 2014-07-16




HCR 10 - Suspending Uniform Rules For SB 31
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 19
Sponsored by Rep. Alan Austerman

Suspending Rules 24(c), 35, 41(b), and 42(e), Uniform Rules of the Alaska State Legislature, concerning Senate Bill No. 31, naming the runway at the state-owned airport in Akhiok the Jim Andie and Robin Starrett Memorial Runway.

Status: Legis Resolve 19 : 2013-06-14




HJR 13 - Coast Guard National Security Cutter Funding
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 25
Sponsored by Rep. Alan Austerman

Urging the United States Congress and the President of the United States to complete the funding and acquisition of three additional National Security Cutters and to home port one of the cutters in Kodiak, Alaska.

Version: CSHJR 13(TRA)
Status: Legis Resolve 25 : 2013-06-14



Co-Sponsored Legislation

HB 31 - Constitutional History Curriculum
Sponsored by Rep. Wes Keller

An Act requiring school districts to develop and require completion of a history of American constitutionalism curriculum segment; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) RLS : 2014-02-07




HB 40 - Municipal Tax Exemption: Farm Structures
Signed Into Law! Chapter 66 SLA 13
Sponsored by Rep. Shelley Hughes

An Act establishing a municipal tax exemption for certain farm structures.

Version: CSHB 40(CRA) AM S
Status: Chapter 66 SLA 13 : 2013-06-28




HB 54 - Placement Of A Child In Need Of Aid
Sponsored by Rep. Les Gara, Rep. Steve Thompson

An Act relating to the identification, location, and notification of specified family members and family friends of a child who is in state custody.

Version: SSHB 54
Status: (H) RLS : 2013-04-10




HB 71 - AK Regional Economic Assistance Program
Signed Into Law! Chapter 2 SLA 14
Sponsored by Rep. Shelley Hughes

An Act relating to a vessel-based commercial fisheries limited entry system for the Bering Sea hair crab fishery; requiring the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission to report biennially on the vessel-based limited entry fisheries system for the Bering Sea hair crab fishery; establishing the Alaska regional economic assistance program; requiring the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development to compile an annual report to the legislature regarding statewide and regional economic development projects and regional development organizations; and providing for an effective date.

Version: FCCS HB 71
Status: Chapter 2 SLA 14 : 2014-05-27




HB 83 - Federal Laws & Executive Orders
Signed Into Law! Chapter 53 SLA 13
Sponsored by Rep. Wes Keller

An Act relating to certain federal statutes, regulations, presidential executive orders and actions, and secretarial orders and actions; relating to the duties of the attorney general; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 83(JUD)
Status: Chapter 53 SLA 13 : 2013-06-20




HB 88 - Statutory Refs To Mental Retardation
Signed Into Law! Chapter 42 SLA 13
Sponsored by Rep. Charisse Millett

An Act changing the terms 'mental retardation' and 'mentally retarded,' and making conforming changes, in Alaska Statutes.

Version: CSHB 88(HSS)
Status: Chapter 42 SLA 13 : 2013-06-03




HB 130 - Jay Hammond Day
Signed Into Law! Chapter 68 SLA 13
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton

An Act establishing July 21 each year as Jay Hammond Day.

Status: Chapter 68 SLA 13 : 2013-07-10




HB 158 - DNR Hunting Concessions
Sponsored by Rep. Mia Costello

An Act authorizing the commissioner of natural resources to implement a hunting guide concession program or otherwise limit the number of individuals authorized to conduct big game commercial guiding on state land.

Status: (H) RES : 2013-03-05




HB 160 - Licensing Of Athletic Trainers
Signed Into Law! Chapter 36 SLA 14
Sponsored by Rep. Steve Thompson

An Act relating to the licensing and regulation of athletic trainers; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS CSHB 160(FIN)
Status: Chapter 36 SLA 14 : 2014-06-18




HB 306 - Eval. Indirect Expenditures; Tax Credits
Signed Into Law! Chapter 61 SLA 14
Sponsored by Rep. Steve Thompson

An Act relating to the review and administration of tax credit programs; requiring the Department of Revenue to report indirect expenditures; relating to the duties of state agencies; requiring the legislative finance division to analyze certain indirect expenditures; relating to lapse dates for appropriations for capital projects; relating to lapse dates for capital budget grants; relating to capital expenditures; relating to unexpended balances of capital projects; repealing the capital projects funds; repealing the insurance tax education credit, the income tax education credit, the oil or gas producer education credit, the property tax education credit, the mining business education credit, the fisheries business education credit, the fisheries business tax credit for scholarship contributions, the fisheries business salmon product development tax credit, the fisheries business salmon utilization tax credit, the fisheries business landing tax credit for scholarship contributions, the fisheries resource landing tax credit for the fisheries resource harvested under the community development quota, the fisheries resource landing tax education credit, and the film production tax credit; providing for an effective date by repealing the effective dates in sec. 7, ch. 57, SLA 2003, the effective date in sec. 57, ch. 92, SLA 2010, and the effective dates in secs. 40 - 42, ch. 51, SLA 2012; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS CSHB 306(FIN) AM S
Status: Chapter 61 SLA 14 : 2014-07-07




HB 342 - AIDEA: Loan Programs/Funds
Sponsored by Rep. Mia Costello

An Act transferring certain loan programs administered by the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development to the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority; relating to the community quota entity revolving loan fund, commercial fishing revolving loan fund, fisheries enhancement revolving loan fund, commercial charter fisheries revolving loan fund, mariculture revolving loan fund, Alaska capstone avionics revolving loan fund, Alaska microloan revolving loan fund, and the alternative energy conservation revolving loan fund; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) L&C : 2014-02-26




HCR 3 - Joint Committee On Federal Overreach
Sponsored by Rep. Charisse Millett

Establishing the Joint Committee on Federal Overreach.

Status: (H) FIN : 2013-03-29




HJR 5 - Oppose Genetically Engineered Salmon
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 6
Sponsored by Rep. Geran Tarr

Opposing the United States Food and Drug Administration's preliminary finding relating to genetically engineered salmon; urging further examination of genetically engineered salmon; opposing AquaBounty's petition to produce genetically engineered salmon; and proposing, if AquaBounty's petition is approved, that its product should be labeled as genetically modified.

Version: CSHJR 5(FSH)
Status: Legis Resolve 6 : 2013-04-15




HJR 6 - Legacy Oil Well Clean Up/Awareness; NPR-A
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 9
Sponsored by Rep. Charisse Millett

Relating to legacy wells and legacy well sites; urging the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, to open new areas of the National Petroleum Reserve - Alaska for environmentally responsible oil and gas development; and requesting the Office of the Governor to increase nationwide awareness about legacy wells and well sites.

Version: SCS HJR 6(RES)
Status: Legis Resolve 9 : 2013-06-26




HJR 7 - Endorsing ANWR Leasing
Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Gattis

Urging the United States Congress to pass legislation to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration, development, and production; relating to oil and gas exploration, development, production, and royalties; and relating to renewable and alternative energy technologies.

Status: (H) RLS : 2013-03-01




HJR 15 - Federal Contamination Of ANCSA Lands
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 28
Sponsored by Rep. Charisse Millett

Supporting the introduction and enactment of federal legislation acknowledging that the federal government is financially responsible under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act for the remediation of contaminated land subject to conveyance under the Act; and urging the United States Department of the Interior to implement the six recommendations to identify and clean up the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act lands in its 1998 report to the United States Congress.

Version: SCS CSHJR 15(RES)
Status: Legis Resolve 28 : 2014-03-04




HJR 16 - National Ocean Policy
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Dan Saddler

Relating to the National Ocean Council, the development of a national ocean policy, and coastal and marine spatial planning.

Version: CSHJR 16(RES) AM
Status: (S) RLS : 2013-04-12




HJR 24 - Arctic Council
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 34
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron

Urging the United States Department of State to consider the priorities of the state while it holds the position of chair of the Arctic Council; requesting that the United States Department of State work in partnership with state officials to appoint a chair of the Arctic Council; and supporting the strategic recommendation of the January 30, 2014, preliminary report of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission.

Version: CSHJR 24(STA)
Status: Legis Resolve 34 : 2014-07-17




HJR 26 - Offshore Oil & Gas Revenue Sharing
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 30
Sponsored by Rep. Dan Saddler

Urging the United States Congress to provide a means for consistently and equitably sharing with all oil and gas producing states adjacent to federal outer continental shelf areas a portion of revenue generated from oil and gas development on the outer continental shelf to ensure that those states develop necessary infrastructure to support outer continental shelf development and preserve environmental integrity.

Status: Legis Resolve 30 : 2014-03-04




HJR 30 - Izembek Land Exchange
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 38
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron

Requesting that the federal government and the United States Secretary of the Interior reconsider the Izembek Land Exchange decision and approve the Izembek Land Exchange, allowing the residents of King Cove to have road access to the Cold Bay Airport for critical health and safety reasons and to improve the quality of their lives.

Version: HJR 30 AM
Status: Legis Resolve 38 : 2014-09-19




HR 5 - Federal Assessment Of 2012 Arctic Operations
Passed House! House Resolve 5
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron

Supporting full state participation alongside federal officials in the United States Department of the Interior's Expedited Assessment of 2012 Arctic Operations.

Status: (H) Resolve 5 : 2013-01-31



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