Representative Wes Keller R-10, Mat-Su
Session Info:State Capitol, Room 403
Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Interim Info:600 E. Railroad Ave.
Wasilla, AK 99654
Toll Free: 800-468-2186
Elected to the House:(Appointed: 2007) 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014
|Date/Place of Birth:|
April 24, 1946 at Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Alaska: 1969 - 1988
Wasilla: 1988 - present
Building maintenance and construction contractor.
Children: Matt, April, Zach and five grandchildren.
Central High School, Superior, Wisconsin, Graduated in 1964.
University of Wisconsin, Superior - B.S. Degree (Broad Field Science Major and minors in Math and Physics) with Alaska secondary teacher certification in 1986
USAF Pilot training, Del Rio, Texas in 1971.
Alaska Air National Guard, C-123J pilot after USAF Pilot training at Del Rio, Texas 1971-75.
|Alaska State House of Representatives:|
Chair, Judiciary: 2013 - present
Chair, Health & Social Services: 2011 - 2012
Chair, Administrative Regulation Review: 2009 - 2010
Co-Chair, Health & Social Services: 2009 - 2010
Vice-Chair, Health & Social Services: 2013 - present
Vice-Chair, State Affairs: 2011 - present
Vice-Chair, Fisheries: 2009 - 2010
Rules: 2013 - present
Economic Development, Trade & Tourism: 2008, 2011 - 2012
Judiciary: 2011 - 2012
Community & Regional Affairs: 2009 - 2010
Education: 2009 - 2010
Legislative Higher Education Scholar Funding Task Force: 2009 - 2010
Health, Education & Social Services: 2008
- Court System: 2009 - present
- Law: 2009 - present
- Revenue: 2013 - present
- Health & Social Services: 2009 - 2012
- Transportation & Public Facilities: 2011 - 2012
- Administration: 2009 - 2010
|Other Political and Government Positions:|
Citizens Advisory Commisson on Federal Areas: October 2007 - present
Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education: December 2007 - 2011
Chief of Staff for Alaska Senator Fred Dyson: January 1999 - July 2007
Staff Chair, National Conference of State Legislatures Standing Education Committee: August 2006 - July 2007
Co-Chair, Legislative Education Staff Network Executive Committee: August 2006 - July 2007
|Business and Professional Positions:|
1992 - 1999: Licensed and bonded residential building contractor. A sole proprietor family business building custom homes, as well as performing remodeling and maintenance contracts.
1991 - 1992: Oilfield hand for Schlumberger Oilfield Services performing well-head maintenance and heavy equipment operation.
1987 - 1990: Training Center administrator for the Alaska Teamsters Training Center at Ship Creek. In prior years performed numerous maintenance and building contracts around rural Alaska.
Hunting, fishing, flying, boating, hobby auto body and carpentry.
HB 30 - Constitutional History CurriculumSponsored by Rep. Wes Keller, Rep. Dan Saddler, Rep. Bob Lynn
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) FIN : 2015-02-27
HB 89 - Sec. School Civics Exam Graduation ReqSponsored by Rep. Wes Keller
An Act relating to civics examinations and secondary school graduation requirements; and providing for an effective date.
Status: (H) EDC : 2015-01-30
HB 156 - School Accountability Measures; Federal LawSponsored by Rep. Wes Keller
An Act relating to a parent's right to direct the education of a child; relating to the duties of the state Board of Education and Early Development, the Department of Education and Early Development, school boards, and school districts; relating to public school curriculum and assessments; relating to compliance with federal education laws; relating to public school accountability; relating to a statewide assessment plan and review of education laws and regulations; repealing the minimum expenditure for instruction for school districts; relating to sex education, human reproduction education, and human sexuality education; relating to suicide awareness and prevention training; relating to contracts for student assessments; relating to questionnaires and surveys administered in public schools; relating to physical examinations for teachers; and providing for an effective date.
Version: SCS CSHB 156(FIN)
Status: Conference Com. Aptd (H) & (S) : 2016-04-29
HB 159 - Health Care Retainer; Insurance ExemptSponsored by Rep. Wes Keller
An Act exempting certain health care agreements from regulation as insurance.
Status: (H) L&C : 2015-03-23
HB 177 - King Salmon Tags And DesignsSponsored by Rep. Wes Keller
An Act relating to king salmon tags and king salmon tag designs.
Status: (H) RES : 2016-01-27
HB 192 - Parent Rights: Education; School AbsenceSponsored by Rep. Wes Keller
An Act relating to a parent's right to direct the education of a child; relating to questionnaires administered in a public school; prohibiting a school district from contracting with an abortion services provider; and prohibiting a school district from allowing an abortion services provider to furnish course materials or provide instruction concerning sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases.
Status: (H) EDC : 2015-04-11
HB 201 - Parent-Guardian/Child: Temp. Power Of AttySponsored by Rep. Wes Keller
An Act relating to the temporary delegation by a parent or guardian of powers related to a child; relating to adoption; and relating to the distribution to a parent or guardian in a child protection situation of information on family support services.
Status: (H) HSS : 2015-04-16
HB 325 - Religious Freedom: License,boards,officersSponsored by Rep. Wes Keller
An Act relating to the free exercise of religion; relating to professional and occupational licensing; and relating to appointment to public office or a position on a board, commission, or committee.
Status: (H) L&C : 2016-02-22
HJR 24 - Lift Federal Land WithdrawalsSigned Into Law! Legis Resolve 20
Sponsored by Rep. Wes Keller
Urging the federal government to honor its commitments to transfer land to the state; and urging the United States Secretary of the Interior and the United States Congress to adhere to the recommendations of the United States Department of the Interior in its 2006 report under the Alaska Land Transfer Acceleration Act, including lifting withdrawals.
Status: Legis Resolve 20 : 2015-09-01
HJR 29 - Call Federal Constitutional Conv: Term LimitsSponsored by Rep. Wes Keller
Requesting the United States Congress to call a convention of the states to propose an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to set a limit on the number of terms that a person may be elected as a member of the United States House of Representatives and as a member of the United States Senate; and urging the legislatures of the other 49 states to request the United States Congress to call a convention of the states.
Status: (H) RLS : 2016-04-05
HB 35 - March 27: Great Alaska Earthquake DaySigned Into Law! Chapter 2 SLA 15
Sponsored by Rep. Charisse Millett
An Act establishing March 27 as Great Alaska Good Friday Earthquake Remembrance Day.
Version: CSHB 35(STA)
Status: Chapter 2 SLA 15 : 2015-04-18
HB 43 - Jan 9: AK Law Enforcement Officers' DaySigned Into Law! Chapter 1 SLA 15
Sponsored by Rep. Lynn, Rep. Talerico, Rep. Vazquez, Rep. Wool, Rep. Claman
An Act establishing Alaska Law Enforcement Officers' Day.
Version: CSHB 43(STA)
Status: Chapter 1 SLA 15 : 2015-04-03
HB 56 - Alaska Firefighters' DaySigned Into Law! Chapter 7 SLA 15
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn, Rep. Matt Claman
An Act establishing Alaska Firefighters' Day.
Version: SCS HB 56(STA)
Status: Chapter 7 SLA 15 : 2015-05-05
HB 64 - Eliminate Daylight Saving TimeSponsored by Rep. Mike Hawker
An Act exempting the state from daylight saving time; and providing for an effective date.
Status: (H) STA : 2015-01-21
HB 77 - Disability: ID/License And Training RequirementsPassed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Steve Thompson
An Act relating to training regarding disabilities for police officers, probation officers, parole officers, correctional officers, and village public safety officers; relating to guidelines for drivers when encountering or being stopped by a peace officer; relating to driver's license examinations; and relating to a voluntary disability designation on a state identification card and a driver's license.
Version: CSHB 77(FIN)
Status: (S) RLS : 2016-04-14
HB 84 - Review & Reporting Of Federal Receipts; LB&ASponsored by Rep. Lora Reinbold
An Act relating to the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee; requiring state agencies, municipalities, and regional educational attendance areas to report on federal receipts; and relating to the increase of an appropriation item based on additional federal or program receipts.
Version: SSHB 84
Status: (H) FIN : 2015-03-09
HB 91 - Operating Motor Vehicles In Traffic LaneSponsored by Rep. Shelley Hughes
An Act relating to operating a motor vehicle in lanes of traffic.
Status: (H) TRA : 2015-01-30
HB 93 - Probation & Parole: Work, Travel Accom.Passed Legislature! Await Transmit To Governor
Sponsored by Rep. Cathy Tilton
An Act relating to the duties of probation officers; and relating to conditions of parole.
Version: SCS CSHB 93(JUD)
Status: Await Transmit To Governor : 2016-03-23
HB 107 - Board Of Regents Regional Residency Qualif.Passed Legislature! Await Transmit To Governor
Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Gattis
An Act relating to the composition of the Board of Regents of the University of Alaska.
Version: CSHB 107(EDC) AM
Status: Await Transmit To Governor : 2016-04-16
HB 115 - AK Sovereignty;US Transfer Land To AlaskaPassed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault
An Act relating to the sovereignty of the state and the state's right to a credit or setoff for amounts or injuries inequitably or unlawfully caused or claimed by the federal government; requiring the United States to lift certain land orders and federal withdrawals; relating to the transfer of public land or interests in public land from the federal government to the state and to the disposal of that land or any interest in land; and providing for an effective date.
Version: CSHB 115(FIN)
Status: (S) JUD : 2016-02-05
HB 137 - Hunt/ Fish/ Trap: Fees;licenses;exemptionsSponsored by Rep. David Talerico
An Act establishing an intensive management surcharge; providing for the repeal of the intensive management surcharge; establishing certain special hunting and fishing licenses and permits for residents with developmental disabilities; establishing a separate sustainable wildlife account in the fish and game fund; raising certain fees related to sport fishing, hunting, and trapping; relating to the fish and game fund; providing for the repeal of the sport fishing surcharge and sport fishing facility revenue bonds; relating to the regulation of nonresident hunters; relating to hunting and fishing by proxy; relating to fish and game conservation decals; raising the age at which a state resident is required to obtain a license for sport fishing, hunting, or trapping; relating to the Chitina dip net fishery; and providing for an effective date.
Version: SCS CSHB 137(FIN) AM S
Status: Conference Com. Appointed (H) : 2016-04-20
HB 210 - Election Pamphlet StatementsSponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn
An Act relating to candidate statements and material submitted by political parties that are published in the state election pamphlet; and providing for an effective date.
Status: (H) STA : 2015-04-19
HB 216 - Navigable Water; Interference, DefinitionPassed Legislature! Await Transmit To Governor
Sponsored by Rep. David Talerico
An Act relating to obstruction or interference with a person's free passage on or use of navigable water; and amending the definition of 'navigable water' under the Alaska Land Act.
Version: SCS CSHB 216(RES)
Status: Await Transmit To Governor : 2016-04-17
HB 298 - Layoff Of Tenured TeachersSponsored by Rep. Cathy Tilton
An Act relating to school districts; and relating to layoff plans for tenured teachers.
Status: (H) EDC : 2016-02-05
HCR 4 - Us Countermand Convention DelegatesPassed Legislature! Await Transmit To Governor
Sponsored by Rep. Shelley Hughes
Relating to the duties of delegates selected by the legislature to attend a convention of the states called under art. V, Constitution of the United States, to consider a countermand amendment to the Constitution of the United States; establishing as a joint committee of the legislature the Delegate Credential Committee and relating to the duties of the committee; providing for an oath for delegates and alternates to a countermand amendment convention; providing for a chair and assistant chair of the state's countermand amendment delegation; providing for the duties of the chair and assistant chair; providing instructions for the selection of a convention president; and providing specific language for the countermand amendment on which the state's convention delegates are authorized by the legislature to vote to approve.
Version: CSHCR 4(STA)
Status: Await Transmit To Governor : 2016-04-15
HJR 6 - Federal Contamination Of ANCSA LandsSigned Into Law! Legis Resolve 9
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; 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; and urging the President of the United States and the United States Congress to remediate and make free from pollutants lands in the state conveyed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.
Version: SCS HJR 6(RES)
Status: Legis Resolve 9 : 2015-09-01
HJR 13 - Retain Army Forces In AlaskaSigned Into Law! Legis Resolve 4
Sponsored by Rep. Lora Reinbold
Urging the United States Department of the Army to maintain and strengthen the current level of its combat-capable structure in the state and not to reduce personnel at Fort Wainwright and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
Version: SCS CSHJR 13(STA)
Status: Legis Resolve 4 : 2015-09-01
HJR 14 - Call For Us Countermand ConventionPassed Legislature! Await Transmit To Governor
Sponsored by Rep. Shelley Hughes
Making application to the United States Congress to call a convention of the states to propose a countermand amendment to the Constitution of the United States as provided under art. V, Constitution of the United States; and urging the legislatures of the other 49 states to make the same application.
Version: SCS CSHJR 14(STA)
Status: Await Transmit To Governor : 2016-04-16
HR 6 - Max F. Gruenberg Jr. Committee RoomPassed House! Transmitted To Governor
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault
Dedicating the House Judiciary Committee Room of the Alaska State Capitol to the late Representative Max F. Gruenberg, Jr.
Version: HR 6 AM
Status: Transmitted To Governor : 2016-02-26