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Representative Wes Keller  R-10, Mat-Su

Session Info:

State Capitol, Room 403
Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Phone: 907-465-2186
Fax: 907-465-3818

Interim Info:

600 E. Railroad Ave.
Wasilla, AK 99654
Phone: 907-373-1842
Fax: 907-373-4729
Toll Free: 800-468-2186

Elected to the House:

(Appointed: 2007) 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014

Office Staff

Jim Pound
Professional Staff
907-465-2671
Juneau: Jan-Apr
 
Janet Ogan
Committee Aide
907-465-2186
Juneau: Jan-Apr
907-373-1842
Mat-Su: May-Dec
Ken Truitt
907-465-2186
Juneau: Jan-Apr
 

Committee Memberships

Chairmanships:
Chair, Education

Member:
Vice-Chair, Judiciary
Vice-Chair, State Affairs
Joint Armed Services
Finance Subcommittees:
Corrections
Education & Early Development
Military & Veterans' Affairs

Biography

Date/Place of Birth:
April 24, 1946 at Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Residency:
Alaska: 1969 - 1988
Wasilla: 1988 - present
Occupation:
Building maintenance and construction contractor.
Family:
Wife: Gayle
Children: Matt, April, Zach and five grandchildren.
Education:
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.
Military:
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
Transportation: 2008
Finance Subcommittees:
    - 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.
Special Interests:
Hunting, fishing, flying, boating, hobby auto body and carpentry.

Personal Legislation

HB 30 - Constitutional History Curriculum
Sponsored 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 Req
Sponsored 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 Law
Sponsored by Rep. Wes Keller

An Act relating to compliance with federal education laws; relating to public school accountability; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) EDC : 2015-03-20



HB 159 - Health Care Retainer; Insurance Exempt
Sponsored by Rep. Wes Keller

An Act exempting certain health care agreements from regulation as insurance.

Status: (H) L&C : 2015-03-23


Co-Sponsored Legislation

HB 35 - March 27: Great Alaska Earthquake Day
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit To Governor
Sponsored by Rep. Charisse Millett

An Act establishing March 27 as Great Alaska Good Friday Earthquake Remembrance Day.

Version: CSHB 35(STA)
Status: Await Transmit To Governor : 2015-03-27



HB 43 - Jan 9: AK Law Enforcement Officers' Day
Passed Legislature! Transmitted To Governor
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: Transmitted To Governor : 2015-03-19



HB 56 - Alaska Firefighters' Day
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn, Rep. Matt Claman

An Act establishing Alaska Firefighters' Day.

Status: (S) STA : 2015-03-04



HB 64 - Eliminate Daylight Saving Time
Sponsored 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 84 - Review & Reporting Of Federal Receipts; LB&A
Sponsored 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 Lane
Sponsored 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 And Parole: Work, Travel Accom.
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Cathy Tilton

An Act relating to the duties of probation officers; and relating to conditions of parole.

Version: CSHB 93(STA)
Status: (S) STA : 2015-03-02



HB 107 - Board Of Regents Regional Residency Qualif.
Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Gattis

An Act relating to the composition of the Board of Regents of the University of Alaska.

Status: (H) Await Next Com. : 2015-03-27



HB 115 - AK Sovereignty;US Transfer Land To Alaska
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault

An Act relating to the transfer of public land from the federal government to the state and to the disposal of that land; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) RLS : 2015-03-23



HJR 6 - Federal Contamination Of ANCSA Lands
Passed House!
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.

Status: (S) RLS : 2015-03-20



HJR 13 - Retain Army Forces In Alaska
Passed Legislature! Transmitted To Governor
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: Transmitted To Governor : 2015-03-19


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