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Representative Wes Keller  (R-7, Mat-Su)

Session Info:

State Capitol, Room 118
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

Office Staff

Jim Pound
Professional Staff
907-465-2671
Juneau: Jan-Apr
 
Janet Ogan
Senior Staff
907-465-2186
Juneau: Jan-Apr
907-373-1842
Mat-Su: May-Dec
Ernest Prax
Judiciary Aide
907-465-6265
Juneau: Jan-Apr
907-373-1842
Mat-Su: May-Dec

Committee Memberships

Chairmanships:
Chair, Judiciary

Member:
Health & Social Services
Rules
State Affairs
Finance Subcommittees:
Court System
Law
Revenue

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.

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