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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
Signed Into Law! Chapter 54 SLA 16
Sponsored 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.

Version: SCS CSHB 156(FIN)(EFD FLD H)
Status: Chapter 54 SLA 16 : 2016-07-28



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



HB 177 - King Salmon Tags And Designs
Sponsored 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 Absence
Sponsored 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 Atty
Sponsored 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,officers
Sponsored 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 Withdrawals
Signed 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 Limits
Sponsored 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


Co-Sponsored Legislation

HB 35 - March 27: Great Alaska Earthquake Day
Signed 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' Day
Signed 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' Day
Signed 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 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 77 - Disability: ID/License And Training Requirements
Passed 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&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 & Parole: Work, Travel Accom.
Signed Into Law! Chapter 49 SLA 16
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: Chapter 49 SLA 16 : 2016-07-28



HB 107 - Board Of Regents Regional Residency Qualif.
Passed Legislature! Vetoed By 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: Vetoed By Governor : 2016-09-08



HB 115 - AK Sovereignty;US Transfer Land To Alaska
Passed 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;exemptions
Signed Into Law! Chapter 18 SLA 16
Sponsored by Rep. David Talerico

An Act relating to the duties of the commissioner of fish and game; 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 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: CCS HB 137
Status: Chapter 18 SLA 16 : 2016-06-13



HB 210 - Election Pamphlet Statements
Sponsored 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, Definition
Signed Into Law! Chapter 14 SLA 16
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: Chapter 14 SLA 16 : 2016-06-02



HB 298 - Layoff Of Tenured Teachers
Sponsored 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; Delegates
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 46
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: Legis Resolve 46 : 2016-09-23



HJR 6 - Federal Contamination Of ANCSA Lands
Signed 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 Alaska
Signed 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 Convention
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 49
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: Legis Resolve 49 : 2016-09-15



HR 6 - Max F. Gruenberg Jr. Committee Room
Passed House! House Resolve 6
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: (H) Resolve 6 : 2016-08-26


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