Senator John Torgerson
District D - Republican

Session:

State Capitol, Room 514
Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Phone: (907) 465-2828
Fax: (907) 465-4779

To send Senator Torgerson an e-mail message please click on the following address:

Senator_John_Torgerson@Legis.state.ak.us

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Interim:

145 Main St Loop, Suite 226, Kenai, AK 99611
Phone: (907) 283-2690 --- Fax: (907) 283-9267
126 W Pioneer, Suite 4, Homer, AK 99603
Phone: (907) 235-0690 --- Fax: (907) 235-4008 (at LIO)
2001 Seward Hwy, Seward, AK 99664

Elected to the Senate 1994

Staff

Mary Jackson at (907) 465-2828 or Mary_Jackson@Legis.state.ak.us
Nancy Kosch at (907) 465-2828 or
Nancy_Kosch@Legis.state.ak.us
Krystal Murphy at (907) 465-2828 or
Krystal_Murphy@Legis.state.ak.us

Biography

Date/Place of Birth: 10/21/47; Iowa City, IA
Occupation: Retail Business Owner/Operator
Spouse: Marjorie
Children: Leila, Jolene, Marissa
Residency in Alaska: Fairbanks, 1950-60; Seward, 1960-75; Kasilof, 1975-present.
Education: High School - G.E.D., U.S. Army, 1966.
Military Service: U.S. Army, (E-5), 3 years service.
Political and Government Positions:

Assembly Member: Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly
Borough Representative: Economic Development Board
Chair: E.D.D. Business Development Committee
Board Member: National Association of Development Organizations
President and Member of the Board: Alaska Municipal League
President and Member of the Board: Kenai Peninsula Caucus
Elected to Senate in 1994

Business and Professional Positions:

President and Member: Soldotna Chamber of Commerce
Board Member: Alaska State Chamber
Fee Arbitration Panel: Alaska Bar Association
Board Member: Alaska Loggers Association

Service Organization(s) Membership:

Founding Board Member and Past President: Peninsula Winter Games, Inc.
Past President: Kenai Fraternal Order of Eagles
Member: Kasilof Fraternal Order of Eagles
Past State Trustee: Fraternal Order of Eagles
Member: Soldotna Elks
Chair: State Elks Governmental Affairs Committee
Lifetime Member: Veterans of Foreign Wars
Member: Seward American Legion
Member: Seward Igloo Pioneers of Alaska
Member: Soldotna Lions Club

Special Interests: Economic Development, Local Government, Resources Issues.

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Press Releases

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Legislation of Interest

SB 36: An Act relating to transportation of public school students; relating to school construction grants; relating to the public school foundation program and to local aid for education; and providing for an effective date.
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Legislation

Prime Sponsor of the following legislation

SB 4: Relating, for purposes of eligibility for a permanent fund dividend, to an absence from the state while on an unpaid sabbatical under the longevity bonus program; and providing for an effective date.
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SB 28: Relating to the unincorporated community capital project matching grant program; and providing for an effective date.
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SB 29: Relating to certain programs of state aid to municipalities and recipients in the unorganized borough; and providing for an effective date.
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SB 30: Relating to municipalities; the incorporation of certain boroughs in the unorganized borough; the formation of separate unorganized boroughs; and to taxation in the unorganized boroughs.
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SB 31: Relating to supplemental grant land entitlements for municipalities.~
SB 33: Relating to the use of broadcasting to promote or conduct certain classics or sweepstakes.~
SB 34: Giving notice of and approving a lease-purchase agreement with the city of Soldotna for a maintenance facility of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.
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SB 97: An Act giving notice of and approving a lease-purchase agreement with the City of Seward for the construction and operation of an addition to the Spring Creek Correctional Center, and setting conditions and limitations on the facility's construction and operation.
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SB 124: An Act relating to salmon classics and race classics.
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SB 139: An Act relating to state aid to volunteer fire departments; and providing for an effective date.
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SB 142: An Act relating to formation of and taxation in regional educational attendance areas; and providing for an effective date.
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SB 148: An Act relating to libraries.
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SB 193: An Act relating to a limitation on administrative expenditures of school districts; and providing for an effective date.
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SB 251: An Act naming Herman Leirer Road near Seward.
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SB 263: An Act relating to secondary roads; and providing for an effective date.
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SB 264: An Act relating to aid for municipal road maintenance; and providing for an effective date.
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SB 265: An Act designating the moose as the state land mammal.
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SB 282: An Act relating to child endangerment.
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SB 314: An Act relating to the Alaska marine highway system and to municipal feeder vessel authorities.
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SJR 8: Urging the United States Congress to give an affirmative expression of approval to a policy authorizing the state to regulate, restrict, or prohibit the export of unprocessed logs harvested from its land and from the land of its political subdivisions and the University of Alaska.
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Co-Sponsor of the following legislation

HB 6: Amending laws relating to the disclosure of information relating to certain minors.
HB 13: Relating to marine safety training and education programs.
HB 158: An Act relating to attendance at a public school on a part-time basis.
HB 170: An Act relating to interference with the rights of physically and mentally challenged persons; and relating to service animals during their pre-training and training period.
HB 356: An Act establishing the Joint Committee on Military Bases in Alaska; and providing for an effective date.
HB 380: An Act relating to a temporary reduction of royalty on oil and gas produced for sale from fields within the Cook Inlet sedimentary basin where production is commenced in fields that have been discovered and undeveloped or that have been shut in.
HCR 1: Relating to a new Alaska Liquefied natural gas project.
HCR 18: Declaring 1997 to be observed as the 80th Anniversery of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and recognizing the vital role played by the Univerisity of Alaska Fairbanks.
HJR 12: Urging the Secretary of the interior to conduct competitive oil and gas lease sales within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.
HJR 16: Relating to a federal balanced budget amendment.
HJR 49: Relating to opposition to a moratorium on the building of roads in the roadless areas of national forests.
HJR 51: Relating to support for H.R. 2924, which allows certain Alaska Native Vietnam veterans and the Elim Native Corporation to select land under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.
HJR 52: Relating to opposition to the designation of any rivers in Alaska as American Heritage Rivers under the American Heritage Rivers initiative.
HJR 53: Relating to support for federal legislation providing for the continuation of the University of Alaska by the conveyance of federal land to the university.
SB 36: An Act relating to transportation of public school students; relating to school construction grants; relating to the public school foundation program and to local aid for education; and providing for an effective date.
SB 52: An Act establishing additional tax credits against the fisheries business tax; and providing for an effective date.
SB 67: An Act relating to the imposition of criminal sentences; and amending Rule 32.2, Alaska Rules of Criminal Procedure.
SB 77: An Act relating to the Alaska Day of Prayer.
SB 95: An Act relating to worker's compensation self-insurance.
SB 180: An Act relating to state rights-of-way.
SB 192: An Act relating to maintenance of state marine vessels; and providing for an effective date.
SB 307: An Act relating to conditions for filling vacancies in the office of United States senator; and providing for an effective date.
SCR 11: Creating the Long-Term Care Task Force.
SCR 21: Relating to declaring March 1998 as Sobriety Awareness Month.
SJR 7: Supporting continued funding of the Alaska National Guard Youth Corps Challenge Program.
SJR 9: Urging the United States Congress to pass legislation to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, to oil and gas exploration, development, and production.
SJR 28: Requesting the federal government to conduct an audit of the Alaska Native regional corporations to determine their compliance with the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and to review the accountability of the corporations to their shareholders.

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District Information

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