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  Jerry Ritter (907) 465-3804
House Majority Press Secretary
State Capitol
Juneau, AK 99801
web site:
http://www.akrepublicans.org
Actuality line: 1-800-478-6540

21st Alaska House of Representatives Convenes
Representative Brian Porter Elected Speaker

For Immediate Release: January 19, 1999
Contact: Rep. Brian Porter at (907) 465-3720.

Juneau -- The 21st Alaska House of Representatives convened Tuesday morning and Anchorage Representative Brian Porter was unanimously elected Speaker of the House.

Porter, the former Anchorage Police Chief, served as Majority Leader in the 20th Alaska Legislature. He succeeds fellow Republican Representative Gail Phillips of Homer as Speaker. Representative Joe Green of Anchorage will serve as Majority Leader of the 27-member Republican-led House Majority, and Representative Richard Foster of Nome as Majority Whip. Representatives Ethan Berkowitz and Reggie Joule will serve as Minority Leader and Minority Whip respectively.

"The 21st Alaska Legislature will likely prove to be one of the most pivotal in our state's history," said Porter. "I believe this Legislature has the talent, drive, and energy to meet its responsibility and allow Alaska to move smoothly into the next," Porter said.

The House also approved a list of committee assignments prepared by the Committee on Committees. The list of committee chairs and members is attached.

" Because of the scale of the recent reductions in oil production and prices, this Legislature faces an awesome task we now face. Our commitment to work toward elimination of the fiscal gap will continue despite these disappointing developments," Porter said.

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Broadcasters note: Audio comments from House Speaker, Rep. Brian Porter, are available on the Majority Actuality line, 1-800-478-6540
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21st Alaska House Standing Committee Assignments

Rules Committee

  • Cowdery, Chair
  • Porter
  • Green
  • Phillips
  • Kott
  • Berkowitz
  • Joule

Finance

  • Mulder, Co-Chair
  • Therriault, Co-Chair
  • Bunde, Vice-Chair
  • Davis
  • Kohring
  • Austerman
  • Williams
  • Foster
  • Davies
  • Grussendorf
  • Moses

Health, Education, & Social Services

  • Dyson, Co-Chair
  • Coghill, Co-Chair
  • Whitaker
  • Green
  • Morgan
  • Brice
  • Kemplen

Judiciary

  • Kott, Chair
  • Green
  • Rokeberg
  • James
  • Murkowski
  • Croft
  • Kerttula

Committee on Committees

  • Porter, Chair
  • Green
  • Cowdery
  • Mulder
  • Therriault
  • Berkowitz
  • Joule

Resources

  • Ogan, Co-Chair
  • Sanders, Co-Chair
  • Masek, Vice-Chair
  • Harris
  • Morgan
  • Barnes
  • Whitaker
  • Joule
  • Kapsner

State Affairs

  • James, Chair
  • Coghill
  • Ogan
  • Whitaker
  • Hudson
  • Kerttula
  • Smalley

Labor & Commerce

  • Rokeberg, Chair
  • Halcro, Vice-Chair
  • Sanders
  • Murkowski
  • Harris
  • Brice
  • Cissna

Transportation

  • Masek, Chair
  • Halcro, Vice-Chair
  • Hudson
  • Cowdery
  • Sanders
  • Kemplen
  • Kookesh

Community & Regional Affairs

  • Halcro, C-Chair
  • Harris, Co-Chair
  • Morgan
  • Murkowski
  • Dyson
  • Joule
  • Kookesh

21st Alaska House Special Committee Assignments

Oil & Gas

  • Whitaker, Chair
  • Dyson
  • Phillips
  • Ogan
  • Harris

Fisheries

  • Hudson, Chair
  • Dyson
  • Whitaker
  • Harris
  • Morgan
  • Kapsner
  • Smalley

Military & Veterans Affairs

  • Murkowski, Chair
  • Coghill, Vice-Chair
  • James
  • Phillips
  • Kott
  • Cissna
  • Croft

Legislative Council

  • Barnes, Vice-Chair
  • Phillips
  • Porter
  • Cowdery
  • Ogan
  • Rokeberg
  • Berkowitz

Legislative Budget & Audit

  • Phillips, Chair
  • Therriault
  • Bunde
  • Davis
  • Mulder, Alternate
  • Croft

Utility Restructuring

  • Hudson, Chair
  • Cowdery, Vice-Chair
  • Kott
  • Rokeberg
  • Porter
  • Davies

World Trade & State & Federal Relations

  • Barnes, Chair
  • Cowdery, Vice-Chair
  • Masek
  • Phillips
  • Green
  • Berkowitz
  • Joule

Economic Development & Tourism

  • Phillips, Chair
  • Barnes
  • Rokeberg
  • Dyson
  • Halcro
  • Cissna
  • Kerttula

Ethics

  • Kott
  • Kookesh
  • Porter, Alternate
  • Berkowitz, Alternate

Regulation Review

  • James, Vice-Chair
  • Harris