About Me

When I came to this state as a young woman forty years ago, Alaska was unlike any other place in the country.  There were more opportunities for success than any place I had ever been.  I believe that it is our duty to guarantee that future generations of Alaskans have access to the same kinds of opportunities.

I have enjoyed a long career in public service, beginning with a four year stint as mayor of the beautiful town of Kodiak in the Gulf of Alaska.  In 2004 the voters of Kodiak elected me to serve their interests in the House of Representatives and I spent the next four years doing that, until I left the Alaska State Legislature in 2008.  I moved to Anchorage the following year, where I quickly saw that there was more I could do for my new community and so I ran for office.  I am happy to be back in Juneau working on behalf of my fellow Alaskans.

I’ve always believed that the best way to represent people is to know them, to understand the concerns and ambitions of the people I live with.  Good leaders listen to and learn from the others in their community and I look forward to getting to know more of you and EARNING your trust.  I don’t have all the answers, which means it is my mission to hear what you have to say so that together we can build better solutions to the issues facing our community. 

We will work alongside each other to make our North and Eastside neighborhoods of Muldoon, Creekside Park and JBER the best places in Anchorage to live, work and play.

Professional Background:

Attorney

Length of Residency in Alaska:

40 years

Family:

Spouse – Kurt (deceased)
Children – Matthew, Sheree, Daniel (deceased)
Grandsons – Cuauhtemoc, Bjorn

Education:

School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California Berkeley, 1970-1973, J.D.
University of California Berkeley, 1968-1970, B.A.
University of Southern California, 1966-1968
La Mirada High School, 1962-1966

Political & Government Positions:

State Representative, District 15 (Muldoon, Creekside, JBER), 2013 – Present

– Chair, Rules Committee, 2017- Present
– Chair of Judiciary Committee, 2015-2017
– Co-Chair of Joint Armed Services Committee, 2015-2017
– Co-Chair of Special Committee on Fisheries, 2013-2015
– Co-Chair of Community and Regional Affairs Committee, 2013-2015
– Co-Chair of Military and Veterans Affairs, 2013-2015
– Vice-Chair of Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, 2015-2017

Board Member, Northeast Community Council, 2010 – 2012
State Representative, District 36 (Kodiak and Lake & Peninsula Boroughs), 2005-2009
Board Member, Alaska Municipal League, 2003-2004
Borough Mayor, Kodiak Island Borough 2001-2004
Board Member, Kodiak Electric Association 1995-2000

Business, Professional, & Service Affiliations:

Board Member, Alaska Legal Services Corporation
Pioneers of Alaska, Womens’ Igloo 4, Anchorage
Sons of Norway, Bernt Balchen Lodge, Anchorage
Rotary Club of Anchorage
Mubuhay Lions Club (former board member)
Anchorage Chamber of Commerce

Special Interests:

Travel, true crime novels, running, and hiking