Alaska State House Gavels
in 26th Legislature
Caucus Leadership Looks Forward
to Watching New Balance Play out
January 20, 2009
The Alaska State House of Representatives gaveled in the first
session of the 26th Legislature in Juneau earlier today.
Representative Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski) was sworn in as Speaker
of the House as the other 39 members took their oaths of office.
Speaker Chenault says he's hopeful that the new balance within
the caucus and among the committees will lead to positive results.
"There's no doubt that we have our work cut out for us,"
Chenault says. "But I'm confident we can make progress over
the next 90 days. We have the right team in place, with a new
perspective thanks to our members from Rural Alaska."
Representative Kyle Johansen, R-Ketchikan, recently elected Majority
Leader by members following the November elections says there
are large issues to tackle, but the new Majority is well-equipped
to deal with them.
"We have great challenges ahead of us this session, most
notably our fiscal situation because of the price of oil,"
Johansen said. "We are also primed to make progress on an
overall energy plan for the state. However, with such a diverse
leadership team and Majority we have a unique, broad perspective
on those issues. I look forward to working with my colleagues
from across the state and across the aisle to find solutions."
Following the opening ceremonies, the House Committee on Committees
met and approved the finalized committee rosters.
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