Pete Kelly (Alaska politician) Article

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Pete Kelly
Senator Pete Kelly.jpg
President of the Alaska Senate
Assumed office
January 17, 2017
Preceded by Kevin Meyer
Member of the Alaska Senate
from the A district
Assumed office
January 20, 2015
Preceded by John Coghill
Succeeded by Scott Kawasaki
Member of the Alaska Senate
from the B district
In office
January 2013 – January 20, 2015
Preceded by Joe Paskvan
Succeeded by John Coghill
Member of the Alaska Senate
from the P district
In office
January 1999 – January 2003
Preceded by Bert Sharp
Succeeded by???
Member of the Alaska House of Representatives
from the 31 district
In office
January 1995 – January 1999
Preceded by Joe Sitton
Succeeded by Jim Whitaker
Personal details
Born (1956-06-03) June 3, 1956 (age 62)
Fairbanks, Alaska, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)Perri Kelly
Children3
Education University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Liberty University ( BS)
Website State Senate website

Pete Kelly (born June 3, 1956 in Fairbanks, Alaska) is an American politician and a Republican member of the Alaska Senate. He has served in the Alaska Senate since January 18, 2013, representing District A. [1] He has served as President of the Alaska State Senate since January 2017. [2] Kelly previously served in the Alaska Legislature in the Alaska House of Representatives and Senate from 1995 until 2003.

Personal life

Pete Kelly was born in Fairbanks, Alaska on June 3, 1956, the youngest of seven children of Halford "Hal" and Helen Kelly. He has lived in Fairbanks for most of his life, and graduated from Monroe Catholic High School in 1974. His oldest brother was Mike Kelly. Mike died in a plane crash on December 7, 2016. [3]

Kelly attended University of Alaska Fairbanks and earned his BS in business administration from Liberty University. [4]

His son, Devin, was found guilty of indecent exposure involving a minor in 2015. [5]

Elections

In 1994, Kelly was unopposed in the House District 31 August 23, 1994 Republican primary, winning with 768 votes. [6] He challenged incumbent Democratic Representative Joe Sitton in the general election. Kelly won the three-way November 8, 1994 general election with 2,269 votes (49.9%) against Sitton and Fairbanks Republican candidate Walt Johnson. [7]

In 1996, Kelly was unopposed in the August 27, 1996 Republican primary. He won with 1,986 votes, [8] and went on to win the November 5, 1996 general election with 3,262 votes (66.5%) against Democratic nominee Erik Holland. [9]

In 1998, when Republican Senator Bert Sharp retired and left the District P seat open, Kelly won the August 25, 1998 Republican primary, receiving 2,107 votes against District 32 Representative Al Vezey. [10] Kelly won the November 3, 1998 general election with 5,082 votes (61.80%) against Democratic nominee Jane Haigh. [11]

Kelly was unopposed for the District B August 28, 2012 Republican primary, winning with 2,386 votes. [12] He faced incumbent Democratic Senator Joe Paskvan (redistricted from District E) in the general election; Kelly won the November 6, 2012 contest with 6,232 votes (54.11%). [13]

Alaska Legislature

19th Legislature (1995-1996)

Kelly first served in the legislature during the 19th Legislature in the Alaska House of Representatives, representing District 31. [14]

Committee memberships

  • Special Committee on Economic Development
  • Finance
  • Finance Subcommittees:
    • Commerce and Economic Development (chair)
    • Community and Regional Affairs (chair)

Caucus memberships

  • Fairbanks/Interior Delegation
  • Majority Caucus

20th Legislature (1997-1998)

Kelly won reelection in 1996 and served as the representative for District 31. [15]

Committee memberships

  • Finance
  • Finance Subcommittees:
    • Education (chair)
    • Natural Resources (chair)

Caucus memberships

  • Fairbanks/Interior Delegation
  • Majority Caucus

21st Legislature (1999-2000)

Kelly joined the Senate during the 21st Legislature, representing District P. [16]

Committee memberships

  • Heath, Education and Social Services (vice-chair)
  • Joint Administrative Regulatory Review
  • Joint Armed Services Committee
  • Resources
  • Finance
  • Finance Subcommittees:
    • Natural Resources
    • Community and Regional Affairs (chair)
    • Health and Social Services (chair)

Caucus memberships

  • Fairbanks/Interior Delegation
  • Majority Caucus

22nd Legislature (2001-2002)

Kelly was reelected to the senate in 2000 for District P for the 22nd Legislature. He served as the co-chair of the Finance Committee. [17]

Committee memberships

  • Committee on committees (vice-chair)
  • Finance (co-chair)
  • Community and Regional Affairs
  • Legislative Council
  • Natural Gas Pipelines
  • Finance Subcommittees:
    • Community and Economic Development (chair)
    • Fish and Game (chair)
    • University of Alaska (co-chair)
    • Governor
    • Health and Social Services
    • Legislature

Caucus memberships

  • Majority Caucus
  • Interior Delegation

28th Legislature (2013-2014)

Kelly returned to the Senate after winning election in 2012, representing District B. He co-chaired the Senate Finance Committee as well as the Joint Armed Services Committee [18]

Committee memberships

  • Joint Armed Services Committee (co-chair)
  • Finance (co-chair)
  • Health and Social Services
  • Finance Subcommittees:
    • Court System (chair)
    • Law (chair)
    • Legislature (co-chair)
    • Governor (co-chair)
    • University of Alaska

Caucus membership

  • Majority Caucus
  • Interior Delegation

29th Legislature (2015-2016)

Kelly won reelection to the senate in 2014, redistricted to District A. He serves as the co-chair of the Finance Committee. [19]

Committee memberships

  • Finance (co-chair)
  • Joint Armed Services Committee
  • Legislative Budget and Audit (alternate)
  • Committee on Committees
  • Health and Social Services
  • Rules
  • Finance Subcommittees:
    • Environmental Conservation (chair)
    • Governor (co-chair)
    • Judiciary (chair)
    • Legislature (co-chair)
    • University of Alaska (chair)
    • Health and Social Services
    • Transportation and Public Facilities

Caucus membership

  • Majority Caucus
  • Interior Delegation

References

  1. ^ "Pete Kelly". Juneau, Alaska: Alaska Legislature. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  2. ^ Hertz, Nathaniel (January 5, 2017). "New Alaska Senate president on upcoming session: 'It's OK for politicians to fight'". Alaska Dispatch News. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Wife: Ex-state Rep. Mike Kelly dies in Alaska plane crash". Dailyprogress.com. Retrieved 2016-12-08.[ permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Senator Pete Kelly's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  5. ^ "Fairbanks man, son of senator, sentenced to 6 years for indecent exposure". Alaska Dispatch News. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  6. ^ "State of Alaska Official Returns Primary Election August 23, 1994" (PDF). Juneau, Alaska: State of Alaska Division of Elections. p. 34. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  7. ^ "1994 General Election Official Results Statewide Summary November 8, 1994". Juneau, Alaska: State of Alaska Division of Elections. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  8. ^ "Official State of Alaska Primary August 27, 1996 Summary Report". Juneau, Alaska: State of Alaska Division of Elections. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  9. ^ "Official State of Alaska General November 5, 1996 Summary Report". Juneau, Alaska: State of Alaska Division of Elections. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  10. ^ "Election Summary Report State of Alaska Primary '98 Official Results". Juneau, Alaska: State of Alaska Division of Elections. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  11. ^ "Election Summary Report State of Alaska 1998 General Election Official Results". Juneau, Alaska: State of Alaska Division of Elections. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  12. ^ "State of Alaska 2012 Primary Election August 28, 2012 Official Results". Juneau, Alaska: State of Alaska Division of Elections. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  13. ^ "State of Alaska 2012 General Election November 6, 2012 Official Results". Juneau, Alaska: State of Alaska Division of Elections. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  14. ^ "Pete Kelly Member Info 19th Legislature". Alaska BASIS (19th Legislature). Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  15. ^ "Pete Kelly Member Info 20th Legislature". Alaska BASIS (20th Legislature). Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  16. ^ "Pete Kelly Member Info 21st Legislature". Alaska BASIS (21st Legislature). Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  17. ^ "Pete Kelly Member Info 22nd Legislature". Alaska BASIS (22nd Legislature). Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  18. ^ "Pete Kelly Member Info 28th Legislature". Alaska BASIS (28th Legislature). Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  19. ^ "Pete Kelly Member Info 29th Legislature". Alaska BASIS (29th Legislature). Retrieved 8 September 2015.

External links

Media related to Pete Kelly at Wikimedia Commons

Political offices
Preceded by
Kevin Meyer
President of the Alaska Senate
2017–present
Incumbent