Senator David Wilson
Republican, District D
State Senator 2017-present

In 2018, Senator Wilson voted for the Senate version of the operating budget, which included $322 million for the UA System or $14 million less than the House budget of $336.  Senator Wilson voted against Senator Gardner’s amendment to add funding to the UA System’s operating budget.  Her amendment failed 5-15. Senator Wilson later voted for the FY19 operating budget as approved by the conference committee adding $10 million to the UA System’s operating budget.  He joined his senate colleagues in voting for the capital budget, which appropriated $2 million dollars to UA along with an additional $3 million dollars from the Governor’s appropriation.

 

In 2019, with a vote of 19-1, Senator Wilson joined his colleagues in voting for an operating budget (HB39), which rejected the reductions proposed by the governor and provided $322m in funding for the UA System.  Senator Wilson also voted with the entire Senate in passing the FY20 Capital Budget with $10m in deferred maintenance for the UA system.  This amount was later reduced to $7.5m by the House and then reduced to $5m in the final voting.  After the governor’s veto, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19.   Senator Wilson voted for HB2001 and for SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

In 2020, with a vote of 17-1, Senator Wilson joined his colleagues in voting for an operating and capital budget (HB205) which set the funding for UA at $289.5 million. This level of funding is $12.5 million below the FY20 level or half of the $25m cut proposed by the governor’s compact agreement.  While the $12.5 million was approved by the Conference Committee, it was vetoed by the governor.  

 

As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Wilson also introduced an amendment adding intent language to the UA budget.  The intent language would require UA to limit the indirect costs for federal grants billed to the Future Farmers of America Program, which is managed by the UAF Cooperative Extension Service. The amendment was adopted by a Senate vote of 10-9 and later adopted by the Conference Committee.  The senator also voted for HB235 which reauthorized the funding for TVEP.

 
Senator Mike Shower
Republican, District E
State Senator 2018-present

Mike Shower was appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate in Feb. 2018 to replace Mike Dunleavy who resigned to focus on his election campaign for governor. During his first session, Senator Shower’s support of the UA System was not very visible. Senator Shower voted against Senator Gardner’s amendment to add funding to the UA System’s operating budget.  Her amendment failed 5-15. Senator Shower later voted for the FY19 operating budget as approved by the conference committee adding $10 million to the UA System’s operating budget.  He joined his senate colleagues in voting for the capital budget, which appropriated $2 million dollars along to UA with an additional $3 million dollars from the Governor’s appropriation. 

 

In 2019, with a vote of 19-1, Senator Shower joined his colleagues in voting for an operating budget, which rejected the reductions proposed by the governor and provided $322m in funding for the UA system.  Senator Shower also voted with the entire Senate in passing the FY20 Capital Budget with $10m in deferred maintenance for the UA system.  This amount was later reduced to $7.5m by the House and then reduced to $5m in the final voting.  After the governor’s veto, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19.   Senator Shower was excused from the vote on HB2001 and SB2002 for the capital budget. 

 

Senator Shower is to be given credit for holding a hearing of the Senate Affairs Committee on the UA system in ARTS 150 on the UAA campus.

 

In 2020, with a vote of 17-1, Senator Shower joined his colleagues in voting for an operating and capital budget (HB205) which set the funding for UA at $289.5 million. This level of funding is $12.5 million below the FY20 level or half of the $25m cut proposed by the governor’s compact agreement.  While the $12.5 million was approved by the Conference Committee, it was vetoed by the governor.  Senator Shower sponsored SJR 19 which recommended that the chancellors would report directly to the UA Board of Regents.  SJR 19 was referred to committee and did not pass. Senator Shower was the sole sponsor of SB 127 which would require UA to operate all of its satellite campuses online.  The bill referred to committee and did not pass. The senator also voted for HB235 which reauthorized the funding for TVEP.

 
Senator Shelley Hughes
Republican, District F
State Senator 2017-present

In 2018, Senator Hughes voted for the Senate version of the operating budget, which included $322 million for the UA System or $14 million less than the House budget of $336.  Senator Hughes voted against Senator Gardner’s amendment to add funding to the UA System’s operating budget.  The amendment failed 5-15. Senator Hughes later voted for the FY19 operating budget as approved by the conference committee adding $10 million to the UA System’s operating budget.  She joined her senate colleagues in voting for the capital budget, which appropriated $2 million dollars to UA along with an additional $3 million dollars from the Governor’s appropriation.

 

In 2019, Senator Hughes was critical of the UA system in her newsletter by stating that:

Since we subsidize our public university at an extremely higher rate per student than universities across the nation, the legislature has an obligation to consider this ongoing spending rate before we dip into savings or tax Alaskans to pay for it.

 

However, with a vote of 19-1, Senator Hughes joined her colleagues in voting for an operating budget, which rejected the reductions proposed by the governor and provided $322m in funding for the UA system.  Senator Hughes also voted with the entire Senate in passing the FY20 Capital Budget with $10m in deferred maintenance for the UA system.  This amount was later reduced to $7.5m by the House and then reduced to $5m in the final voting.  After the governor’s veto, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19.   Senator Hughes was excused from the vote on HB2001 and voted for SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

In 2020, with a vote of 17-1, Senator Hughes joined her colleagues in voting for an operating and capital budget (HB205) which set the funding for UA at $289.5 million. This level of funding is $12.5 million below the FY20 level or half of the $25m cut proposed by the governor’s compact agreement.  While the $12.5 million was approved by the Conference Committee, it was vetoed by the governor.  Senator Hughes sponsored a resolution supporting federal legislation to create the Arctic Department of Defense Regional Center for Security Studies. Senator Hughes’ office also hosted a student intern from UAF. The senator also voted for HB235 which reauthorized the funding for TVEP.

 
Senator Lora Reinbold
Republican, District G
State Representative 2013-present

During the 2018 session, Representative Reinbold’s support for the UA System was very limited. She voted against HB221, which allows the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education to partner with the UA System to improve workforce training. HB221 passed the House and Senate.  She voted against the House operating budget in April, which contained a $19 million dollar increase for the UA System.  She also supported amendment #9 that attempted to remove all funding for the Live Homework Help program, which is regularly used by UAA students.  Amendment #9 failed and the funding was retained. Representative Reinbold voted against the FY19 operating budget and the FY 19 capital budget that was passed by the House after approval by the Conference Committee.  This final version of the operating budget contained a $10 million increase for the UA System while the capital budget appropriated $2 million dollars along with an additional $3 million dollars from the Governor’s appropriation to the UA System.

 

In 2019 with a vote of 19-1, Senator Reinbold joined her colleagues in voting for an operating budget, which rejected the reductions proposed by the governor and provided $322m in funding for the UA system.  Senator Reinbold also voted with the entire Senate in passing the FY20 Capital Budget with $10m in deferred maintenance for the UA system.  This amount was later reduced to $7.5m by the House and then reduced to $5m in the final voting.  After the governor’s veto, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19.   Senator Reinbold was the only senator who voted against HB2001 while voting for SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

As a member of the State Affairs Committee, Senator Reinbold is to be given credit for attending the Committee hearing on the UA system at the UAA campus.  Her increasing engagement this year is seen as promising for her future support of the universities.

 

In 2020, Senator Reinbold was the sole negative vote when the Senate passed HB205 which set the funding for UA at $289.5 million. This level of funding is $12.5 million below the FY20 level or half of the $25m cut proposed by the governor’s compact agreement.  While the $12.5 million was approved by the Conference Committee, it was vetoed by the governor. All senators voted for HB 313 (CARES) except Senator Reinbold who introduced several unsuccessful amendments. HB313 provides UA with $10.5 m from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and $1.7m from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund.  The senator also voted for HB235 which reauthorized the funding for TVEP.

 
Senator Bill Wielechowski
Democrat State Senator 2006-present

In 2018, Senator Wielechowski voted for the Senate version of the operating budget, which included $322 million for the UA System or $14 million less than the House budget of $336.  Senator Wielechowski voted for Senator Gardner’s amendment to add funding to the UA System’s operating budget.  Her amendment failed 5-15. Senator Wielechowski later voted for the FY19 operating budget as approved by the conference committee adding $10 million to the UA System’s operating budget.  He joined his senate colleagues in voting for the capital budget, which appropriated $2 million dollars to UA along with an additional $3 million dollars from the Governor’s appropriation.

 

In 2019 during the Senate Finance Committee meeting Senator Wielechowski spoke in support of the UA system and the impact of the past five years of budget reductions.  With a vote of 19-1, Senator Wielechowski joined his colleagues in voting for an operating budget, which rejected the reductions proposed by the governor and provided $322m in funding for the UA system.  Senator Wielechowski also voted with the entire Senate in passing the FY20 Capital Budget with $10m in deferred maintenance for the UA system.  This amount was later reduced to $7.5m by the House and then reduced to $5m in the final voting.  After the governor’s veto, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19.   Senator Wielechowski voted for HB2001 and for SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

After the legislature adjourned, Senator Wielechowski is to be given credit for cohosting a Town Hall meeting on the UA system.

 

In 2020 Senator Wielechowski was supportive of UA as a member of the Senate Finance Committee. With a vote of 17-1, Senator Wielechowski joined his colleagues in voting for an operating and capital budget (HB205) which set the funding for UA at $289.5 million. This level of funding is $12.5 million below the FY20 level or half of the $25m cut proposed by the governor’s compact agreement.  While the $12.5 million was approved by the Conference Committee, it was vetoed by the governor.  Senator Wielechowski’s office hosted a student intern from UAA. The senator also voted for HB235 which reauthorized the funding for TVEP.

 
Senator Elvi Gray-Jackson
Democrat, District I
State Senator 2018-present

With a vote of 19-1, Senator Gray- Jackson joined her colleagues in voting for an operating budget, which rejected the reductions proposed by the governor and provided $322m in funding for the UA system.  Senator Gray-Jackson also voted with the entire Senate in passing the FY20 Capital Budget with $10m in deferred maintenance for the UA system.  This amount was later reduced to $7.5m by the House and then reduced to $5m in the final voting.  After the governor’s veto, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19.   Senator Gray-Jackson voted for HB2001 and SB2002 for the capital budget.  It is expected that Senator Gray-Jackson’s support of the UA system will increase in future legislature sessions.

 

In 2020, with a vote of 17-1, Senator Gray-Jackson joined her colleagues in voting for an operating and capital budget (HB205) which set the funding for UA at $289.5 million. This level of funding is $12.5 million below the FY20 level or half of the $25m cut proposed by the governor’s compact agreement.  While the $12.5 million was approved by the Conference Committee, it was vetoed by the governor.  Senator Gray-Jackson was the sponsor of SB 196 which would have allowed the wearing of tribal regalia at university and public school events such as graduation. The bill was referred to committee and did not pass. The senator also voted for HB235 which reauthorized the funding for TVEP.

 
Democrat, District J
State Senator 2017-present
Senator Tom Begich

During the fall of 2017, Senator Begich met with the UAA Faculty and Staff Association Executive Committee.   In the 2018 session, Senator Begich voted for Senator Gardner’s amendment to add funding to the UA System’s operating budget.  The amendment failed 5-15.  He joined his senate colleagues in voting for the capital budget, which appropriated $2 million dollars to UA along with an additional $3 million dollars from the Governor’s appropriation.

 

In 2019 with a vote of 19-1, Senator Begich joined his colleagues in voting for an operating budget, which rejected the reductions proposed by the governor and provided $322m in funding for the UA system.  Senator Begich also voted with the entire Senate in passing the FY20 Capital Budget with $10m in deferred maintenance for the UA system.  This amount was later reduced to $7.5m by the House and then reduced to $5m in the final voting. After the governor’s veto, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19.   Senator Begich voted for HB2001 and for SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

In 2020, with a vote of 17-1, Senator Begich joined his colleagues in voting for an operating and capital budget (HB205) which set the funding for UA at $289.5 million. This level of funding is $12.5 million below the FY20 level or half of the $25m cut proposed by the governor’s compact agreement.  While the $12.5 million was approved by the Conference Committee, it was vetoed by the governor.  Senator Begich was the sponsor for an amendment to provide $635,900 in funding for library programs that would directly benefit the UA libraries.  While this funding was approved by the Committee Conference, it was later vetoed by the governor. Senator Begich was the sponsor of SB 30 which would have expanded the Middle College and dual enrollment programs.  The bill was referred to committee and did not pass. Senator Begich’s office hosted a student intern from UAA. The senator also voted for HB235 which reauthorized the funding for TVEP.

 

As the Senate’s minority leader during the 2019 and 2020 sessions, Senator Begich is to be given credit for his work in negotiating with the Senate President, Cathy Giessel, with the Speaker of the House and the governor’s office to find a compromise in passing the state’s operating budget for the UA system. Senator Begich met with the Executive Committee of the UAA Faculty and Staff Association in August 2019.

 
Senator Mia Costello
Republican, District K
State Senator 2015-present

In 2018, Senator Costello voted for the Senate version of the operating budget, which included $322 million for the UA System or $14 million less than the House budget of $336.  Senator Costello voted against Senator Gardner’s amendment to add funding to the UA System’s operating budget.  The amendment failed 5-15. Senator Costello later voted for the FY19 operating budget as approved by the conference committee adding $10 million to the UA System’s operating budget.  She joined her senate colleagues in voting for the capital budget, which appropriated $2 million dollars to UA along with an additional $3 million dollars from the Governor’s appropriation.

 

In 2019, Senator Costello was one of the sponsors for Senate Joint Resolution 10, which urged the federal delegation to facilitate the completion of the land grant endowment to the UA System.  With a vote of 19-1, Senator Costello joined her colleagues in voting for an operating budget, which rejected the reductions proposed by the governor and provided $322m in funding for the UA system.  Senator Costello also voted with the entire Senate in passing the FY20 Capital Budget with $10m in deferred maintenance for the UA system.  This amount was later reduced to $7.5m by the House and then reduced to $5m in the final voting.  After the governor’s veto, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19.   Senator Costello voted for HB2001 and for SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

In 2020, Senator Costello was excused during the vote for an operating and capital budget (HB205) which set the funding for UA at $289.5 million. This level of funding is $12.5 million below the FY20 level or half of the $25m cut proposed by the governor’s compact agreement.  While the $12.5 million was approved by the Conference Committee, it was vetoed by the governor.  Senator Costello sponsored a resolution supporting federal legislation to create the Arctic Department of Defense Regional Center for Security Studies. Senator Costello’s office hosted a student intern from UAA. The senator also voted for HB235 which reauthorized the funding for TVEP.

 
Senator Natasha Von Imhof
Republican, District L
State Senator 2017-present

In September 2017, Senator von Imhof met with the Executive Committee of the UAA Faculty and Staff Association.  During the 2018 session, Senator von Imhof was a member of the Senate Finance Committee that recommended an operating budget, which included $322 million for the UA System or $14 million less than the House budget of $336 million. Senator von Imhof voted against Senator Gardner’s amendment to add funding to the UA System’s operating budget.  The amendment failed 5-15. Senator Von Imhof later voted for the FY19 operating budget as approved by the conference committee adding $10 million to the UA System’s operating budget.  She joined her senate colleagues in voting for the capital budget, which appropriated $2 million dollars to UA along with an additional $3 million dollars from the Governor’s appropriation.

 

In 2019 as a member of the Senate UA subcommittee and a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator von Imhof voted for a $322m budget for the UA system, which was $5m higher than the UA budget passed by the House.  The $322m budget is only a 1.5 percent decrease over FY19.  Senator von Imhof was also a member of the Conference Committee, which accepted the Senate version of $322m for the UA budget. As the co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee Senator von Imhof recommended the Capital Budget which included $10m for deferred maintenance for the UA system. The entire Senate approved this amount.  The $10m was later reduced to $7.5m by the House and then reduced to $5m in the final voting. After the governor’s veto of HB39, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19.   Senator von Imhof voted for HB2001 and for SB2002 for the capital budget.  In October, Senator von Imhof met with the Executive Committee of the UAA Faculty and Staff Association.

 

During the 2020 session, Senator von Imhof was supportive of UA as a member of the Senate Finance Committee and on the Conference Committee. In 2020, with a vote of 17-1, Senator von Imhof joined her colleagues in voting for an operating and capital budget (HB205) which set the funding for UA at $289.5 million. This level of funding is $12.5 million below the FY20 level or half of the $25m cut proposed by the governor’s compact agreement.  While the $12.5 million was approved by the Conference Committee, it was vetoed by the governor.  The senator also voted for HB235 which reauthorized the funding for TVEP.

 

On February 24, 2020 Senator von Imhof had her Chief of Staff visit the UAA campus to assess the need for deferred maintenance.

 
Senator Josh Revak
Republican, District M
State Representative 2018-2019
Senator 2019-present

As a member of the House Education Committee, Representative Revak did not attend the final close out meeting for the committee’s recommendations.  Representative Revak also voted as a member of the minority caucus, against the operating budget (HB39), which reduced the cuts proposed by the governor.  After the governor’s veto, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19.   Representative Revak voted against HB2001 and was excused from voting on SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

With the untimely death of Senator Birch, Representative Revak has been named by the governor to represent Senate District M.  Senator Revak’s staff member Kim Skipper met with the Executive Committee of the UAA Faculty and Staff Association.

 

In 2020, with a vote of 17-1, Senator Revak joined his colleagues in voting for an operating and capital budget (HB205) which set the funding for UA at $289.5 million. This level of funding is $12.5 million below the FY20 level or half of the $25m proposed by the governor’s compact agreement.  While the $12.5 million was approved by the Conference Committee, it was vetoed by the governor. Senator Revak sponsored a resolution supporting federal legislation to create the Arctic Department of Defense Regional Center for Security Studies. Senator Revak was a sponsor of HB 159 which would have changed the service and reimbursement requirements for the WWAMI Medical Program. The bill was referred to committee and did not pass. Senator Revak’s office hosted two student interns from UAF. The senator also voted for HB235 which reauthorized the funding for TVEP.

 
Senator Roger Holland
Republican, District N
State Senator 2021-present