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  • Alaska Energy Issues

    We must remove harmful government regulations, reduce unnecessary litigation, and begin to develop a comprehensive plan for Alaska’s energy future. Alaska’s energy and economic futures are mutually dependent, because cheap energy brings with it incr...

  • Budget

    Our national debt is over $21 trillion and growing. It presents one of the greatest long term challenges we face as a country, one which we must all come together to confront. For Fiscal Year 2019, the federal budget is estimated to be $4.407 trillio...

  • Defense

    Without adequately providing for the defense of our nation, the U.S. will cease to be the beacon of freedom we are today. In these times of global threats—be it a resurgent Russia, a growing Chinese military, an unpredictable North Korea, or Islamic...

  • Education

    As a former teacher, I am committed to ensuring that our nation’s children are provided with the best education possible. I strongly believe that all children have a right to study in safe and productive learning environments and that America has a ...

  • Government Overreach/ Overregulation

    Overregulation by our federal agencies continues to harm and threaten our economy. Many estimate compliance costs for this red tape range from hundreds of billions of dollars to more than two trillion. This burden serves to stifle job creation as wel...

  • Opioid Epidemic

    Opioid and substance abuse presents a great challenge to Alaska and across the nation. It robs us of our youth, plagues countless adults, and inflicts anguish on our families. We must unify to seek ways to address this problem. Recently, most of Alas...

  • Natural Resources

    Said quite simply, America must become energy independent. We have no other choice unless we are prepared to continue financing foreign governments. But the good news is that we have the ability to, and that Alaska can lead the way. In January 2017, ...

  • Fisheries

    The Magnuson – Stevens Act (MSA) was first passed in 1976 as the primary law governing marine fisheries management in U.S. federal waters. The MSA fosters long-term biological and economic sustainability of our nation’s marine fisheries out to 200 na...

  • Second Amendment

    The United States has experienced tragedies caused by individuals who used a firearm, several of which have been declared acts of terrorism. In response to these events, some lawmakers have used the terrible loss of life to promote tighter gun contr...

  • Health Care Reform

    Our health care system is critical to our wellbeing and way of life. As Alaskans and Americans live longer, the demand for qualified health providers will continue to grow. Likewise, as medical devices and health care practices become more advanced, ...

  • Immigration

    The United States has provided countless nationalities a refuge to pursue a better life by regularly granting asylum or permitting various immigrants the opportunity to become American citizens. This country is a nation of former immigrants whose an...

  • Native Economic Development

    At the beginning of the 112th Congress I was named the Chairman for the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, a revived subcommittee within the House Natural Resources Committee. I urged that the renewal of this subcommittee was central t...

  • Tax Reform

    I have long advocated for a comprehensive tax reform, greater accountability in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and a fairer and simpler tax policy for Americans. The overcomplicated and outdated tax system riddled with loopholes and exemptions c...

  • Transportation and Infrastructure

    Over the last 45 years, I have worked tirelessly to address the crucial infrastructure needs throughout our great state. Before being elected to public office, I saw firsthand the problems we had with a lack of infrastructure as a tug and barge oper...

  • Veterans

    Alaska is home to more veterans per capita than any other state in the Union, so it is easy to see why the love for our veterans’ community is ingrained in the tapestry of Alaska. As a veteran myself, I understand that we have a responsibility as a ...