Catherine A. Giessel

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Catherine A. Giessel
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Alaska State Senate, District N
Incumbent
In office
January 24, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 26, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$50,400/year
Per diem$234/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Michigan
Master'sUniversity of Alaska-Anchorage
Personal
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Catherine "Cathy" A. Giessel is a Republican member of the Alaska State Senate, representing District N. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Giessel served as a Committee Member/Chair/Vice Chair for the Alaska Republican Party from 1997 to 2008.

Biography

Giessel earned her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Michigan and her M.A. in Nursing Science from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Her professional experience includes working as a nurse and owner of a healthcare consulting business.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Giessel served on the following committees:

Alaska Committee Assignments, 2013
Community & Regional Affairs, Vice-chair
Resources, Chair
State Affairs, Vice-chair
Administrative Regulation Review, Vice-chair
Legislative Budget and Audit
Legislative Ethics

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Giessel served on these committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Giessel's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Energy

  • Excerpt: "I support the goal of an instate natural gas pipeline system, bringing gas from … the North Slope, the Interior, Cook Inlet ... to Alaskans."

Economy

  • Excerpt: "I favor approaches that encourages innovation and fosters business diversity, the sparkplugs of a sustainable economic engine."

Resource Development

  • Excerpt: "Our Constitution and laws provide careful oversight and balance between preserving our environment and using the resources to create jobs and viable communities. Resource development jobs sustain individual's and communities in both urban and rural Alaska."

Education

  • Excerpt: "All options must continue to be available to parents, including traditional public schools, optional school programs, private schools and home school. Home school in Alaska must continue to be parent-driven."

Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "Rules that force us to buy insurance plans that are bloated with government mandates are unfair and costly. In fact, requirements that we purchase health insurance are also unfair."

Elections

2014

See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alaska State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 19, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Harry T. Crawford, Jr. was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Catherine A. "Cathy" Giessel was unopposed in the Republican primary. Giessel defeated Crawford in the general election.[2][3][4][5]

Alaska State Senate, District N, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine A. Giessel Incumbent 54.9% 9,657
     Democratic Harry T. Crawford, Jr. 45.1% 7,938
Total Votes 17,595

2012

See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2012

Giessel won re-election in the 2012 election for Alaska State Senate District 14 (N). She defeated Joe Arness in the August 28, 2012 Republican primary and defeated Ron Devon (I) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

Alaska State Senate, District 14 (N), General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine Giessel Incumbent 59.1% 10,405
     Independent Ron Devon 40.9% 7,202
Total Votes 17,607
Alaska State Senate, District 14 (N) Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine Giessel Incumbent 67.9% 3,964
Joe Arness 32.1% 1,878
Total Votes 5,842

2010

See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2010

Giessel defeated Jennifer B. Johnston and Mark W. Moronell in the August 24 primary. She then defeated Democrat Janet L. Reiser and Independent Philip Dziubinski in the November 2 general election.[9][10]

Alaska State Senate, District P General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Catherine A. Giessel (P) 9,255
Janet L. Reiser (D) 7,042
Philip Dziubinski (I) 2,072
Alaska State Senate, District P Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Catherine A. Giessel (R) 4,315
Mark W. Moronell (R) 2,147
Jennifer B. Johnston (R) 1,976

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Giessel is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Giessel raised a total of $245,662 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 1, 2013.[11]

Catherine A. Giessel's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Alaska State Senate, District N Won $97,059
2010 Alaska State Senate, District P Won $148,603
Grand Total Raised $245,662

2012

Giessel won re-election to the Alaska State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Giessel raised a total of $97,059.
Alaska State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Catherine A. Giessel's campaign in 2012
Giessel, Catherine A (Cathy)$13,863
Anchorage Republican Womens Club$5,000
Associated General Contractors of Alaska$2,000
Penney, Robert C$1,000
Jansen, Jim$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$97,059
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Giessel won election to the Alaska State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Giessel raised a total of $148,603.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 28th Alaska State Legislature was in session from January 21 to April 20.

Legislators are scored on "how supportive they are of Alaska’s private business sector."[12]

2012

In 2012, the 27th Alaska State Legislature was in session from January 17 to April 15. It was in special session from April 15 to April 30.[13]

Legislators are scored on "how supportive they are of Alaska’s private business sector."[12]

Personal

Giessel and her husband, Richard, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Alaska State Senate District N
2013–present
Succeeded by
N/A
Preceded by
Con Bunde (R)
Alaska State Senate District P
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Dennis Egan (D)