Cathy Tilton

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Cathy Tilton
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Alaska House of Representatives, District 12
In office
January 26, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 22, 2017
Years in position 0
Base salary$50,400/year
Per diem$234/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
High schoolService High School
OtherAlaska Business College
ProfessionSmall business owner, real estate investment
Office website
Campaign website
Cathy Tilton is a Republican member of the Alaska House of Representatives, representing District 12. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014.


Tilton has lived in Alaska since she was very young.[1] She graduated from Service High School in 1980. She then earned a certificate in accounting and travel from Alaska Business College.[2]

Professionally, Tilton has worked at a local law firm and for the Mayor of Wasilla. She now owns her own real estate investment business in the greater Matanuska-Susitna Valley area.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Tilton served on the following committees:

Alaska Committee Assignments, 2015
Community & Regional Affairs, Chair
Labor & Commerce
Economic Development, Trade & Tourism


Campaign themes


Tilton submitted the following statement to Ballotpedia:[2]

I am a limited government conservative and believe in applying sound business practices and concepts to make government more efficient.[3]

Tilton listed the following issues on her campaign website:[4]

  • Spending
Excerpt: "Unquestionably, the most important issue we must address, especially in this election cycle is our fiscal stability. It isn’t only about reducing spending, streamlining government services and more thoughtfully prioritizing spending; nor is it only about a sensible tax structure that encourages private investment and helping our economy grow to increase our revenue stream—it must be about both!"
  • Revenue
Excerpt: "Increasing revenue is a critical component to stabilizing our state finances. This is why I strongly supported SB 21 and strongly oppose ballot measure 1. While our oil and gas resources are exactly that—OURS!; we need dependable and experienced private sector partners to help the state of Alaska monetize those resources. State government doesn’t have the expertise to develop our petroleum, and I don’t believe that is the function of state government."
  • Second amendment"
Excerpt: " I fully support existing Alaska gun ownership laws including the “Castle” and “Stand your ground” doctrines."
  • Public safety
Excerpt: "The recent tragedy in Tanana that left two of our State Troopers dead, highlighted the need for changes in Alaska Statute like allowing Village Public Safety Officers (VPSOs) to carry firearms. Fortunately, that bill is awaiting the Governor’s signature, but we must be more vigilant and proactive to prevent these tragedies in the future."
  • Crime
Excerpt: "One of the most effective ways to reduce the money we spend on corrections is to adopt strategies to reduce individuals from re-offending (recidivism). As a member of the House Finance Committee staff, I had the opportunity to work closely with Sen. John Coghill’s office on his omnibus crime bill (SB 64) and include provisions designed to reduce recidivism by helping non-violent offenders re-enter the workforce. As your legislator, I will work to implement programs aimed at recidivism reduction."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Both in Alaska and around the country, there is a growing trend toward alternative approaches from the traditional public school model. Homeschooling, charter schools and school choice continue to increase in the matrix of options for K12 education and in the dialogue about how decision makers wrestle with the complicated issue of public education. We need to carefully consider every option available to provide our kids the best education possible."
  • Land access
Excerpt: "I support the mission and work of the Citizen’s Advisory Commission on Federal Areas (CACFA) and will look for ways to increase their role in helping Alaska manage its land and work with the federal government in developing policies that impact Alaskan’s access to those lands."
  • Fish
Excerpt: " I will support Chinook abundance research efforts so Alaskans will continue to have dependable access to this valuable and iconic resource...I will work with stakeholder groups and our congressional delegation to advance state control of halibut management."
  • Legislative process and transparency
Excerpt:"I support maintaining the 90 day legislative session. I will work with House and Senate leadership to make changes to the Uniform Rules to allow for greater committee work during interim periods...I intend to set aside entire days of committee hearings designated solely for public testimony for any committees I chair, and I will encourage other committee chairs to do the same."



See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alaska House of Representatives 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. Gretchen Wehmhoff was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Cathy Tilton defeated Ronald G. "Ron" Arvin in the Republican primary. Tilton defeated Wehmhoff in the general election.[5][6][7][8]

Alaska House of Representatives, District 12, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCathy Tilton 72.1% 5,569
     Democratic Gretchen Wehmhoff 27.9% 2,155
Total Votes 7,724
Alaska House of Representatives, District 12 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCathy Tilton 64.2% 2,427
Ron Arvin 35.8% 1,352
Total Votes 3,779

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Tilton is available dating back to 2014. Based on available campaign finance records, Tilton raised a total of $75,810 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 22, 2015.[9]

Cathy Tilton's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 Alaska State House, District 12 Won $75,810
Grand Total Raised $75,810


Tilton won election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2014. During that election cycle, Tilton raised a total of $75,810.
Alaska House of Representatives 2014 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Cathy Tilton's campaign in 2014
Tilton, Cathy$36,350
Alaska Republican Party$4,500
Alaska Association Of Realtors$1,000
Alaska Federation Of Republican Women$1,000
Southeast Alaska Pilots Association$750
Total Raised in 2014$75,810
Source: Follow the Money



In 2014, Tilton's endorsements included the following:[10]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Saddler (R)
Alaska House of Representatives District 12
Succeeded by