Joe Paskvan

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Joe Paskvan
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Alaska State Senate District E
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Alaska, Fairbanks, 1975
J.D.University of Puget Sound School of Law, 1981
Date of birthMay 19, 1952
Place of birthFairbanks, AK
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Joe Paskvan (b. May 19, 1952) is a former Democratic member of the Alaska State Senate, representing District E from 2009 to 2013. Paskvan was defeated in his bid for re-election in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]


Paskvan earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 1975 and his J.D. from University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1981.

Paskvan's professional experience includes working as an attorney for Rice, Hoppner, Brown, & Brunner from 1981-1986, owning his own firm, Paskvan & Ringstad PC, in 1986 and Manager of Tommy’s Elbow Room, in Fairbanks from 1973-1978.

Committee assignments


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

  • Subcommittee on Education and Early Development
  • Subcommittee on Natural Resources
  • Subcommittee on Public Safety
  • Subcommittee on Revenue


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Paskvan served on these committees:



See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2012

Paskvan ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Alaska State Senate District 2 (B). He ran unopposed in the August 28, 2012, Democratic primary and was defeated by Pete Kelly (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Alaska State Senate, District 2 (B), General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPete Kelly 54.3% 6,232
     Democratic Joe Paskvan Incumbent 45.7% 5,249
Total Votes 11,481


See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2008

In 2008, Paskvan was elected to the Alaska State Senate, District E. Paskvan edged out Cynthia Henry in a close race by taking 5,861 votes (51.81%) while Henry finished with 5,422 votes (47,93%).[5] Paskvan raised $107,395 for his campaign fund.[6]

Alaska State Senate, District E (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Paskvan (D) 5,861 51.81%
Cynthia Henry 5,422 47.93%

Campaign donors

2010 (Off-cycle)

Paskvan raised no money in the 2010 election cycle.


In 2008, Paskvan collected $107,395 in donations.[7]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Senate Democratic Campaign Committee of Alaska $13,752
Joseph Paskuan $5,374
Electrical Workers Local 1547 $2,000
Alaska Conservation Voters $1,000
Operating Engineers Local 302 $1,000


Paskvan has four children and resides with his wife Barbara in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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Preceded by
Alaska State Senate District E
Succeeded by
Charlie Huggins (R)