Joe Paskvan

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Joe Paskvan
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Alaska State Senate District E
Former member
In office
Base salary$50,400/year
Per diem$189 or $234/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Alaska, Fairbanks, 1975
J.D.University of Puget Sound School of Law, 1981
BirthdayMay 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 the E District from 2009 to 2013. Paskvan was defeated in his bid for re-election in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Paskvan received a B.A. in political science from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 1975. He later earned a J.D. from University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1981.[2]

The majority of Paskvan's professional experience has come as an attorney, working for Rice, Hoppner, Brown, & Brunner from 1981-1986. He later began his own firm, Paskvan & Ringstad PC, in 1986. He was also the manager of the bar, Tommy’s Elbow Room, in Fairbanks from 1973-1978.[3] Paskvan is a new senator with little previous political experience.

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.[4][5][6]

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


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%).[7] Paskvan raised $107,395 for his campaign fund.[8]

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.[9]

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)