Mark Begich

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Mark Begich
Mark Begich.jpg
U.S. Senate, Alaska
Incumbent
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorTed Stevens (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next general November 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,576,337
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, City of Anchorage
2003-2009
Education
Bachelor'sNone
Personal
BirthdayMarch 30, 1962
Place of birthAnchorage, AK
ProfessionBusinessman
Net worth$1,415,023
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Mark Begich campaign logo
Mark Begich (b. March 30, 1962, in Anchorage, AK) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Alaska. Begich was first elected to the Senate in 2008. He defeated Ted Stevens (R), Bob Bird (Alaskan Independence), Frederick Haase (L) and Ted Gianoutsos (NPA) in the general election.

Begich began his political career in the Anchorage Assembly, where he served from 1988 to 1998. Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, he served as the Mayor of Anchorage from 2003 to 2009.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Begich is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.

Begich is seeking re-election in 2014. He holds one of the most vulnerable Senate seats going into the 2014 election. The race is rated as a Toss Up by both Cook Political Report and Sabato's Crystal Ball.[1][2] Begich defeated William Bryk in the primary and will face Daniel S. Sullivan (R) and a number of third-party candidates in the general election.

Biography

Begich is the only current U.S. Senator without any degree after high school. Like Begich, U.S. Senator Rand Paul did not obtain an undergraduate degree; however, Paul went on to complete medical school.[3] He is the son of former U.S. Representative Nick Begich.[4]

Career

During the 1988 legislative session, Begich worked as a legislative aide for State Representative Dave Donley. At 19, he started working in the Anchorage city health department and later worked as a driver for then-Anchorage Mayor Tony Knowles. Begich was elected to the Anchorage Assembly in 1988, at age 26, and served until 1998, including three years as chairman and two as vice chairman.[5] Begich served for a number of years on the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, including as its chair. In 2001, Governor Tony Knowles appointed Begich to the University of Alaska Board of Regents, but the Legislature did not confirm the appointment.[6] In 2008, he defeated Ted Stevens in the Alaska Senate race. On October 27, 2008, eight days before the general election, Stevens was found guilty by a Washington D.C. federal jury on seven felony counts.[7]

Below is an abbreviated outline of Begich's academic, professional and political career:[8]

  • 1988-1998: Anchorage Assembly
  • 1995-2002: Alaska Student Loan Corporation
  • 1995-2002: Alaska Commission of Post-secondary Education
  • 2001-2002: University of Alaska Board of Regents
  • 2003-2009: Mayor of Anchorage
  • 2009-Present: U.S. Senator from Alaska

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Begich serves on the following Senate committees:[9]

  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
    • Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Department of Homeland
  • Commerce, Science and Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
    • Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
    • Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion
    • Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
  • Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia
    • Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce
    • Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight
  • Committee on Indian Affairs
  • Veterans' Affairs

2011-2012

  • Armed Services
    • Subcommittee on Personnel
    • Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
    • Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
  • Budget
  • Commerce, Science and Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
    • Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion
    • Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
    • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
  • Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight
    • Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security
    • Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia
  • Veterans' Affairs

Key votes

According to an analysis by Congressional Quarterly, in 2013 Begich voted with President Obama 97% of the time.[10] Begich has never received a roll-call vote on an amendment he has offered on the Senate floor.[11][12]

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[13] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8 percent). For more information pertaining to Begich's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[14]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Yea3.png Begich voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[15]

Economy


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

On February 13, 2009, Begich voted to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (commonly referred to as The Stimulus or The Recovery Act).[16]

Farm bill

Yea3.png On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[17] It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that will kick in if or when prices drop; however, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[18] Begich joined with 46 other Democratic senators in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[19][20] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[20] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[21] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Begich voted with the Democratic Party in favor of the bill.[19][20]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[22] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Begich voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[23]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Yea3.png Begich voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[24]

Immigration

Mexico-U.S. border

Nay3.png Begich voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[25]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Yea3.png Begich voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[26]

Background checks on gun sales

Nay3.png On April 17, 2013, the U.S. Senate took a vote on and defeated a measure that would have expanded federal background checks for firearms purchases.[27] The vote was 54-46, with supporters falling six votes short of the required 60-vote threshold.[28] Begich was one of the 4 Democratic Senators who voted against the amendment.[29]

As a result of the vote, Begich was targeted by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group funded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The group is running ads in Alaska, Arkansas and North Dakota, three of the states with Democratic senators who voted against the bill on expanded background checks for gun sales.[30] Begich is a former member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Begich voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[31]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Mark Begich's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Begich is a Centrist. Begich received a score of 43 percent on social issues and 40 percent on economic issues.[32]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[33]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Favors
Expand ObamaCare Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Favors Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[32]

ISIS

Following President Barack Obama's speech on September 10, 2014, about military action against ISIS, Begich said the following. "I just don’t believe the president’s right on funding the rebels. I still don’t come away with a feeling that we know who they are. We may know who they are today, but what are they going to be like six months from now?" He also said that other countries in the region should be the ones to fight the terrorist group on the ground. "They should be the ones putting boots on the ground. They should be the ones putting money on the table to support the weapons and the training and so forth. They are the most at risk.”[34]

Feud with Claire McCaskill

In July 2014 Begich criticized fellow Democrat Claire McCaskill for scrutinizing the Alaska Native Corporations despite his "repeated attempts to reason with her." He also sent a letter to McCaskill saying, "If your principle goal is to initiate a pathway for Congress to act on contracting reform, let's work together to do so for the entire federal government rather than continuing to hone in on a single program that is delivering essential economic benefits as intended." McCaskill responded by saying "I’ve fought for six years to change the law in regard to Alaska Native Corporations. There has consistently been one problem—Mark Begich. He single-handedly protects Alaska and the ANCs."[35]

Healthcare

Obamacare subsidy

Begich supported President Barack Obama's health reform legislation: he voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in December 2009, and he voted for the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.[36][37]

Begich enrolled in the Obamacare health exchange and turned down a contribution from the federal government. He said, "I want to have the exact same experience and go through the same steps as other Alaskans when it comes to signing up for health care, which is why I have decided to refuse any federal subsidy and have signed up on Alaska’s federally run marketplace."[38]

Begich said that he is not waiting for the president to fix the Affordable Care Act's implementation. He said on "Fox and Friends," "I am not waiting for the president’s promise. I want to see results. Today we’re proposing another solution to that, and I think there is a great opportunity to move forward." He went on, "I’m disappointed in how it’s been implemented and rolled out. There was too many people making decisions that weren’t coordinated. There wasn’t a focus on how this would work."[39]

Cap and Trade

In 2008, Begich supported the creation of a national cap-and-trade system for controlling greenhouse gas emissions.[40]

Social Security

In 2012, Begich introduced a bill called the Protecting and Preserving Social Security Act. The bill would have lifted the payroll tax cap, raising taxes on those who earn $110,100 or more per year. It did not pass.[41][42]

Campaign themes

2014

Begich's campaign website lists the following issues:[43]

  • Fiscal Responsibility: "After watching Washington rack up a $16 trillion national debt, I knew we had to focus on fiscal discipline for our country. I have been working across party lines to cut wasteful federal spending—large and small. I supported a balanced budget amendment. And I have refused to take a pay raise every year since I’ve been elected."
  • Economy and Jobs: "My top priority is growing Alaska’s economy by creating good jobs right now for Alaskans and investing in critical infrastructure such as roads, bridges, ports and harbors to help create jobs. I secured more than $1 billion to build and fix Alaska’s infrastructure, to create new jobs and expand our economy."
  • Veterans: "When I was elected to the Senate, I immediately sought and secured a seat on the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. With more than 76,000 veterans in Alaska—the most per capita in the nation—we must focus on the critical need for expanded veteran’s health care, job training and placement, mental health support and housing assistance."
  • Energy: "From day one in the Senate, I have championed efforts to get a comprehensive energy bill which capitalizes on Alaska’s role as America’s energy storehouse. Alaskans know first-hand the many options to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil and create new jobs. We have vast opportunities for increased oil and gas development and renewable energy deployment."
  • Women and Families: "I’ve always been proud that one of my first votes in the Senate was for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. To me, fair pay for women in the workplace isn’t a complicated issue — it all comes down to basic fairness. The Lilly Ledbetter Act was the kind of common sense, bipartisan solution we need more of in Washington."

[44]

—Mark Begich's campaign website, http://www.markbegich.com/priorities/

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Alaska, 2014

Begich is seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2014. He defeated William Bryk in the Democratic primary on August 19, 2014. Begich will face Daniel S. Sullivan (R), Thom Walker (L), Ted Gianoutsos (I) and Sid Hill (I) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[45]

U.S. Senate, Alaska Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Begich Incumbent 96.6% 58,092
William Bryk 3.4% 2,024
Total Votes 60,116
Source: Alaska Secretary of State

The Fiscal Times compiled a list of the seven most vulnerable Senate seats up for election in 2014. The seven included in the list are: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia. Going into the 2014 election, all seven seats are held by Democrats.[46]

According to a July 2013 Politico report, Begich raised nearly $1 million in the second quarter, leaving him with over $2 million cash on hand. He raised $948,000 in the first quarter and a total of roughly $4 million so far this election cycle.[47]

Begich defeated Ted Stevens in 2008 to win the seat. However, the potential loss of jobs at Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks could cause Begich to take a hit in his bid for re-election.[46]

The seat is considered a toss-up in 2014.[46]

In August 2014, Lisa Murkowski, who serves alongside Begich in the U.S. Senate, objected to Begich's use of her image in a campaign advertisement titled "Great Team." Murkowski's law firm sent a cease-and-desist letter, calling the advertisement "factually incorrect." According to Politico, "Begich, running in deep-red Alaska, has sought on several occasions to highlight shared positions with Murkowski. But she is distancing herself."[48][49][50]

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Begich attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Begich is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Begich raised a total of $4,576,337 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[52]

Mark Begich's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2008 US Senate (Alaska) Won $4,576,337
Grand Total Raised $4,576,337


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Begich's reports.[53]

Mark Begich (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[54]April 15, 2013$952,260.37$947,943.67$(382,271.15)$1,517,932.89
July Quarterly[55]July 15, 2013$1,517,932.89$993,064.55$(462,594.51)$2,048,402.93
October Quarterly[56]October 15, 2013$2,048,402.93$813,189.58$(428,646.86)$2,432,945.65
Year-End[57]January 31, 2014$2,432,945$849,363$(473,012)$2,809,296
April Quarterly[58]April 15, 2014$2,809,281$1,045,615$(1,035,974)$2,819,472
July Quarterly[59]July 15, 2014$2,819,472$1,268,202$(1,933,882)$2,153,792
Pre-Primary[60]August 4, 2014$2,153,792$423,046$(515,394)$2,061,443
Running totals
$6,340,423.8$(5,231,774.52)

2013

Top recipients of lobbyist contributions

On a list of Top 10 Recipients of Contributions from Lobbyists in 2013 from OpenSecrets.org, Begich ranked 8th on the list with $54,350 in lobbyist contributions.[61] In 2014, he was ranked as 7th on the list with $182,225 in contributions from lobbyists.[62]

2008

Begich won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Begich's campaign committee raised a total of $5,161,874 and spent $4,911,772.[63]

His top five contributors between 2005-2010 were:


Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Begich's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-385,948 and $3,215,995. That averages to $1,415,023, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2012 of $13,566,333.90. Begich ranked as the 58th most wealthy senator in 2012.[64] Between 2007 and 2012, Begich's calculated net worth[65] decreased by an average of 17 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2014, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[66]

Mark Begich Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2007$9,084,662
2012$1,415,023
Growth from 2007 to 2012:-84%
Average annual growth:-17%[67]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[68]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Begich received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Lawyers/Law Firms industry.

From 2007-2014, 23.16 percent of Begich's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[69]

Mark Begich Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $12,944,085
Total Spent $10,882,639
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$1,147,701
Leadership PACs$658,499
Lobbyists$402,371
Securities & Investment$394,462
Oil & Gas$394,305
% total in top industry8.87%
% total in top two industries13.95%
% total in top five industries23.16%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Begich is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of July 2014. This was the same rating Begich received in June 2013.[70]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[71]

Begich most often votes with:

Begich least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Begich missed 74 of 1,701 roll call votes from January 2009 to July 2014. This amounts to 4.4 percent, which is worse than the median of 2 percent among current senators as of July 2014.[72]

Congressional staff salaries

2011

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Begich paid his congressional staff a total of $2,802,849 in 2011. He ranked 33rd on the list of the lowest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 78th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Alaska ranked 47th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[73]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Begich ranked 48th in the liberal rankings among U.S. senators in 2013.[74]

2012

Begich ranked 41st in the liberal rankings among U.S. senators in 2012.[75]

2011

Begich ranked 42nd in the liberal rankings among U.S. senators in 2011.[76]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Begich voted with the Democratic Party 87.1 percent of the time, which ranked 45th among the 53 Senate Democratic members as of July 2014.[77]

2013

Begich voted with the Democratic Party 82.5 percent of the time, which ranked 45th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[78]

Personal

Begich and his wife, Deborah Bonito, a former chair of the Alaska Democratic Party, have one child.

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  66. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  67. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  68. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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Ted Stevens
U.S. Senate - Alaska
2009-Present
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