Mia Costello

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Mia Costello
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Current candidacy
Running for Alaska State Senate
District K
Date of primaryAugust 19, 2014
Current office
Alaska House of Representatives District 20
In office
January 24, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 26, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$50,400/year
Per diem$234/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHarvard University, 1990
Master'sUniversity of Alaska Southeast, 1997
Place of birthAnchorage, AK
Office website
Campaign website
Mia Costello is a Republican member of the Alaska House of Representatives, representing District 20. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Costello is a 2014 Republican candidate for District K of the Alaska State Senate.


Costello earned her degree in Government from Harvard University and earned her Teaching Certificate/MA in Teaching from the University of Alaska Southeast. Costello's professional experience includes working as: owner of a public relations consulting business, Deputy Director of Communications for the Office of Governor Murkowski of the State of Alaska, public information officer for the Media Support Center of the Office of Governor Walter Hickel of the State of Alaska, teacher at Service High School and Juneau-Douglas High School, account executive for Bradley/Reid Communications, aide to Representative Norm Rokeberg of the Alaska House and as an instructor for Nine Star Education and Employment Services.

Committee assignments


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

Alaska Committee Assignments, 2013


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Costello served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Costello's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • A strong, diverse Alaska economy that is open for business.
Excerpt: "Mia has worked hard to promote tourism and support industries and to encourage the development of our natural resources such as oil & gas, mining, timber and fishing."
  • A long-term energy plan.
Excerpt: "We should encourage exploration at a time when our oil revenues are declining so that our North Slope oil keeps working for Alaska. Mia has worked to bring our natural gas to markets and encourage viable clean energy projects."
  • Government accountability.
Excerpt: "Mia will work on a long-term fiscal plan and she will keep government small. She believes in saving for a rainy day."
  • Education for all students.
Excerpt: "Mia is an award-winning high school government teacher and has worked with disadvantaged youths who are behind in reading and writing. Mia will base education policy on “best practices” – what has been shown to garner results in our classrooms."
  • Supporting our Military.
Excerpt: "Mia’s father served in World War II and she believes in supporting military members and their families."



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See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2012

Costello ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Alaska House of Representatives District 20. She defeated Tamara Von Gemmingen in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3] Costello won re-election in the general election.[4]

Alaska House of Representatives, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMia Costello Incumbent 70.6% 5,134
     Democratic Michelle Scannell 29.1% 2,117
     Write-in Write-in 0.3% 23
Total Votes 7,274
Alaska House of Representatives, District 20 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMia Costello Incumbent 80.6% 1,820
Tamara Von Gemmingen 19.4% 437
Total Votes 2,257


See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2010

Costello was unopposed in the August 24 primary.[5] She defeated incumbent Democrat Bob Buch in the November 2 general election.[6]

Alaska House of Representatives District 27 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mia Costello (R) 3,696
Bob Buch (D) 2,873

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Costello is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Costello raised a total of $162,088 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 2, 2013.[7]

Mia Costello's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Alaska State House, District 20 Won $72,280
2010 Alaska State House, District 27 Won $89,808
Grand Total Raised $162,088


Costello won re-election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Costello raised a total of $72,280.
Alaska House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mia Costello's campaign in 2012
Alaska Teamsters$2,000
Alaska Laborers Local 341$2,000
Anchorage Republican Womens Club$1,250
Alaska Dental Society$1,250
Total Raised in 2012$72,280
Source:Follow the Money


Costello won election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Costello raised a total of $89,808.


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


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.[8]


Costello and her husband, Andrew Billings, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alaska House of Representatives District 20
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Bob Buch (D)
Alaska House of Representatives District 27
Succeeded by
Mike Hawker (R)