Pete Higgins

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Pete Higgins
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Alaska House of Representatives, District 5
Former member
In office
January 28, 2013 - 2015
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionBusiness owner
Pete Higgins is a former Republican member of the Alaska House of Representatives, representing District 5 from 2013 to 2015.


Higgins attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks, earned his Certificate as an Airplane Mechanic for the Hutchinson Career Development Center, and earned his DDS from Creighton in 1999.

Higgins' professional experience includes working as an employee of Markair, Friendship Air, Alaska Pipeline and Air North and as a dentist/business owner. Higgins served in the Alaska Air National Guard.

Committee assignments


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

Alaska Committee Assignments, 2013
Health & Social Services, Chair
Economic Development, Trade & Tourism
Military & Veterans' Affairs


Campaign themes


Higgins's campaign website listed the following issues:

  • Alaska’s Natural Resources
Excerpt: "Responsible resource development is Alaska’s future. Whether it is oil, gas, fishing, tourism or mining, I support the industries that support Alaska. We all want a pipeline and we need living wage jobs in Fairbanks and other parts of our State. Let's get to work developing the industries that will bring these jobs to the Interior."
  • Economic Growth
Excerpt: "Development of our primary resources will spur economic growth and strengthen our economy. In addition, value added resource development will provide long-term Alaskan jobs. The availability of low cost energy will provide a climate that is necessary for new industry development."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "Alaska needs to develop low cost sustainable energy and Fairbanks needs to benefit from it. I pay electric bills for three offices and my home. Do I have an interest in developing low cost energy? I certainly do. "
  • Experience
Excerpt: "Many people have asked, “Why would a Dentist want to run for government office?” My answer is clear; I am concerned and motivated to the point of action! Much has been said this election cycle about Private Sector individuals serving in elected positions in Juneau."
  • Family
Excerpt: "My wife Christine and I have three sons and two daughters, and I have one daughter from a previous marriage. I love all of my children and my role as their father is the most sacred stewardship that I have. The family is the foundational unit of our society; therefore I support legislation that protects the family unit. Liberal agendas are continuously eroding families and infringing on the rights of parents."



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. Elizabeth C. Clark was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Pete B. Higgins was unopposed in the Republican primary. Adam Wool (D) defeated Higgins in the general election. Clark withdrew from the race on August 20, 2014.[1][2][3][4][5]

Alaska House of Representatives, District 5, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Wool 52.7% 3,379
     Republican Pete B. Higgins 47.3% 3,037
Total Votes 6,416


See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2012

Higgins won election in the 2012 election for Alaska House of Representatives District 5. He defeated Aaron Lojewski in the August 28, 2012 Republican primary and defeated David Watts (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

Alaska House of Representatives, District 5, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPete Higgins 53.7% 3,950
     Democratic David Watts 46.3% 3,410
Total Votes 7,360
Alaska House of Representatives, District 5 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPete Higgins 52% 1,423
Aaron Lojewski 48% 1,315
Total Votes 2,738


See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2010

Higgins was unopposed in the August 24 primary. He was defeated by incumbent Democrat Joe Thomas in the November 2 general election.[9]

Alaska State Senate, District D General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Thomas (D) 9,723
Pete Higgins (R) 7,245

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Higgins is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Higgins raised a total of $112,735 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 1, 2013.[10]

Pete Higgins's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Alaska State House, District 5 Won $26,522
2010 Alaska State Senate, District D Defeated $86,213
Grand Total Raised $112,735


Higgins won election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Higgins raised a total of $26,522.


Higgins lost the election for the Alaska State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Higgins raised a total of $86,213.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Alaska

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

Legislators are scored on "how supportive they are of Alaska’s private business sector."[11]


Higgins is married and has five children.[12]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alaska House of Representatives District 5
Succeeded by
Adam Wool (D)