Wes Keller

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Wes Keller
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Alaska House of Representatives District 7
Incumbent
In office
2007-Present
Term ends
January 26, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$50,400/year
Per diem$234/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Appointed2007
Appointed byGovernor Sarah Palin
Term limitsN/A Next election = November 4, 2014
Personal
BirthdayApril 24, 1946
ProfessionLegislator
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
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Wes Keller (b. April 24, 1946) is a Republican member of the Alaska House of Representatives, representing District 7. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2007.

Biography

Keller's professional experience includes serving as Chief of Staff for Senator Fred Dyson from 1999-2007, and working as a residential building contractor, oilfield worker and director of the Alaska Teamster Training Center.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Alaska Committee Assignments, 2013
Health & Social Services, Vice-chair
Judiciary, Chair
Rules
State Affairs, Vice-chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Keller served on these committees:[1]

2009-2010

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

Issues

  • HB 197 - "An Act establishing minimum standards for open enrollment virtual charter schools; and relating to student count estimates and facilities constituting a school."
  • HB 226 - "Renaming Seldon Road and that portion of Bogard Road that extends between Palmer and Meadow Lakes as Veterans' Way."
  • HB 232 - "An Act relating to commercial motor vehicles and exempting certain vehicles from certain requirements related to commercial motor vehicles."
  • HB 259 - "An Act relating to citizenship requirements and an alcohol impairment and drug testing program for applicants for and recipients of adult public assistance."
  • HB 260 - "An Act relating to preventive care services for medical assistance recipients; and providing for an effective date."[2]

Policy positions

Debt negotiations

Keller is one of the members of a bipartisan group organized by the National Conference of Legislatures called the Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction (TFFDR). Consisting of 23 state lawmakers from 17 states,[3] the group went to Capitol Hill on September 21, 2011 to urge the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to cut the nation's debt but not impose severe budget cuts on the states.

TFFDR urged the Committee to consider new revenue as a possibility, instead of just focusing on budget cuts as House Speaker John Boehner has proposed. The group specifically proposed passage of the "Main Street Fairness Act," which would allow states to tax online retailers.[4]

Elections

2014

See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alaska House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 19, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Neal T. Lacy was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while District 7 incumbent Wes Keller was unopposed in the Republican primary. Lacy will face Keller in the general election.[5][6]

2012

See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2012

Keller ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Alaska House of Representatives District 7. He defeated Roger Purcell in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8] Keller won re-election in the general election.[9]

Alaska House of Representatives, District 7, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWes Keller Incumbent 95.4% 5,517
     Write in Write-in 4.6% 265
Total Votes 5,782
Alaska House of Representatives, District 7 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWes Keller Incumbent 68.2% 1,468
Roger Purcell 31.8% 686
Total Votes 2,154

2010

See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2010

Keller won re-election to the 14th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the primary or the general election.[10][11]

2008

See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2008

In 2008, Keller was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives District 14. Keller (R) finished with 7,127 votes while his opponent Rose Smith (D) finished with 2,002.[12] Keller raised $18,876 for his campaign fund.[13]

Alaska House of Representatives District 14
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Wes Keller (R) 7,127
Rose Smith (D) 2,002

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Keller is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Keller raised a total of $60,713 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 1, 2013.[14]

Wes Keller's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Alaska State House, District 7 Won $27,163
2010 Alaska State House, District 14 Won $14,674
2008 Alaska State House, District 14 Won $18,876
Grand Total Raised $60,713

2012

Keller won re-election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Keller raised a total of $27,163.
Alaska House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Wes Keller's campaign in 2012
Associated General Contractors of Alaska$1,250
Alaska Association of Realtors$1,000
Snyder, David$1,000
Roderer, Grant$1,000
Mat-Su Republican Womens Club$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$27,163
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Keller won re-election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Keller raised a total of $14,674.

2008

Keller won election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Keller raised a total of $18,876.

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2014

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

2012

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.[15]

Personal

Keller and his wife Gayle have three children.

Keller is a member of the Education Technology Partnership.[16] Keller is a member of Drop Out Prevention Task Force with NCSL (National Conference State Legislators) and is on the Education Task Force with ALEC (America Legislative Exchange Council).

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Alaska House of Representatives District 7
2013–present
Succeeded by
N/A
Preceded by
Vic Khoring
Alaska House of Representatives District 14
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Max Gruenberg (D)