Catherine A. Giessel
|Catherine A. Giessel|
|Alaska State Senate District N|
|January 24, 2011-Present|
|January 26, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Per diem||$238 or $253/day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Michigan|
|Master's||University of Alaska-Anchorage|
Giessel served as a Committee Member/Chair/Vice Chair for the Alaska Republican Party from 1997 to 2008.
Giessel earned her BS in Nursing from the University of Michigan. She went on to receive her MA in Nursing Science from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She works as a nurse and owner of a healthcare consulting business.
Giessel's campaign website lists the following issues:
- Excerpt: "Our energy resources, including traditional hydrocarbon sources (like oil, gas and coal) and innovative sources (like geothermal, wind, solar, and tidal) should be developed for the maximum benefit of Alaskans. I applaud the private entrepreneurs and Native Corporations who are investing in hydroelectric and coal gassification projects."
- Excerpt: "Currently our State addresses economic planning just one year at a time. That horizon is too short to adequately address long-term constitutional mandates such as education and healthcare obligations. For budgeting and resource development we need to extend our planning vision. The Legislature also needs to take a hard look at what services are within the State's role and what are best provided by the private sector."
- Resource Development
- Excerpt: "Alaska has not had unemployment rates as high as the 9.8% seen nationally... yet. But at 7.6% unemployment, Alaskans should be concerned. Resource development jobs are a critical part of our economy and job creation. North Dakota, which has very business-friendly policies, has unemployment about 3%."
- Excerpt: "I am a cosponsor of SB 106 "K-12 Scholarship Program", which would allow State funding for each child's education to be managed by that child and his parents. This would permit families to choose the education format that best meets that child's educational needs. The House version of the bill is HB 145."
- Excerpt: "Wise consumers use insurance to help offset risks that they could not afford to bear on their own. No one can afford to be insured for every possible risk in life, but we should be free to buy whatever type of insurance we determine that we need. Rules that force us to buy insurance plans that are bloated with government mandates are unfair and costly. In fact, requirements that we purchase health insurance are also unfair."
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Giessel served on the following committees:
|Alaska Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Community & Regional Affairs, Vice-chair|
|• Resources, Chair|
|• State Affairs, Vice-chair|
|• Administrative Regulation Review, Vice-chair|
|• Legislative Budget and Audit|
|• Legislative Ethics|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Giessel served on these committees:
|Alaska Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Labor & Commerce|
|• State Affairs|
- See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2012
Giessel won re-election in the 2012 election for Alaska State Senate District 14 (N). She defeated Joe Arness in the August 28, 2012 Republican primary and defeated Ron Devon (I) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Alaska State Senate, District 14 (N), General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Catherine Giessel Incumbent||59.1%||10,405|
|Alaska State Senate, District 14 (N) Republican Primary, 2012|
|Catherine Giessel Incumbent||67.9%||3,964|
- See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2010
Giessel defeated Jennifer B. Johnston and Mark W. Moronell in the August 24 primary. She then defeated Democrat Janet L. Reiser and Independent Philip Dziubinski in the November 2 general election.
|Alaska State Senate, District P General Election (2010)|
|Catherine A. Giessel (P)||9,255|
|Janet L. Reiser (D)||7,042|
|Philip Dziubinski (I)||2,072|
|Alaska State Senate, District P Republican Primary (2010)|
|Catherine A. Giessel (R)||4,315|
|Mark W. Moronell (R)||2,147|
|Jennifer B. Johnston (R)||1,976|
- Excerpt: "Our energy resources, including traditional sources (like oil, gas and coal) and innovative sources (like geothermal, wind, solar, and tidal) should be developed for the maximum benefit of Alaskans."
- Excerpt: "Currently our State addresses economic planning just two years at a time. That horizon is probably too short to adequately address long-term constitutional mandates such as education and retirement obligations. For budgeting and resource development we need to extend our planning vision."
- Resource Development
- Excerpt: "Resource exploration and development that protects the interests of the citizens of Alaska, through continued reasonable, common sense regulation under our existing laws."
- Excerpt: "All options must continue to be available to parents, including traditional public schools, optional school programs, private schools and home school. Home school in Alaska must continue to be parent-driven."
- Excerpt: "Rules that force us to buy insurance plans that are bloated with government mandates are unfair and costly. In fact, requirements that we purchase health insurance are also unfair."
- Constitutional Rights
- Excerpt: "I support strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution and Alaska Constitution"
- Alaska State Budget
- Excerpt: "We must control our state spending... I support reducing our spending to match our income AND correcting the factors that are curtailing development of our vast resources and our under-developed private sector!"
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Giessel raised $148,603 in contributions. 
Her four largest contributors were:
|Giessel, Catherine A (Cathy)||$18,125|
|Anchorage Republican Womens Club||$7,000|
|Capital City Republican Women||$4,000|
Giessel and her husband Richard have three children.
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- Catherine Giessel's campaign website
- Senate website
- Project Vote Smart Biography
- Project Vote Legislative profile
- Campaign contributions 2010
- Cathy Giessel on Facebook
- ↑ Campaign website, Policy positions
- ↑ Alaska Division of Elections - August 28, 2012 Primary Candidate List
- ↑ Alaska Division of Elections, Official 2012 Primary Results
- ↑ Alaska Election Division "Election Results 2012" Accessed November 16, 2012
- ↑ Primary results
- ↑ General election results
- ↑ Catherine Giessel's campaign website, Issues
- ↑ 2010 contributions
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