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Richard Foster
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Alaska House of Representatives District 39
Former member
In office
1989 - 2009
Majority Whip, Alaska House of Representatives
1991 - 2009
Richard Foster was a Democratic member of the Alaska House of Representatives, representing the 39th District from 1989 until his death in 2009. He was the Majority Whip from 1991 to 2009.

Foster died of a heart attack on October 13, 2009. He had been in and out of the hospital for various problems, and at the time of his death he was undergoing dialysis for kidney problems.[1] He was succeeded by his son, Neal Foster.


Foster served as a Captain in the United States Army in Vietnam.

Foster was involved with a number of organizations, including the Bering Straits Native Corporation Board, Federal Selective Service Board, Lions Club, Nome Community Center Board, Nome Eskimo Community Board, Rotary Club and the Sitnasuak Native Corporation Board.[2]

Committee assignments


  • HB 33 - "An Act relating to compulsory school attendance; and providing for an effective date."
  • HB 50 - "An Act relating to limitations on mandatory overtime for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses in health care facilities; and providing for an effective date."
  • HB 209 - "An Act providing for a surcharge on oil produced in the state and delivered to a state that imposes a tax on fuel delivered to this state."[3]

Campaign donors

Below are Foster's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[4]

Contributor 2008 total
Associated General Contractors of Alaska $1,000
Alaska Assoc of Realtors $1,000
Alaska Cabaret Hotel Restaurant & Retailers Assoc $500
Alaska Power Assoc $500
Tesoro Corp $500

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alaska House of Representatives District 39
Succeeded by
Neal Foster