Beth Kerttula

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Beth Kerttula
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Alaska House of Representatives District 32
In office
Term ends
January 26, 2015
Years in position 16
State House Minority Leader
Base salary$50,400/year
Per diem$238 or $253/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Date of birthJanuary 8, 1956
Office website
Elizabeth J. 'Beth' Kerttula (b. January 8, 1956) is a Democratic member of the Alaska House of Representatives, representing District 32 since 1999. She has served as the House Minority Leader since 2006.

Kerttula has worked as an Attorney with the Kerttula Law Office from 1998-2004, Assistant Attorney General, Commercial, Natural Resources, Oil, Gas, and Mining Section - Attorney General's Office from 1990-1998, and an Attorney with Kay, Saville, Coffey, Hopwood and Schmidt in 1988.

Kerttula is a member of the Juneau Nordic Ski Club, Alaska Native Sisterhood - Camp 2, and Alaska Legal Services Pro Bono Program.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Alaska Committee Assignments, 2013
Committee on Committees


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kerttula served on these committees:

  • Finance Subcommittees:
  • Subcommittee on Governor
  • Subcommittee on Legislature
  • Subcommittee on Natural Resources


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


  • HB 45 - "An Act relating to certain investments of the Alaska permanent fund, the state's retirement systems, the State of Alaska Supplemental Annuity Plan, and the deferred compensation program for state employees in companies that do business in Sudan, and restricting those investments."
  • HB 56 - "An Act relating to forgiveness of portions of education loans for certain borrowers who are residents of the state."
  • HB 96 - "An Act relating to forgiveness of interest on certain state loans secured by a lien placed on potential receipts from litigation involving claims for injury, loss, or destruction of the natural resources affected by the March 24, 1989, Exxon Valdez oil spill; and providing for an effective date."[2]



See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2012

Kerttula ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Alaska House of Representatives District 32. She ran unopposed in the August 28, 2012, Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4] Kerttula won re-election in the general election.[5]

Alaska House of Representatives, District 32, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBeth Kerttula Incumbent 95.7% 7,112
     Write-in Write-in 4.3% 319
Total Votes 7,431


See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2010

Kerttula won re-election to the 3rd District Seat in 2010. She had no opposition.


In 2008 Kerttula was re-elected to the Alaska House of Representatives District 3. Kerttula (D) ran unopposed and finished with 6,883 votes.[6] She raised $45,866 for her campaign fund.[7]

Alaska House of Representatives District 3
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Beth Kerttula (D) 6,883

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Kerttula raised $22,380 in contributions. [8]

Her three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Alaska State Employees Association Local 52 $2,000
Alaska Public Employees Association $2,000
Nea-Alaska $1,500


In 2008 Kerttula raised $45,866 for her campaign fund. Five of her top contributors are listed below.[9]

Contributor 2008 total
AK State Employees Assoc Local 52 $2,000
Public Safety Employees Association $1,500
Operating Engineers Local 302 $1,000
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $1,000
Carpenters & Joiners Local 1281 $1,000


Kerttula is married to Jim Powell.

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Preceded by
Alaska House of Representatives District 32
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Alaska House of Representatives District 3
Succeeded by
Steve M. Thompson (R)