Bill Thomas (Alaska)

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Bill Thomas
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Alaska House of Representatives District 5
Former member
In office
Base salary$50,400 per year
Per diemTied to federal rate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2004
Term limitsN/A
Date of birthJune 1, 1947
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Bill Thomas (b. June 1, 1947) is a former Republican member of the Alaska House of Representatives, representing the 5th District from 2005 to 2013.[1]

Thomas has worked as a fisherman since 1969, and previously was a lobbyist with Koukanan Incorporated from 1989-2004, and Vice President from 1977-1985.

Thomas is an honorary lifetime member of the American Legion, council member of the Chilkoot Indian Associations, lifetime member of United Fisherman of Alaska, and is on the Board of Directors of the Southeast Alaska Fisherman's Alliance.[2]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Thomas served on these committees:[3]

  • Subcommittee on Court System
  • Subcommittee on Fish and Game, Chair
  • Subcommittee on Governor, Chair
  • Subcommittee on Legislature, Chair
  • Subcommittee on University of Alaska


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

  • Subcommittee on Administration (Chair)
  • Subcommittee on Fish and Game (Chair)


  • HB 58 - "An Act relating to a student loan repayment program for specified occupations or fields in which a shortage of qualified employees exists."
  • 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."
  • 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."[4]



See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2012

Thomas ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Alaska House of Representatives District 34. He ran unopposed in the August 28, 2012, Republican primary. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6] Thomas was defeated in the general election.[7]

Alaska House of Representatives, District 34, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJonathan Kreiss-Tomkins 50.1% 4,125
     Republican William A. Thomas Incumbent 49.7% 4,091
     Write-in Write-in 0.2% 16
Total Votes 8,232


See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2010

Thomas won re-election to the 5th District Seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the August 24 primary.[8] He defeated Robert Beedle in the November 2 general election.[9]

Alaska House of Representatives District 5 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Thomas (R) 3,441 62.06%
Robert Beedle (D) 2,082 37.55%


In 2008 Bill Thomas was re-elected to the Alaska House of Representatives District 5. Thomas (R) finished with 4,073 votes while his opponent Tim June (D) finished with 2,545 votes.[10] Thomas raised $53,801 for his campaign fund.[11]

Alaska House of Representatives District 5
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Thomas (R) 4,073
Tim June (D) 2,545

Campaign donors


In 2010, Thomas raised $36,972 in contributions. [12]

His largest contributor was Associated General Contractors of Alaska, which donated $1,500 to his campaign.


In 2008 Thomas raised $53,801 for his campaign fund. Five of his top contributors are listed below.[13]

Contributor 2008 total
Alaska Doctors of Optometry $2,000
Associated General Contractors of Alaska $2,000
Southeast Alaska Seiners $1,500
Mark E Pfeffer $1,000
Gerald E Neeser $1,000


Thomas and his wife Joyce Marie have five children.

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Preceded by
Alaska House of Representatives District 5
Succeeded by
Pete Higgins (R)