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}}{{tnr}}'''Les Gara'''  (b. February 6, 1963) is a [[Democratic Party (United States)|Democratic]] member of the [[Alaska House of Representatives]], representing District 18 since  2003.
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}}{{tnr}}'''Les Gara'''  (b. February 6, 1963) is a [[Democratic Party (United States)|Democratic]] member of the [[Alaska House of Representatives]], representing District 18. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.
  
Gara is a freelance writer and owner of LG Writing and Research.  He has previously worked as a Law Partner with Friedman, Rubin and White, and an attorney in private and public practice.
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==Biography==
 
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Gara's professional experience includes working as a freelance writer and owner of LG Writing and Research, a Law Partner with Friedman, Rubin and White, and an attorney in private and public practice.
Gara is a life member of the Alaska Flyfishers Association, and volunteers with the Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association, Amnesty International, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Brother Francis Shelter, and Camp Fire.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=27211 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Johansen]</ref>
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==Committee assignments==
 
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==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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===Sponsored legislation===
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*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."
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*HB 148 -"An Act relating to a state energy use reduction plan and energy efficiency improvement contracts and to energy audits of public buildings conducted by the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities;
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*HB 237 - "An Act prohibiting certain per diem payments and delaying the payment of salaries to legislators based on the failure to adopt an education operating budget before March 1 of each fiscal year."<ref>[http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_spon_sum.asp?fnmember=Gara&mbrcode=GAR&house=H&session=26 Alaska Legislature - Bills Sponsored/Co-Sponsored by Rep. Gara]</ref>
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===Political courgage tests===
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====2008====
 
Gara's answers to the Alaska State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available.  The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.  When asked his legislative priorities he replied:
 
Gara's answers to the Alaska State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available.  The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.  When asked his legislative priorities he replied:
 
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I'll keep fighting for a stronger minimum wage; better renewable energy funding; good pensions for government workers; and universal access to quality medical care. I will also keep working to protect our access rights to Alaska's public lands, and our ability to enjoy Alaska's fishing, hunting and recreational areas."<Ref>[http://votesmart.org/npat.php?can_id=27211 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Gara ''Issue Positions'']</ref> </blockquote>
 
I'll keep fighting for a stronger minimum wage; better renewable energy funding; good pensions for government workers; and universal access to quality medical care. I will also keep working to protect our access rights to Alaska's public lands, and our ability to enjoy Alaska's fishing, hunting and recreational areas."<Ref>[http://votesmart.org/npat.php?can_id=27211 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Gara ''Issue Positions'']</ref> </blockquote>
 
===Sponsored legislation===
 
*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 148 -"An Act relating to a state energy use reduction plan and energy efficiency improvement contracts and to energy audits of public buildings conducted by the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities;
 
*HB 237 - "An Act prohibiting certain per diem payments and delaying the payment of salaries to legislators based on the failure to adopt an education operating budget before March 1 of each fiscal year."<ref>[http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_spon_sum.asp?fnmember=Gara&mbrcode=GAR&house=H&session=26 Alaska Legislature - Bills Sponsored/Co-Sponsored by Rep. Gara]</ref>
 
  
 
==Elections==
 
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===2010===
 
===2010===
 
 
:: ''See also: [[Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2010]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2010]]''
  
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===2008===
 
===2008===
 
 
In 2008 Gara was re-elected to the Alaska House of Representatives District 23. Gara (D) ran unopposed and finished with 4,952 votes.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_election_results.phtml?s=AK&y=2008 Alaska House of Representatives official election results]</ref> Gara raised $79,509 for his campaign fund.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110003 Campaign funds]</ref>
 
In 2008 Gara was re-elected to the Alaska House of Representatives District 23. Gara (D) ran unopposed and finished with 4,952 votes.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_election_results.phtml?s=AK&y=2008 Alaska House of Representatives official election results]</ref> Gara raised $79,509 for his campaign fund.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110003 Campaign funds]</ref>
  
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==Campaign donors==
 
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
 
 
In 2010, Gara raised $33,020 in contributions. <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=AK&y=2010&f=H&so=O#sorttable 2010 contributions]</ref>   
 
In 2010, Gara raised $33,020 in contributions. <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=AK&y=2010&f=H&so=O#sorttable 2010 contributions]</ref>   
  
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==Personal==
 
==Personal==
 
Gara has a wife, Kelly.
 
Gara has a wife, Kelly.
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Gara is a life member of the Alaska Flyfishers Association, and volunteers with the Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association, Amnesty International, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Brother Francis Shelter, and Camp Fire.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=27211 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Johansen]</ref>
  
 
==Recent news==
 
==Recent news==
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*[http://house.legis.state.ak.us/rep.php?id=gar Alaska State Legislature - Representative Les Gara]
 
*[http://house.legis.state.ak.us/rep.php?id=gar Alaska State Legislature - Representative Les Gara]
*[http://www1.vote-smart.org/summary.php?can_id=27211 Project Vote Smart legislative profile]
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*[http://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/27211/les-gara#.UdHOz5z9XlQ Project Vote Smart biography]
*[http://www1.vote-smart.org/bio.php?can_id=27211 Project Vote Smart biography]
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*Campaign contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=128105 2010], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110003 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=74373 2004], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=13901 2002]  
 
*Campaign contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=128105 2010], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110003 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=74373 2004], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=13901 2002]  
 
*[http://akdemocrats.org/index.php?con_id=5 Alaska's Democratic Caucus - Les Gara] profile
 
*[http://akdemocrats.org/index.php?con_id=5 Alaska's Democratic Caucus - Les Gara] profile

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Les Gara
Les Gara.jpg
Alaska House of Representatives District 18
Incumbent
In office
2003-Present
Term ends
January 26, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$50,400/year
Per diem$238 or $253/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sBoston University, 1985
J.D.Harvard Law School, 1988
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 6, 1963
Place of birthNew York City, NY
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Les Gara (b. February 6, 1963) is a Democratic member of the Alaska House of Representatives, representing District 18. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Biography

Gara's professional experience includes working as a freelance writer and owner of LG Writing and Research, a Law Partner with Friedman, Rubin and White, and an attorney in private and public practice.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Alaska Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

  • 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 148 -"An Act relating to a state energy use reduction plan and energy efficiency improvement contracts and to energy audits of public buildings conducted by the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities;
  • HB 237 - "An Act prohibiting certain per diem payments and delaying the payment of salaries to legislators based on the failure to adopt an education operating budget before March 1 of each fiscal year."[1]

Political courgage tests

2008

Gara's answers to the Alaska State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. When asked his legislative priorities he replied:

"I will keep working form expanded pre-k education, because the studies show that it results in higher graduation rates, lower crime rates, and greater success for students. I will keep supporting increased university and job training financial aid so that income isn't a factor in whether someone can reach for success.

I'll keep fighting for a stronger minimum wage; better renewable energy funding; good pensions for government workers; and universal access to quality medical care. I will also keep working to protect our access rights to Alaska's public lands, and our ability to enjoy Alaska's fishing, hunting and recreational areas."[2]

Elections

2012

See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2012

Gara ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Alaska House of Representatives District 18. He ran unopposed in the August 28, 2012, Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4] Gara won in the general election.[5]

Alaska House of Representatives, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLes S. Gara Incumbent 72.2% 4,356
     Republican Cris A. Eichenlaub 27.4% 1,654
     Write-in Write-in 0.4% 27
Total Votes 6,037

2010

See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2010

Gara won re-election to the 23rd District Seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the primary or the general election.[6][7]

2008

In 2008 Gara was re-elected to the Alaska House of Representatives District 23. Gara (D) ran unopposed and finished with 4,952 votes.[8] Gara raised $79,509 for his campaign fund.[9]

Alaska House of Representatives District 23
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Les Gara (D) 4,952

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

In 2010, Gara raised $33,020 in contributions. [10]

His five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Alaska State Employees Association Local 52 $2,000
Alaska Public Employees Association $2,000
Operating Engineers Local 302 $2,000
Nea-Alaska $1,500
Alaska Laborers Local 341 $1,500

2008

In 2008 Gara raised $79,509 for his campaign fund. Five of his top contributors are listed below.[11]

Contributor 2008 total
Carpenters Local 1281 $2,000
AK State Employees Assoc Local 52 $2,000
Public Safety Employees Assoc $1,500
Operating Engineers Local 302 $1,500
AK Public Employees Assoc $1,500

Personal

Gara has a wife, Kelly.

Gara is a life member of the Alaska Flyfishers Association, and volunteers with the Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association, Amnesty International, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Brother Francis Shelter, and Camp Fire.[12]

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Preceded by
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Alaska House of Representatives District 18
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Alaska House of Representatives District 23
2003–2013
Succeeded by
Bob Lynn (R)