Mark Begich

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Mark Begich
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U.S. Senate, Alaska
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 6
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next general November 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, City of Anchorage
Date of birthMarch 30, 1962
Place of birthAnchorage, AK
Office website
Mark Begich (b. March 30, 1962) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Alaska. Begich was first elected to the Senate in 2008.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Begich is a "moderate Democratic follower".[1]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Begich's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 1988-1998: Anchorage Assembly
  • 1995-2002: Alaska Student Loan Corporation
  • 1995-2002: Alaska Commission of Post-secondary Education
  • 2001-2002: University of Alaska Board of Regents
  • 2003-2009: mayor of Anchorage
  • 2009-Present: U.S. Senator from Alaska

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Begich serves on the following Senate committees[3]:


  • Armed Services
    • Subcommittee on Personnel
    • Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
    • Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
  • Budget
  • Commerce, Science and Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
    • Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion
    • Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
    • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
  • Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight
    • Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security
    • Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia
  • Veterans' Affairs


Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Begich voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[4]



The Fiscal Times compiled a list of the seven most vulnerable Senate seats up for election in 2014. The seven included in the list are: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia. Going into the 2014 election, all seven seats are held by Democrats.[5]

Begich defeated Ted Stevens in 2008 to win the seat. However, the potential loss of jobs at Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks could cause Begich to take a hit in his bid for re-election.[5]

Polling indicates that Gov. Sean Parnell (R) could be Begich’s strongest opponent, but Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) is the likeliest opponent. The seat is considered a toss-up.[5]


On November 4, 2008, Begich won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Ted Stevens in the general election.[6]

U.S. Senate, Alaska General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Begich Incumbent 50.7% 151,767
     Republican Ted Stevens 49.3% 147,814
Total Votes 299,581

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Begich's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Begich won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Begich's campaign committee raised a total of $5,161,874 and spent $4,911,772.[7]

His top 5 contributors between 2005-2010 were:


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Begich paid his congressional staff a total of $2,802,849 in 2011. He ranks 33rd on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 78th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Alaska ranks 47th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[8]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Begich's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$409,951 and $3,162,995. That averages to $1,376,522, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. His average net worth decreased by 39.41% from 2010.[9]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Begich's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $96,052 and $4,447,995. That averages to $2,272,023, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524 .[10]

National Journal vote ratings


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Begich ranked 42nd in the liberal rankings among U.S. Senators.[11]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Begich votes with the Democratic Party 86.0% of the time. This ranks 47th among the 51 Senate Democrats in 2011.[12]

Recent news

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Begich and his wife, Deborah Bonito, have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ted Stevens
U.S. Senate - Alaska
Succeeded by