20th-25th Legislature (1997 -2008)

SENATE
GARY WILKEN





Senator Gary Wilken
District: O
Party: Republican

Legislative Service
1997-2008 Senator

Date/Place of Birth:
January 24, 1946 Tacoma, Washington

Residency in Alaska:
Fairbanks: 1951 - 1970, 1975 - present

Spouse:
Wife - Susan

Children:
Children - Matthew, Allison, Karen, Bob Grandchildren - Evan, Mason, Charlotte

Occupation:
Small Business Owner - retired

Education:
Lathrop High School: Oregon State University: - B.S. Business and Technology: 1964 - 1968 - M.B.A. in Business: 1970

Alaska State Senate:
1997 - present Co-Chair, Armed Services Joint Committee: 2001 - present Co-Chair, Finance Committee: 2003 - present Chair, Long Term Care Task Force: 1999 - 2000 Co-Chair, Long Term Care Task Force: 1997 - 1998 Vice-Chair, Resources Committee: 2001 - 2002 Legislative Budget & Audit Joint Committee: 1999 - present Health, Education & Social Services Committee: 1997 - present Finance Committee: 1999 - present Transportation Committee: 1997 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 Joint Armed Services Committee: 1999 - present Military Bases Joint Committee: 1999 - 2000 State Affairs Committee: 1999 - 2000 Administration Regulation Review Committee: 1997 - 1998 Deferred Maintenance Review Committee: 1997 - 1998 Finance Subcommittees: - Chair, Community & Economic Development: 2003 - present - Chair, Transportation & Public Facilities: 2003 - present - Chair, Education & Early Development: 1999 - present - Chair, Court System: 1999 - 2002 - Chair, Law: 2001 - 2002 - Chair, Administration: 1999 - 2000 - Governor: 2003 - present - Legislature: 2003 - present - University of Alaska: 1997 - present - Military and Veterans Affairs: 2001 - 2002 - Capital Budget: 1999 - 2002 - Education: 1997 - 1998 - Natural Resources: 1997 - 1998 - Revenue: 1997 - 1998 Fairbanks/Interior Delegation: 1997 - present

Other Political and Government Positions:
Fairbanks Public Utility Board: 1983 - 1995 US Air Force Civilian Advisory Board: 1994 - present

Business and Professional Positions:
Owner, Wilken-Alaska (Fairbanks Distributors): 1976 - 2004 Owner, Great Alaskan Food Co.: 1983 - 2004 Chair, Community Activity Center Task Force: 1985 - 1989 Alaska Council on Economic Education: 1984 - 1996 MAPCO Alaska - Citizens Advisory Board: 1986 - 1996

Service Organizations and Community Involvement:
Fairbanks Youth Sports Board: 1981 - present President, Fairbanks Youth Sports Foundation: 1988 - present Rotary of Fairbanks: 1977 - present; President: 1987 Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, 1983 - present - Chair: 1991 - 1992 Co-Chair, Military Affairs Committee: 1989 - 1995 Alaska Crippled Children Board: 1989 - 1995 Chair, Methodist Church Pastor Parish Relations Committee: 1994 - 1995 President, Lathrop High School Basketball Boosters: 1987-89, 1993-96 - Soviet Union Visit Team Leader: 1989

Awards & Recognitions:
Fairbanks Daily News Miner Community Service Award: 1990 University of Alaska Fairbanks Business Leader of the Year: 1995 Rotarian of the Year: 1990 Oregon State University Sports Hall of Fame (Team): 1993 Jim Messer Support of the Military Award

Special Interests:
Family, hunting, fishing, boating.

Legislative Service:

Prime Sponsorship
BillShort TitlePrime Sponsor(s)Current StatusStatus Date
SB 84 ASSETS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA SENATOR WILKEN
CHAPTER 9 SLA 97 04/10/1997
SB 164 AUTHORITY OF EMERGENCY MED TECHS SENATOR WILKEN
CHAPTER 84 SLA 97 06/13/1997
SB 187 UNIVERSITY TUITION PAYMENT PROGRAM SENATOR WILKEN
CHAPTER 102 SLA 97 07/02/1997
SB 289 TRAFFIC OFFENSES IN HIGHWAY WORK ZONES SENATOR WILKEN
(S) TRA 02/11/1998
SB 290 WILLIAM R. WOOD BLVD. IN FAIRBANKS SENATOR WILKEN
(S) TRA 02/11/1998
SB 312 FOOD/SEAFOOD/ORGANIC FOOD SENATOR WILKEN BY REQUEST
CHAPTER 72 SLA 98 06/03/1998
SCR 10 SUPPORTING USE OF FURBEARER RESOURCE SENATOR WILKEN
LEGIS RESOLVE 35 05/21/1997
SJR 25 SUPPORT ACCESS TO DENALI/WONDER LAKE SENATOR WILKEN
LEGIS RESOLVE 26 05/21/1997



Cosponsored Bills
BillShort TitlePrime Sponsor(s)Current StatusStatus Date
HB 7 VICTIM/JUVENILE OFFENDER MEDIATION REPRESENTATIVE PORTER
CHAPTER 108 SLA 98 06/17/1998
HB 16 JUVENILE DELINQUENCY PROCEDURES REPRESENTATIVE KELLY
CHAPTER 107 SLA 98 06/17/1998
HB 45 RUNAWAY AND MISSING MINORS REPRESENTATIVE KELLY
CHAPTER 8 SLA 97 04/10/1997
HB 46 MINING: CREDITS/LEASES/REC. AREA REPRESENTATIVES KELLY, THERRIAULT
CHAPTER 56 SLA 97 05/30/1997
HB 170 SERVICE ANIMALS FOR PHYS/MENT. CHALLENGED REPRESENTATIVE BRICE
CHAPTER 103 SLA 98 06/16/1998
HB 241 PAYMENT OF COSTS ALASKA PIONEERS' HOME REPRESENTATIVE CROFT
CHAPTER 101 SLA 97 07/01/1997
HB 303 EXTEND COUNCIL ON DOM.VIOL. & SEX.ASSAULT REPRESENTATIVE ELTON
CHAPTER 87 SLA 98 06/12/1998
HB 334 TUITION WAIVER FOR POLICE WIDOW/CHILD REPRESENTATIVE KELLY
CHAPTER 38 SLA 98 05/20/1998
HB 347 OVERTIME WAGE EXEMPTION FOR MECHANICS REPRESENTATIVE COWDERY
CHAPTER 123 SLA 98 06/23/1998
HB 349 REGULATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS REPRESENTATIVE JAMES
CHAPTER 118 SLA 98 06/22/1998
HB 350 INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR CONTRACEPTIVES REPRESENTATIVE CROFT
(S) FIN 05/08/1998
HB 356 JOINT COMMITTEE ON MILITARY BASES REPRESENTATIVE MULDER
CHAPTER 31 SLA 98 05/14/1998
HB 387 DENTISTS ABILITY TO DO CPR REPRESENTATIVE THERRIAULT
CHAPTER 33 SLA 98 05/14/1998
HB 451 ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY & MOBILITY AIDS REPRESENTATIVE GREEN
CHAPTER 102 SLA 98 06/16/1998
HCR 1 NORTH SLOPE NATURAL GAS PROJECT REPRESENTATIVE BARNES
LEGIS RESOLVE 2 03/12/1997
HCR 6 ALCOHOL-RELATED BIRTH DEFECTS AWARENESS REPRESENTATIVE NICHOLIA
LEGIS RESOLVE 41 06/11/1997
HCR 18 80 YEAR ANNIV OF UNIV. ALASKA FAIRBANKS REPRESENTATIVE DAVIES
LEGIS RESOLVE 32 06/11/1997
HJR 16 SUPPORT FEDERAL BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT REPRESENTATIVE VEZEY
LEGIS RESOLVE 20 05/07/1997
HJR 29 FUNDING FOR PROSTATE CANCER RESEARCH REPRESENTATIVE ELTON
LEGIS RESOLVE 57 04/08/1998
HJR 49 NAT'L FOREST ROAD-BUILDING MORATORIUM REPRESENTATIVE WILLIAMS
LEGIS RESOLVE 50 03/20/1998
HJR 53 FEDERAL UNIVERSITY LAND GRANT BILL REPRESENTATIVE KELLY
LEGIS RESOLVE 65 05/08/1998
HJR 56 YTTRIUM MINING REPRESENTATIVE HUDSON
LEGIS RESOLVE 73 06/01/1998
SB 11 SCHOOL DEBT REIMBURSEMENT SENATOR HALFORD
CHAPTER 77 SLA 98 06/08/1998
SB 36 PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING SENATOR PHILLIPS
CHAPTER 83 SLA 98 06/11/1998
SB 68 TASK FORCE ON PRIVATIZATION SENATOR WARD
VETOED BY GOVERNOR 06/11/1997
SB 70 DISCHARGE OF FIREARMS AT BLDGS. SENATOR DONLEY
CHAPTER 89 SLA 97 06/16/1997
SB 76 BUDGET: RESULTS BASED GOVT. SENATOR PARNELL
CHAPTER 27 SLA 98 05/05/1998
SB 94 ROHYPNOL AS SCHEDULE IV-A DRUG SENATOR ELLIS
(S) JUD 02/24/1997
SB 117 INFANT CARE CURRICULUM IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS SENATOR DONLEY
CHAPTER 4 SLA 98 03/20/1998
SB 159 NEW BUSINESS INCENTIVE PROGRAM SENATOR PEARCE
CHAPTER 8 SLA 98 04/06/1998
SB 161 PERM. FUND CORP TO MANAGE MUNI ASSETS SENATOR SHARP
(H) RLS 04/30/1997
SB 175 AIDEA REVENUE BONDS FOR INTERTIES SENATOR SHARP
CHAPTER 103 SLA 97 07/02/1997
SB 180 STATE RIGHTS-OF-WAY: RS 2477 SENATOR HALFORD
CHAPTER 26 SLA 98 05/05/1998
SB 216 CIVIL COMMITMENT OF SEXUAL PREDATORS SENATOR HALFORD
3RD RDG,5/12 CAL(H) 05/11/1998
SB 219 OFFICE OF VICTIMS' ADVOCACY SENATOR HALFORD
(H) FIN 05/10/1998
SB 250 MANAGEMENT OF GAME SENATOR SHARP
CHAPTER 76 SLA 98 06/06/1998
SB 255 JOINT TASK FORCE ON MILITARY BASES SENATOR KELLY
(S) RLS 03/12/1998
SB 260 INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR CONTRACEPTIVES SENATOR ELLIS
(S) HES 01/26/1998
SB 261 SPECIAL OLYMPICS 2001 SENATOR MILLER
CHAPTER 16 SLA 98 04/29/1998
SB 265 MOOSE AS STATE MAMMAL SENATOR TORGERSON
CHAPTER 17 SLA 98 04/30/1998
SB 304 REGULATION OF MOTOR VEHICLES & HWYS SENATOR DONLEY
CHAPTER 64 SLA 98 06/03/1998
SB 321 ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES SENATOR MILLER
(S) FIN 03/10/1998
SCR 11 LONG-TERM CARE TASK FORCE SENATOR SHARP
LEGIS RESOLVE 76 06/01/1998
SJR 7 AK NAT'L GUARD YOUTH CORPS CHALLENGE PROG SENATOR PHILLIPS
LEGIS RESOLVE 7 03/12/1997
SJR 9 ENDORSING ANWR LEASING SENATOR PEARCE
LEGIS RESOLVE 3 03/12/1997
SJR 22 ALASKA MILITARY BASES SENATOR KELLY
LEGIS RESOLVE 15 04/18/1997
SJR 28 FED AUDIT OF NATIVE REGIONAL CORPORATIONS SENATOR HALFORD
(S) STA 04/10/1997

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