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 9 PERS CREDIT FOR NONCERTIFICATED EMPLOYEES SENATOR WILKEN
CHAPTER 22 SLA 99 05/14/1999
SB 18 FINES FOR FISH AND GAME VIOLATIONS SENATOR WILKEN
(S) JUD 01/19/1999
SB 82 INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR CONTRACEPTIVES SENATOR WILKEN
(S) L&C 03/25/1999
SB 110 PROPERTY ACQUIRED BY GOVT. ENTITY SENATOR WILKEN
CHAPTER 91 SLA 99 07/01/1999
SB 111 PIONEERS HOME RECEIPTS SENATOR WILKEN
(S) FIN 03/18/1999
SB 167 INFO ABOUT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS SENATOR WILKEN
CHAPTER 90 SLA 99 07/01/1999
SB 184 INCREASE LAND GRANT TO UNIV. OF ALASKA SENATOR WILKEN
(S) RES 05/19/1999
SB 198 INCREASE BASE ALLOCATION FOR EDUCATION SENATOR WILKEN
(S) FIN 02/10/2000
SCR 8 LONG-TERM CARE TASK FORCE OF 1999 SENATOR WILKEN
LEGIS RESOLVE 23 05/26/1999
SCR 14 AMEND UNIFORM RULES; STANDING COMMITTEES SENATOR WILKEN
(S) STA 02/11/2000
SJR 38 ALASKA CANADA RAIL FEASIBILITY STUDY SENATOR WILKEN
LEGIS RESOLVE 41 04/27/2000



Cosponsored Bills
BillShort TitlePrime Sponsor(s)Current StatusStatus Date
HB 3 DRUGS: LISTED CHEMICALS/METHAMPHETAMINE REPRESENTATIVE BRICE
CHAPTER 73 SLA 00 05/22/2000
HB 12 RAIL/UTILITY EASEMENT TO AK-CANADA BORDER REPRESENTATIVE JAMES
CHAPTER 12 SLA 99 05/06/1999
HB 25 RIVER HABITAT PROTECTION TAX CREDIT REPRESENTATIVE DAVIES
CHAPTER 34 SLA 00 05/11/2000
HB 34 REPORTING CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN REPRESENTATIVE DYSON
CHAPTER 62 SLA 99 06/22/1999
HB 77 JOINT ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE MURKOWSKI
CHAPTER 6 SLA 99 04/12/1999
HB 112 ESTABLISH ALASKA PUBLIC BUILDING FUND REPRESENTATIVE JAMES
CHAPTER 19 SLA 00 04/21/2000
HB 116 BOARD OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSERVATION REPRESENTATIVE JAMES
CHAPTER 81 SLA 00 05/24/2000
HB 253 SCHOOL DISCIPLINARY AND SAFETY PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVE DYSON
CHAPTER 114 SLA 00 06/06/2000
HB 288 CHILDREN WITNESSING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE REPRESENTATIVE KOTT
CHAPTER 67 SLA 00 05/22/2000
HB 298 REQUIRE HEALTH INS COVERAGE FOR DIABETES REPRESENTATIVE MURKOWSKI
CHAPTER 23 SLA 00 04/28/2000
HB 346 SERVICES FOR DISABLED PERSONS REPRESENTATIVE JOULE
CHAPTER 76 SLA 00 05/23/2000
HCR 15 DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH REPRESENTATIVE PORTER
LEGIS RESOLVE 32 03/07/2000
HJR 8 NATIONAL BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM REPRESENTATIVE HARRIS
LEGIS RESOLVE 1 03/26/1999
HJR 11 ENDORSING ANWR LEASING REPRESENTATIVE PHILLIPS
LEGIS RESOLVE 8 05/06/1999
HJR 13 UNIVERSITY ENDOWMENT FOR RESEARCH REPRESENTATIVE THERRIAULT
LEGIS RESOLVE 14 05/26/1999
HJR 14 NATIONAL MUSEUM WOMEN'S HISTORY AK COUNCI REPRESENTATIVE PHILLIPS
LEGIS RESOLVE 12 05/11/1999
HJR 21 MILITARY BASE REALIGNMENT/CLOSURE ACTIONS REPRESENTATIVE MULDER
LEGIS RESOLVE 4 04/12/1999
SB 4 VICTIMS' RIGHTS/PRISONER'S PFD SENATOR HALFORD
VETOED BY GOVERNOR 06/08/2000
SB 7 INCREASE LAND GRANT TO UNIV. OF ALASKA SENATOR TAYLOR
CHAPTER 136 SLA 00 07/11/2000
SB 8 MINIMUM REQUIRED PLUMBING FACILITIES SENATOR DONLEY
CHAPTER 69 SLA 99 06/23/1999
SB 17 PERMANENT FUND: ALLOWABLE ABSENCES SENATOR ELTON
(S) STA 01/19/1999
SB 20 LICENSURE OF ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES SENATOR ELLIS
(S) STA 01/19/1999
SB 46 NAMING THE CAPITAL SCHOOL BLDG. SENATOR WARD
CHAPTER 16 SLA 99 05/07/1999
SB 53 EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE FOR NAT'L GUARD SENATOR KELLY TIM
(S) RLS 02/17/1999
SB 73 ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES SENATOR MILLER
CHAPTER 83 SLA 00 05/24/2000
SB 102 TROOPER HECK MEMORIAL CORRIDOR SENATOR LINCOLN
CHAPTER 24 SLA 99 05/14/1999
SB 125 SCHOOL SAFETY PLAN SENATOR HOFFMAN
CHAPTER 78 SLA 99 06/24/1999
SB 174 G.O. BONDS, UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA SENATOR DONLEY
(S) FIN 02/11/2000
SB 186 POSTSECONDARY EDUC SAVINGS PROGRAMS/TRUST SENATOR KELLY TIM
CHAPTER 3 SLA 00 03/15/2000
SB 231 NAMING AK NATIVE VETERANS' HONOR BRIDGE SENATOR LINCOLN
CHAPTER 22 SLA 00 04/28/2000
SB 235 APPROVING LAND TRANSFERS FOR RAILROAD SENATOR LEMAN
CHAPTER 116 SLA 00 06/06/2000
SJR 4 NATIONAL BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM SENATOR KELLY TIM
(S) RLS 02/10/1999
SJR 5 SNOWMACHINE USE IN DENALI NAT'L PARK SENATOR HALFORD
LEGIS RESOLVE 3 03/26/1999
SJR 25 VOLUNTARY SCHOOL PRAYER SENATOR WARD
LEGIS RESOLVE 27 06/22/1999
SJR 27 CONST.AM: CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION/AMENDMT SENATOR DONLEY
LEGIS RESOLVE 47 05/31/2000
SR 2 CLIFF GROH GALLERY SENATOR KELLY TIM
SENATE RESOLVE 2 04/12/1999

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