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 1 FOUNDATION FORMULA INCREASE SENATOR WILKEN
(S) FIN 05/10/2002
SB 48 MUNICIPALITIES:INCORP/PROPERTY VALUATION SENATOR WILKEN
(H) CRA 04/12/2001
SB 119 WILLIAM R. WOOD FAIRBANKS INTL AIRPORT SENATOR WILKEN
(H) RLS 03/19/2001
SB 126 RIGHT OF ACTION FOR LEGAL SEPARATION SENATOR WILKEN
(S) JUD 03/21/2001
SB 190 GUARDIANSHIPS; CONSERVATORSHIPS SENATOR WILKEN
(S) STA 04/11/2001
SB 232 PFD ELIGIBILITY FOR PEACE CORP VOLUNTEERS SENATOR WILKEN
(S) HES 01/14/2002
SB 279 SPORT FISH LICENSES FOR 9/11 RESPONDERS SENATOR WILKEN
CHAPTER 132 SLA 02 07/05/2002
SB 283 REGULATION OF NURSING SENATOR WILKEN
(S) L&C 03/01/2002
SB 297 MENTAL HEALTH TRUST LAND UNIT EMPLOYEES SENATOR WILKEN
CHAPTER 27 SLA 02 05/18/2002
SB 302 DEFINITION OF MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL SENATOR WILKEN
CHAPTER 73 SLA 02 06/20/2002
SB 321 REVISION OF VETERINARY STATUTES SENATOR WILKEN
(S) L&C 02/19/2002
SB 323 MANDATORY INCORPORATION OF BOROUGHS SENATOR WILKEN
(S) CRA 02/19/2002
SJR 4 NCAA BASKETBALL PRESEASON TOURNAMENTS SENATOR WILKEN
(S) STA 01/17/2001
SJR 28 INFO ABOUT LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE SENATOR WILKEN
LEGIS RESOLVE 36 07/07/2001



Cosponsored Bills
BillShort TitlePrime Sponsor(s)Current StatusStatus Date
HB 24 BOROUGH REVENUES FOR TOURISM MARKETING REPRESENTATIVE WHITAKER
CHAPTER 14 SLA 01 04/23/2001
HB 79 EAGLE RIVER VETERANS' MEMORIAL HIGHWAY REPRESENTATIVE KOTT
CHAPTER 6 SLA 01 03/29/2001
HB 110 SOCIAL SECURITY # & DRIVER'S LICENSES REPRESENTATIVE COGHILL
CHAPTER 40 SLA 01 06/25/2001
HB 111 CIVIL LIABILITY AND LIVESTOCK REPRESENTATIVE COGHILL
(S) JUD 04/24/2001
HB 167 MOTOR VEH.LIC.PLATES: NATL GUARD/ANTIQUE REPRESENTATIVE DYSON
CHAPTER 44 SLA 01 06/25/2001
HB 196 RIGHT OF ACTION FOR LEGAL SEPARATION REPRESENTATIVE DYSON
CHAPTER 80 SLA 02 06/20/2002
HB 244 RIGHT-OF-WAY TO DENALI BOR. FOR RR/UTIL. REPRESENTATIVE JAMES
CHAPTER 2 SLA 02 01/16/2002
HB 276 REGULATION OF NURSING REPRESENTATIVE WILSON
CHAPTER 97 SLA 02 06/28/2002
HB 300 PROCUREMENT OF TRAVEL SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE HAYES
CHAPTER 112 SLA 02 07/01/2002
HB 305 NONCOMPLIANCE WITH SELECTIVE SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES MURKOWSKI, HARRIS, MULDER, JAMES
CHAPTER 89 SLA 02 06/27/2002
HB 307 OIL/GAS EXPLORATION INCENTIVE CREDIT REPRESENTATIVE FATE
CHAPTER 139 SLA 02 07/05/2002
HB 411 PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS REPRESENTATIVE FATE
CHAPTER 18 SLA 02 05/08/2002
HB 438 DISABLED VETERANS LICENSE PLATES REPRESENTATIVE MCGUIRE
CHAPTER 31 SLA 02 05/29/2002
HCR 4 AFRICAN-AMERICAN CITIZEN RECOGNIT'N MONTH REPRESENTATIVE DYSON
LEGIS RESOLVE 40 04/17/2002
HCR 6 INHALANTS AND POISONS AWARENESS WEEKS REPRESENTATIVE KAPSNER
LEGIS RESOLVE 11 03/27/2001
HCR 20 SEPT 11 DAY OF REMEMBRANCE REPRESENTATIVE STEVENS
LEGIS RESOLVE 49 04/17/2002
HJR 30 DESECRATION OF U.S. FLAG REPRESENTATIVE KOTT
LEGIS RESOLVE 59 06/19/2002
HJR 33 SUPPORT WAR ON TERRORISM & SUPPORT PEACE REPRESENTATIVE JAMES
LEGIS RESOLVE 48 04/12/2002
HJR 35 REPEAL ESTATE TAX REPRESENTATIVE JAMES
(S) RLS 05/13/2002
HJR 37 ALASKA AIRLINES 70TH ANNIVERSARY REPRESENTATIVE KOTT
LEGIS RESOLVE 46 04/12/2002
SB 4 FIREFIGHTER/EMT MUNI. PROP. TAX EXEMPTION SENATOR THERRIAULT
CHAPTER 54 SLA 02 06/19/2002
SB 58 ADD PHYSICIAN ASST TO STATE MEDICAL BOARD SENATOR OLSON
CHAPTER 16 SLA 01 04/27/2001
SB 72 TAKE A CHILD HUNTING SEASON SENATOR KELLY
CHAPTER 68 SLA 01 07/03/2001
SB 76 RIGHT-OF-WAY LEASING ACT SENATOR THERRIAULT
CHAPTER 18 SLA 01 04/27/2001
SB 79 FRED ZHAROFF MEMORIAL BRIDGE SENATOR AUSTERMAN
CHAPTER 11 SLA 01 04/10/2001
SB 80 APPROP: SPECIAL OLYMPICS SENATOR HALFORD
(S) RLS 02/15/2001
SB 86 TEACHER EMPLOYMENT & SUBJECT EXPERTISE SENATOR KELLY
CHAPTER 69 SLA 01 07/03/2001
SB 102 SOCIAL SECURITY # & DRIVER'S LICENSES SENATOR THERRIAULT
(S) RLS 03/13/2001
SB 137 ALASKA HUMAN RESOURCE INVESTMENT COUNCIL SENATOR TORGERSON
CHAPTER 102 SLA 01 07/13/2001
SB 145 REGIONAL & VILLAGE PUB.SAFETY OFFICERS SENATOR HALFORD
CHAPTER 97 SLA 01 07/10/2001
SB 164 NO GAS PIPELINE OVER BEAUFORT SEA SENATOR TORGERSON
CHAPTER 29 SLA 01 05/16/2001
SB 219 NAVIGABLE WATERS COMMISSION SENATOR HALFORD
CHAPTER 71 SLA 02 06/20/2002
SB 258 AUTHORIZING ELECTRONIC BALLOTS SENATOR LEMAN
(S) RLS 02/11/2002
SB 265 PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS/NURSE PRACTITIONERS SENATOR OLSON
(S) RLS 03/15/2002
SB 278 TAKING PROPERTY BY EMINENT DOMAIN SENATOR TORGERSON
(H) RLS 05/09/2002
SB 294 ADULT DAY SERVICES FACILITIES SENATOR ELLIS
(S) HES 02/13/2002
SB 311 STATE TRUST FUND MONIES SENATOR THERRIAULT
(S) FIN 04/16/2002
SCR 2 SOBRIETY AWARENESS MONTH SENATOR WARD
LEGIS RESOLVE 10 03/27/2001
SJR 3 F-22 RAPTOR AIRCRAFT AT ELMENDORF AFB SENATOR LEMAN
LEGIS RESOLVE 6 03/09/2001
SJR 5 NCAA BASKETBALL PRESEASON TOURNAMENTS SENATOR LEMAN
LEGIS RESOLVE 2 01/29/2001
SJR 8 VOTING SITES AT MILITARY INSTALLATIONS SENATOR LEMAN
LEGIS RESOLVE 8 03/27/2001
SJR 9 NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM SENATOR LEMAN
LEGIS RESOLVE 7 03/27/2001
SJR 10 US COAST GUARD FUNDING SENATOR AUSTERMAN
LEGIS RESOLVE 19 04/23/2001
SJR 12 ELIMINATE MARRIAGE TAX PENALTY SENATOR LEMAN
LEGIS RESOLVE 13 03/27/2001
SJR 31 TAX EXEMPT BONDS TO FUND VETERANS LOANS SENATOR WARD
LEGIS RESOLVE 52 05/03/2002
SR 301 PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE RESOLUTION SENATOR GREEN
SENATE RESOLVE 2 07/17/2002

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