23rd-30th Legislature (2003 -2018)

HOUSE
LES GARA





Representative Les Gara
District: 23
Party: Democrat

Legislative Service
2003-2018 Representative

:

Date and Place of Birth:
February 6, 1963
New York, New York

Occupation:
Attorney, writer

Spouse:
Kelly

Residency in Alaska:
Fairbanks, August 1988-August 1989;
Anchorage, August 1989 to present

Education:
Freeport High School, 1977-1981, Diploma;
Boston University, 1981-1985, B.A.;
Harvard Law School, 1985-1988, J.D

Political and Government Positions:
Law clerk for Justice Jay Rabinowitz, Alaska Supreme Court;
Assistant Attorney General.

Special Interests:
Fishing, rafting, fly-tying.

Legislative Service:

Prime Sponsorship
BillShort TitlePrime Sponsor(s)Current StatusStatus Date
HB 10 MUNICIPAL TAX EXEMPTIONS REPRESENTATIVES GRUENBERG, CHENAULT, THOMAS, GARA, HARRIS, KAWASAKI
CHAPTER 10 SLA 10 05/01/2010
HB 21 MUNICIPAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION REPRESENTATIVES CRAWFORD, GARA, DOOGAN
(H) CRA 01/20/2009
HB 23 CLASS SIZE REDUCTION GRANTS REPRESENTATIVES CRAWFORD, GARA
(H) EDC 01/20/2009
HB 45 DIVEST INVESTMENTS IN SUDAN REPRESENTATIVES GARA, GARDNER, PETERSEN, KERTTULA
(H) STA 02/25/2009
HB 50 LIMIT OVERTIME FOR REGISTERED NURSES REPRESENTATIVES P.WILSON, GARA, TUCK, PETERSEN, LYNN, SEATON, GATTO, CISSNA, MUNOZ, GARDNER
CHAPTER 118 SLA 10 07/07/2010
HB 54 REPEAL DEFINED CONTRIB RETIREMENT PLANS REPRESENTATIVES TUCK, CRAWFORD, BUCH, CISSNA, GARA, HOLMES, PETERSEN
(H) L&C 01/20/2009
HB 59 PRE-ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PROGRAMS/PLANS REPRESENTATIVES KAWASAKI, GARA, TUCK, PETERSEN
(H) FIN 04/10/2009
HB 68 PRICE GOUGING INVOLVING ENERGY RESOURCES REPRESENTATIVES PETERSEN, GARA, TUCK, GRUENBERG, KAWASAKI
(H) L&C 01/20/2009
HB 69 EARLY CHILDHOOD ED: PARENTS AS TEACHERS REPRESENTATIVES TUCK, PETERSEN, KAWASAKI, GARA
(S) FIN 04/18/2010
HB 72 ELECTION DAY VOTER REGISTRATION REPRESENTATIVES GARDNER, GARA, PETERSEN
(H) STA 01/20/2009
HB 118 MEDICAL ASSISTANCE ELIGIBILITY REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) HSS 02/25/2009
HB 119 PRODUCTION TAX ON CERTAIN NATURAL GAS REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) L&C 02/06/2009
HB 126 EXTEND/RESUME STATE CUSTODY OF CHILDREN REPRESENTATIVE GARA
CHAPTER 80 SLA 10 06/15/2010
HB 148 ENERGY EFFICIENCY PLAN AND GRANT FUND REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) ENE 02/23/2009
HB 178 PAYMENTS TO PHYSICIANS:MEDICARE/PROBONO REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) HSS 03/12/2009
HB 198 ACCESS TO FISHING WATERWAYS REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) FSH 03/23/2009
HB 237 EDUCATION BUDGET & LEGISLATOR SALARIES REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) EDC 04/17/2009
HB 265 MEDICAID COVERAGE FOR DENTURES REPRESENTATIVES GARDNER, PETERSEN, GARA
(H) HSS 01/19/2010
HB 275 ANTITRUST ACTIONS & PENALTIES REPRESENTATIVES GRUENBERG, BUCH, CISSNA, CRAWFORD, N.FOSTER, GARA, GARDNER, GUTTENBERG, HOLMES, KAWASAKI, KERTTULA, PETERSEN
(H) L&C 01/19/2010
HB 279 RCA RATE CHANGE REPRESENTATIVES PETERSEN, TUCK, GARA
(H) L&C 01/19/2010
HB 284 PIONEERS HOME RX DRUG BENEFIT REPRESENTATIVES DAHLSTROM, GARA, HERRON
(H) STA 03/17/2010
HB 285 PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN SCHOOLS REPRESENTATIVES GARA, TUCK
(H) EDC 01/19/2010
HB 286 MEDICAID FOR MEDICAL & INTERMEDIATE CARE REPRESENTATIVES GARA, GRUENBERG
(H) HSS 01/19/2010
HB 335 PHYSICIAN SHORTAGES: GRANTS REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) HSS 02/10/2010
HB 359 CORPORATIONS NOT "PERSONS" IN ELECTIONS REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) STA 02/19/2010



Cosponsored Bills
BillShort TitlePrime Sponsor(s)Current StatusStatus Date
HB 5 DIVEST INVESTMENTS IN SUDAN REPRESENTATIVE LYNN
(H) STA 01/20/2009
HB 16 MUNICIPAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS REPRESENTATIVE NEUMAN
(H) CRA 01/20/2009
HB 20 FISHERIES LOANS:ENERGY EFFICIENCY/AMOUNT REPRESENTATIVES EDGMON, BUCH
CHAPTER 120 SLA 10 08/19/2010
HB 26 MEDICAID FOR ADULT DENTAL SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE HAWKER
CHAPTER 35 SLA 09 06/20/2009
HB 30 REPEAL DEFINED CONTRIB RETIREMENT PLANS REPRESENTATIVES HARRIS, HAWKER, MUNOZ
(H) L&C 01/20/2009
HB 44 ENERGY BONDS/INVESTMENTS/ANGDA REPRESENTATIVES CHENAULT, P.WILSON
(S) RES 04/16/2009
HB 46 MIXING ZONES/SEWAGE SYSTEMS REPRESENTATIVE SEATON
(H) FSH 01/20/2009
HB 63 COUNCIL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: MEMBERS, STAFF REPRESENTATIVES FAIRCLOUGH, HOLMES, COGHILL, P.WILSON
CHAPTER 47 SLA 09 06/23/2009
HB 66 NET ENERGY METERING REPRESENTATIVES SEATON, AUSTERMAN, GATTO, RAMRAS, MUNOZ, P.WILSON, BUCH
(H) ENE 01/20/2009
HB 70 FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVE GATTO
CHAPTER 11 SLA 10 05/04/2010
HB 73 LICENSE PLATES: FIREFIGHTER/EMT/FRAT. ORG REPRESENTATIVE LYNN
CHAPTER 116 SLA 10 07/01/2010
HB 76 LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL & LB&A MEMBERSHIP REPRESENTATIVES GRUENBERG, BUCH, CISSNA, DOOGAN, GARDNER, GUTTENBERG, HOLMES, KAWASAKI, KERTTULA, PETERSEN, SALMON, TUCK
(H) FIN 02/05/2010
HB 87 MED BENEFITS OF DISABLED PEACE OFFICERS REPRESENTATIVE MILLETT
(H) L&C 01/26/2009
HB 93 DO NOT CALL REGISTRY--MOBILE/CELL PHONES REPRESENTATIVE CHENAULT
CHAPTER 32 SLA 09 06/16/2009
HB 94 POSTSECONDARY SCHOLARSHIPS REPRESENTATIVE GUTTENBERG
(H) EDC 01/28/2009
HB 96 INTEREST FORGIVEN ON CERTAIN STATE LOANS REPRESENTATIVE THOMAS
(H) STA 01/28/2009
HB 116 IDITAROD REGISTRATION PLATES REPRESENTATIVE NEUMAN
(H) FIN 03/05/2009
HB 121 MUNICIPAL AIR QUALITY PROPERTY TAX CREDIT REPRESENTATIVE COGHILL
CHAPTER 26 SLA 09 05/25/2009
HB 125 ALASKA MINIMUM WAGE REPRESENTATIVE PETERSEN
(H) L&C 02/11/2009
HB 160 INCREASE BASE STUDENT ALLOCATION REPRESENTATIVE PETERSEN
(H) EDC 02/23/2010
HB 184 DEBT AUTHORIZATION FOR UNIVERSITY REPRESENTATIVE KELLY
CHAPTER 94 SLA 10 06/21/2010
HB 187 INS. COVERAGE: AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER REPRESENTATIVE PETERSEN
(H) HSS 03/12/2009
HB 189 OIL AND GAS TAX REPRESENTATIVE CRAWFORD
(H) RES 03/13/2009
HB 203 EXPUNGEMENT OF CERTAIN CRIMINAL RECORDS REPRESENTATIVE GATTO
(H) JUD 03/23/2009
HB 212 UNEMPLOYMENT AMENDMENTS: FED STIMULUS REPRESENTATIVE CRAWFORD
(H) FIN 04/08/2009
HB 226 NAMING VETERANS' WAY IN MAT-SU REPRESENTATIVE KELLER
CHAPTER 89 SLA 10 06/17/2010
HB 236 SPECIAL ELECTION FOR LEGISLATIVE VACANCY REPRESENTATIVE CRAWFORD
(H) STA 04/16/2009
HB 239 POWER PROJECT FUND: DIESEL PLANT UPGRADES REPRESENTATIVE SALMON
(H) ENE 04/18/2009
HB 262 MOTORCYCLE/SCOOTER AWARENESS MONTH REPRESENTATIVES KELLER, HERRON, PETERSEN, LYNN, SEATON
CHAPTER 9 SLA 10 05/01/2010
HB 270 MEDICAID FOR MEDICAL & INTERMEDIATE CARE REPRESENTATIVES MUNOZ, SEATON, HERRON, GRUENBERG
(H) HSS 01/19/2010
HB 274 ESTABLISHING PURPLE HEART DAY REPRESENTATIVES DAHLSTROM, GARDNER, BUCH, KELLER, PETERSEN, LYNN, GATTO, TUCK, DOOGAN, THOMAS, HAWKER, GUTTENBERG, RAMRAS, FAIRCLOUGH, JOHNSON, MILLETT, HERRON
CHAPTER 2 SLA 10 03/22/2010
HB 278 ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME GRANT FUND REPRESENTATIVES TUCK, MUNOZ, PETERSEN, HERRON, JOULE, N.FOSTER
(H) ENE 01/19/2010
HB 319 CONCEALED HANDGUNS/ FED FIREMARMS FORMS REPRESENTATIVE HAWKER
CHAPTER 24 SLA 10 05/27/2010
HB 334 MILITARY DEPLOYMENT AND CHILD CUSTODY REPRESENTATIVE THOMAS
CHAPTER 44 SLA 10 06/04/2010
HB 344 SALMON PRODUCT DEVELOP. TAX CREDIT REPRESENTATIVE THOMAS
CHAPTER 102 SLA 10 06/25/2010
HB 352 FERRY SERVICE, INCL. YUKON/KUSKOKWIM REPRESENTATIVE SALMON
(H) TRA 02/19/2010
HB 358 CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURES REPRESENTATIVE KAWASAKI
(H) STA 02/19/2010
HB 377 VOLUNTEER AMATEUR SPORTS OFFICIALS REPRESENTATIVE STOLTZE
CHAPTER 8 SLA 10 04/30/2010
HB 392 INCENTIVES FOR CERTAIN MEDICAL PROVIDERS REPRESENTATIVE HERRON
(H) FIN 03/30/2010
HCR 7 DECORATION OF HONOR REPRESENTATIVE DAHLSTROM
LEGIS RESOLVE 7 06/02/2009
HCR 11 SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH REPRESENTATIVE FAIRCLOUGH
LEGIS RESOLVE 8 06/02/2009
HCR 16 PROCLAIMING SENATOR DANIEL INOUYE DAY REPRESENTATIVE HARRIS
LEGIS RESOLVE 22 06/08/2009
HJR 10 VETERANS' HEALTH CARE REPRESENTATIVE GUTTENBERG
LEGIS RESOLVE 25 05/25/2009
HJR 16 DISABLED VETERANS PROCUREMENT PREFERENCE REPRESENTATIVE GATTO
LEGIS RESOLVE 30 06/04/2010
HJR 17 OPPOSE H.R. 45 (BLAIR HOLT FIREARM LIC.) REPRESENTATIVE HARRIS
LEGIS RESOLVE 11 07/10/2009
HJR 19 OIL TANKER ESCORT VESSELS/OIL SPILL ANNIV REPRESENTATIVE AUSTERMAN
LEGIS RESOLVE 5 07/13/2009
HJR 24 FED. SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM/MILITARY REPRESENTATIVE RAMRAS
LEGIS RESOLVE 32 04/15/2010
HJR 25 HYDROELECTRIC POWER; RENEWABLE ENERGY REPRESENTATIVE THOMAS
LEGIS RESOLVE 27 07/22/2009
HJR 31 SUPPORT SOLDIERS' BURIAL DESIGNATIONS REPRESENTATIVE THOMAS
LEGIS RESOLVE 10 07/09/2009
SB 10 MEDICAID/INS FOR CANCER CLINICAL TRIALS SENATOR DAVIS
CHAPTER 117 SLA 10 07/01/2010
SB 13 MEDICAL ASSISTANCE ELIGIBILITY SENATOR DAVIS
VETOED BY GOVERNOR 06/04/2010
SB 29 NAMING THOMAS B. STEWART LEG. OFFICE BLDG SENATOR ELTON
CHAPTER 11 SLA 09 05/18/2009
SB 45 VETERANS' CEMETERY/FUND/PLATES/PREFERENCE SENATORS HUGGINS, THERRIAULT
CHAPTER 21 SLA 09 05/25/2009
SB 57 CHARTER/ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL FUNDING SENATOR THOMAS
CHAPTER 9 SLA 09 05/15/2009
SB 110 PRESERVATION OF EVIDENCE/DNA I.D. SYSTEM SENATOR FRENCH
CHAPTER 20 SLA 10 05/14/2010
SB 163 FISHERMEN'S FUND SENATOR PASKVAN
CHAPTER 103 SLA 10 06/25/2010
SB 172 ALASKA HEALTH CARE COMMISSION SENATOR OLSON
CHAPTER 96 SLA 10 06/21/2010
SB 199 MEDICAID COVERAGE FOR DENTURES SENATOR ELLIS
CHAPTER 60 SLA 10 06/09/2010
SB 215 PIONEERS HOME RX DRUG BENEFIT SENATORS WIELECHOWSKI, OLSON, KOOKESH, ELLIS, DAVIS
CHAPTER 90 SLA 10 06/17/2010
SB 219 TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY:PROGRAM/MEDICAID SENATOR MCGUIRE
CHAPTER 109 SLA 10 06/25/2010
SB 238 MEDICAID FOR MEDICAL & INTERMEDIATE CARE SENATOR DAVIS
CHAPTER 81 SLA 10 06/15/2010
SB 239 IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICES/DUI/CHEM. TEST SENATOR MEYER
CHAPTER 85 SLA 10 06/16/2010
SB 243 GEOTHERMAL RESOURCE:ROYALTY/PERMIT/FEE SENATOR MCGUIRE
CHAPTER 38 SLA 10 06/02/2010
SB 258 DENTAL CARE INSURANCE/PREFERRED PROVIDERS SENATOR HUGGINS
CHAPTER 75 SLA 10 06/15/2010
SJR 22 FEDERAL PREEMPTION OF SALMON MANAGEMENT SENATOR HUGGINS
LEGIS RESOLVE 33 04/15/2010