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33rd Legislature(2023-2024)

Member Information

Cathy Giessel
2011-2018 Senator District  
2019-2020 Senator District Senate President
2023-2024 Senator District

Place of Birth:
Fairbanks, Alaska

Residency in Alaska:

Registered Nurse
Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Husband - Richard
Adult Children - Peter, Elizabeth, David
3 grandchildren

Bachelor of Science - Nursing (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Masters of Science - Nursing (University of Alaska Anchorage)

Alaska State Senate: 2011 - present
Committee on Labor & Commerce
Committee on State Affairs
Finance subcommittee on the Legislature

Senate Caucus Work:
Joint Legislative In-State Gas Caucus
Joint Outdoor Heritage Caucus
Anchorage Caucus

National Involvement:
American Legislative Exchange Council (Fiscal Policy Task Force)
Energy Council
Pacific Northwest Economic Region (Legislative Energy Horizon Institute, Arctic Caucus)
National Council of State Legislators (Committees: Agriculture & Energy, Budgets & Revenue, Labor & Economic Development, Mining Safety)
Council of State Governments-West (Committees: Energy & Public Lands, Fiscal Affairs, Western Economic Development)

Organizations and Community Involvement:
Resources Development Council
Alaska Miners Association
Alaska Industry Support Alliance
Chambers of Commerce in: Soldotna, Kenai, Cooper Landing, Seward, Chugiak-Eagle River
Pioneers of Alaska
National Rifle Association

Awards and Recognitions:
2010 Exceptional Leader, National Council of State Boards of Nursing
Fellow, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Anchorage Republican Woman of the Year, 2007

Special Interests:
Cross country skiing, biking, hiking, running, shooting, textile crafts