When the 26th Alaska State Legislative session opened
about two weeks ago, there was a new but familiar face in the State House
District 36 seat, Kodiak Representative Alan Austerman, who returned to the
Legislature after a six-year absence.
KMXT's Erik Wander has more.
Austerman, a life-long Kodiak resident who once
served as a state representative and state senator, returned to the Alaska
Legislature when the current session began on January 20th. Austerman was
elected to the post this fall after a six-year absence, during which he spent
four years serving as Governor Frank Murkowski's fisheries advisor.
Austerman said he spent a significant portion of
the first week of the session making the transition back into public service.
first week of ... to start working on
said he's glad to be back in the Legislature after the layoff and looks forward
to fostering old relationships and forging new ones with some of the newer
very comfortable ... forward to some good things.")
Austerman, who is serving on the House Finance
Committee, said that his new role on that committee and fisheries issues will
be crucial as the session moves forward.
time, our main concern ... that I'm
In addition to being a member of the Finance
Committee, Austerman is Chair of the Finance Subcommittees Commerce, Community
and Economic Development as well as Environmental Conservation. The 26th
Legislative session continues until April 19th. I'm Erik Wander.