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Last updated Sep. 08, 2014

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Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska)

Political Highlights: Anchorage Assembly, 1988-98; candidate for mayor of Anchorage, 1994; candidate for mayor of Anchorage, 2000; mayor of Anchorage, 2003-09; U.S. Senate, 2009-15
Born: March 30, 1962; Anchorage, Alaska
Residence: Anchorage
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Deborah Bonito; one child
Education: U. of Alaska, Anchorage, attended 1981-88
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 2008 (1st term)
Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Homeland Security; Interior-Environment; Legislative Branch; Military Construction-VA; State-Foreign Operations); Commerce, Science & Transportation (Aviation Operations, Safety & Security; Communications, Technology, Innovation & the Internet; Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries & Coast Guard - Chairman; Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine; Tourism, Competitiveness and Innovation); Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs (Federal Spending Oversight & Emergency Management - Chairman); Indian Affairs; Veterans' Affairs

Election History
2014generalDan Sullivan (R) 135,44548.0
Mark Begich (D) 129,43145.8
Mark Fish (LIBERT) 10,5123.7
Ted Gianoutsos (UNA) 5,6362.0
2008generalMark Begich (D) 151,76747.8
Ted Stevens (R) 147,81446.5
Bob Bird (AKI) 13,1974.2
Frederick Haase (LIBERT) 2,4830.8
Ted Gianoutsos (X) 1,3850.4
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Alaska is 21st on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.


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Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.