Mark Begich
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Mark Begich

Democrat

United States Senator from Alaska, formerly Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska
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Mark Begich

United States Senator from Alaska, formerly Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska
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59
Years of Age
21
Years of Experience
AKResidence (state)

Mark Peter Begich (BEGG-itch; born March 30, 1962) is an American politician who was a United States Senator from Alaska from 2009 to 2015. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as Mayor of Anchorage from 2003 to 2009. Born in Anchorage, Begich is the son of former U.S. Representative Nick Begich Sr. He was elected to the Anchorage Assembly at the age of 26. He eventually served as chairman for three years, before leaving the Assembly in 1998. Begich ran two unsuccessful campaigns for Mayor of Anchorage in 1994 and 2000 before being elected in 2003. He was subsequently reelected in 2006. In the 2008 Senate election, Begich narrowly defeated incumbent Ted Stevens, at the time the longest-serving Republican member of the U.S. Senate.In the 2014 Senate election, Begich was narrowly defeated in his bid for reelection by former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan. Following completion of his term in the U.S. Senate, Begich started Anchorage-based consulting firm Northern Compass Group. On June 1, 2018, Begich announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Alaska in the 2018 election, facing off against Republican nominee and former State Senator Mike Dunleavy.

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Experience

Education

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University of Alaska Anchorage
Steller Secondary School

Past Positions

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Senator
United States Senate
2008 - 2014
Mayor
City of Anchorage
2003 - 2009
Assemblyman
Anchorage Assembly
1988 - 1998
Chair
Anchorage Assembly
1993
Experience
Real Estate and Property Management
Small Business Owner

Other Experience

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Member
University of Alaska Board of Regents
2001 - 2002
Member
Alaska Student Loan Corporation
1995 - 2002
Board Member
Resource Development Council
Board Member
Spirit of Youth Foundation
Board Member
Family Resource Center
Corporate Member
Association of the United States Army
Founder
Making a Difference Program
Member
Air Force Association
Board Member
Boys and Girls Club
Member
National Rifle Association (NRA)
Commissioner
Alaska Commission of Post-Secondary Education
1995 - 2002
Chair
Alaska Commission of Post-Secondary Education
1996 - 1998
Member
Senate Philanthropy Caucus
Member
Congressional French Caucus
Member
Congressional Fire Services Caucus
Member
Senate India Caucus
Member
Senate Rural Education Caucus
Chair
Budget Committee, Anchorage Assembly
Co-Chair
Senate General Aviation Caucus
Member
Congressional Croatian Caucus
Member
Senate Olympic and Paralympic Caucus
Member
Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Member
Senate Outdoor Recreation Caucus

Campaign Funding

2018
2016
2014
2012
20
18
$8,851,645
Total Raised
$9,803,905
Total Spent
$0
Cash on Hand
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics