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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Personal

Full Name:

Chris Birch

Gender:

Male

Family:

Wife: Pam; 2 Children: Logan, Tali

Birth Place:

Fairbanks, AK

Home City:

Anchorage, AK

Education

MS, Engineering Management, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1976-1979

BS, Mining Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1968-1972

Political Experience

Representative, Alaska State House of Representatives, District 26, 2017-2019

Senator, Alaska State Senate, District M, 2019

Candidate, Alaska State Senate, District M, 2018

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Member, Labor and Commerce Committee, Alaska State House of Representatives

Former Member, Resources Committee, Alaska State House of Representatives

Former Member, State Affairs Committee, Alaska State House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Administration, Alaska State House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Labor and Workforce Development, Alaska State House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Natural Resources, Alaska State House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Revenue, Alaska State House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on University of Alaska, Alaska State House of Representatives

Vice Chair, Community And Regional Affairs Committee, Alaska State Senate, 2019

Member, Education Committee, Alaska State Senate, 2019

Member, Labor and Commerce Committee, Alaska State Senate, 2019

Chair, Resources Committee, Alaska State Senate, 2019

Member, Subcommittee on Commerce, Community and Economic Development, Alaska State Senate, 2019

Member, Subcommittee on Education and Early Development, Alaska State Senate, 2019

Member, Subcommittee on Environmental Conservation, Alaska State Senate, 2019

Member, Subcommittee on Labor and Workforce Development, Alaska State Senate, 2019

Professional Experience

Vice President, Business Development, NANA Development Corporation, 2007-2011

Senior Vice President, WHPacific/ASCG, Incorporated, 2005-2007

Senior Engineer, Tryck Nyman Hayes (TNH) Engineering, Incorporated, 2004-2005

Director, Engineering, Planning & Environment, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), 1998-2004

Senior Planning Analyst, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, 1991-1993

Airport Manager, Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) Fairbanks, 1987-1991

Manager, Fairbanks International Airport, 1987-1991

Junior Engineer, R&M Engineering, Fairbanks, 1972-1974

Operator, Chandalar Gold Mining & Milling, Chandalar Lake, Summers, 1968-1972

Driller/Operator, Tobin Creek Placer Mine, Tobin Creek/Brooks Range, 1966-1971

Equipment Operator, Colorado Oil & Gas/Jim Dalton, Sagwon/North Slope, 1968-1969

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

Member, Alaska Consumer Energy Alliance, present

Member, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, present

Member, Anchorage Resource Development Council, present

Member, Commonwealth North, present

Former Board Member, Alaska Miners Association

Member, Alaska Support Industry Alliance

Former Board Member, Anchorage East Rotary

Former Board Member, Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce

Member, Anchorage Municipal Assembly, 2005-2014

President/Member, Board of Directors, Chugach Electric Association, 1997-2006

President/Member, Hilltop Ski Area, 1993-2005

President/Member, Mid-Hillside Community Council, 1992-2005

President/Member, Valli Vue Homeowner Association, 1991-2005

Chair, Bureau of Land Management Northern Alaska Land Use Advisory Council, 1990

Member/Presiding Officer, Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly, 1984-1990

Initiative Sponsor, Citizens Coalition for Tort Reform, 1988

Commission Chair, Viewpoints Road Service Area, 1981-1984

Additional Information

Father's Name:

Frank

Father's Occupation:

Served, United States Marine Corps;
Mining engineer

Mother's Name:

Bettijeanne

Mother's Occupation:

Geologist, camp cook and bookkeeper

Number of Grandchildren:

4

Articles

Issue Position: Economy

Jan. 1, 2018

Some in the legislature are actively driving investment away from Alaska when we need to be doing the opposite. I will continue to fight to bring business investment to Alaska -- not drive it away. We need to grow our way to greater opportunities -- more jobs and a healthy Permanent Fund.

Issue Position: State Budget

Jan. 1, 2018

In general, and where practical, I support a more limited role for state government. Back to basics as envisioned and authorized under our state constitution. Advance a zero-based budgeting strategy premised on the principle that the government should be accountable to Alaskans for every dollar spent. Identify and deliver reasonable and cost-effective alternatives for delivering critical state services. I am committed to closing the budget gap. The state has to preserve liquidity and adopt a sustainable, balanced budget. The administration and legislature need to exhibit the leadership necessary to restore public trust and confidence that state spending has been sufficiently reduced to justify the use of Permanent Fund earnings and potential new broad-based taxes to meet state obligations.

Issue Position: Crime

Jan. 1, 2018

Many in our community have suffered the impacts from increased crime. This is a major issue and we are working to support law enforcement, prosecutors, and citizens to provide the tools necessary to address the recent crime wave. Improvements from the past legislation session include: Removing mandatory release requirements in favor of judicial discretion, Criminalizing attacks on medical professionals who are trying to help people, Granting judges more flexibility to hold offenders in jail while they await trial, Empowering the Attorney General to ban dangerous new drugs by emergency regulation, Ensuring judges can consider out-of-state criminal charges when making pretrial release decisions.