Senator Berta Gardner

January 22, 2015

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Serving Midtown,
Spenard, and UMed

State Capitol Bldg., Room 9
Juneau, AK 99801
Call Me: 1-800-331-4930

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Kicking Off This Legislative Session!

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Senator Gardner, new Minority Leader, with her caucus members, Sens. Olson, Ellis, Wielechowski, and Egan.
Senator Gardner, new Minority Leader, with her caucus members, Sens. Olson, Ellis, Wielechowski, and Egan.

Session has begun! I’m excited to be back in Juneau representing our district: Midtown, Spenard and the UMed.  I continue to feel honored to represent the Heart of Anchorage. Every session offers both opportunity and challenge. This year that is especially true given the combination of our fiscal situation and the new Unity Administration of Governor Walker and Lieutenant Governor Mallott.  Our sleeves are rolled up!

I want to take a moment to tell you that my office here and in Anchorage is your property.  Please feel free to come by. We would love to see  you.  As soon as we are back in Anchorage we will hold an open house with tours of the new Legislative Information Office in Anchorage. Yes, it was an unsupportable extravagance, but we have it now, and will be using and enjoying it. I hope you will also.

Let’s introduce our staff, each of whom brings something special to the office and is eager to serve you.

• In his eighth legislative year, Noah Hanson brings experience and institutional knowledge. We all rely on his organizational skills.  He keeps us focused, supplied, ready and on time for everything.  Additionally, Noah is a crackerjack researcher, and will be lead staff for the Senate Minority Caucus. Noah will also work on oil and gas issues, resources, military and veterans’ affairs, labor, and public safety.

 • Noah and I are joined by TJ Presley, for his fourth year, the third with me.  TJ has energy, enthusiasm and is brimming with ideas for our district and state.  He gets credit for most of our photos, videos and banners, and is responsible for following capital budget requests, and carrying legislation from our office. TJ will cover budget subcommittees, as well as the capital budget, and will also handle education funding, health and social services, and retirement and benefits issues. He is a brilliant strategist and writer and we are lucky to have him. For those who might not know, TJ took a leave last year to manage the Vote Yes to Repeal SB21 campaign. Outspent 32:1 and in the face of an onslaught of radio and TV advertising, he did a fabulous job with a final vote that was unexpectedly close.

• The three of us welcome our newest staffer, Katie Bruggeman.  Katie will be overseeing my calendar and helping me in my work on the Education Committee. She graduated from the CUNY School of Law in 2011, with a concentration in Health Care Law, the Affordable Care Act, and Public Benefits Law. In addition to these areas, her particular interests are public school funding, availability of family planning resources for low income women, and civil rights legislation.   We all want to ensure that Katie has a good experience in her first legislative session.

If you call the office you will likely speak with one of these three.  I trust each one will listen carefully and bring your concerns to me with constructive suggestions about how we can help.  If you’d like to speak with me personally, please say so and staff will make sure it happens. This office, and the work we do, is for the district. Please don’t ever hesitate to come by and say hello. 

I’m Berta and I’m still listening,

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office

signed: Berta


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