For the first time since 1992, Republicans are in the minority in the Alaska House of Representatives after a Democrat-led coalition emerged from the November election.


The 18-member caucus announced its new organization Wednesday evening. Former majority leader Rep. Charisse Millet has been designated minority leader. Former House Speaker Mike Chenault will fill the role of minority whip, while Rep. Dan Saddler will occupy a newly created role as floor minority leader.


“The Floor Leader will assist the House Republicans with motions and issues that arise during floor sessions, and will coordinate the communications and press for the House Republicans,” a press release explained.


Rep. Lance Pruitt was named finance leader and will “guide the caucus on issues pertaining to Alaska’s budget and fiscal issues,” the release said.


Other members include:



  • Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake

  • Dave Talerico, R-Healy

  • Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks

  • Cathy Tilton, R-Wasilla

  • Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole

  • Chris Birch, R-Anchorage

  • David Eastman, R-Wasilla

  • DeLena Johnson, R-Palmer

  • Jennifer Johnston, R-Anchorage

  • Gary Knopp, R-Soldotna

  • Chuck Kopp, R-Anchorage

  • George Rauscher, R-Sutton

  • Colleen Sullivan-Leonard, R-Wasilla


Anchorage Rep. Lora Reinbold was also listed as a renewed member of the Republican caucus, after having been excluded last session for her vote against the budget in 2015.


The Republican minority announced the following committee assignments:


Finance:



  • Rep. Pruitt, R-Anchorage

  • Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks

  • Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole

  • Cathy Tilton, R-Wasilla


Education:



  • Dave Talerico, R-Healy

  • Jennifer Johnston, R-Anchorage

  • Chuck Kopp, R-Anchorage


Health and Social Services:



  • David Eastman, R-Wasilla

  • Jennifer Johnston, R-Anchorage

  • Colleen Sullivan-Leonard, R-Wasilla


Resources:



  • Dave Talerico, R-Healy

  • George Rauscher, R-Sutton

  • Chris Birch, R-Anchorage

  • DeLena Johnson, R-Palmer


Judiciary:



  • David Eastman, R-Wasilla

  • Chuck Kopp, R-Anchorage

  • Rep. Lora Reinhold R-Eagle River


Labor and Commerce:



  • Gary Knopp, R-Soldotna

  • Chris Birch, R-Anchorage

  • Colleen Sullivan-Leonard, R-Wasilla


State Affairs:



  • Gary Knopp, R-Soldotna

  • Chris Birch, R-Anchorage

  • DeLena Johnson, R-Palmer


Community and Regional Affairs:



  • Dave Talerico, R-Healy

  • DeLena Johnson, R-Palmer

  • George Rauscher, R-Sutton


Rules:



  • Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski

  • Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage


Committee on Committees:



  • Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski

  • Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage


Representatives Gabrielle Ledoux for Anchorage, Paul Seaton for Homer, and Louise Stutes for Kodiak left the Republican caucus to organize with House Democrats and Independents, which tipped the balance of power in favor of a new majority.


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