The Alaska House of Representatives on Tuesday completed its formal organizing by naming standing committee chairs and completing committee assignments.

This means the House can assign bills to committees and begin holding hearings on Gov. Dunleavy’s budget and other high-profile bills such as his crime and Permanent Fund dividend legislation.

So far more than 70 bills and constitutional amendment proposals need to be introduced in the House, which will likely take place Wednesday.

A Democratic-led majority will be made up of 15 Democrats, two independents and eight Republicans will lead the House with Rep. Bryce Edgmon, I-Dillingham, serving a second straight term as speaker.

But Republicans will hold key leadership roles.

Rep. Chuck Kopp, R-Anchorage, will serve as the Rules Committee chair; Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, will co-chair the House Finance Committee with Neal Foster, a Nome Democrat.

Rep. Jennifer Johnston, R-Anchorage, will serve as vice chair for both the Rules and Finance committees.

Rep. Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, will chair the House Transportation Committee and Special Committee on Fisheries. Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux will chair the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee and serve as co-chair the Labor & Commerce Committee with Fairbanks Democrat Adam Wool. LeDoux will also be the vice chair for the Judiciary Committee with Chair Matt Claman, an Anchorage Democrat.

Other committees getting presiding officers were as follows:

State Affairs
Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, D-Sitka, chair
Zack Fields, D-Anchorage, vice chair

John Lincoln, D-Kotzebue, co-chair 
Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage, co-chair

Health & Social Services
Ivy Spohnholz, D-Anchorage, co-chair
Tiffany Zulkosky, D-Bethel, co-chair

Harriet Drummond, D-Anchorage, co-chair
Andi Story, D-Juneau, co-chair

Community & Regional Affairs
Harriet Drummond, D-Anchorage, co-chair
Sara Hannan, D-Juneau, co-chair

The make up of the majority resembles a Senate bipartisan coalition from 2008, when nine Democrats and six Republicans held the majority with Republicans receiving many high-profile posts.

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