Alaska Senate Republicans voted Saturday to confirm Rep. Josh Revak, R-Anchorage, to fill the District M Senate seat left vacant when Sen. Chris Birch died Aug. 7

When a seat in the Alaska Legislature is left vacant, the governor is responsible for nominating a replacement. Gov. Mike Dunleavy first put up Rep. Laddie Shaw, R-Anchorage, but he was rejected by his party in a 6-6 vote.

The Senate's newest member gave a statement in a release from the Senate Republicans after the vote:

“I am deeply humbled by this opportunity to continue serving my neighbors in District M and the State of Alaska in the State Senate. I want to thank the Governor for nominating me. I appreciate the time my new Senate colleagues took in considering my confirmation and I look forward to working with them. I remain grateful to my colleagues in the House whom I had the opportunity to work alongside over the past year. I look forward to continuing to work with them from my new role as we seek solutions to the challenges facing our state.”

Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, said Republicans were pleased to have Revak join the Senate:

“Josh knows how to bring folks together, from across the political spectrum, and find real solutions that work for Alaska. Despite witnessing the worst in humanity during his deployment to Iraq, Josh has maintained a positive outlook while serving his community, state and nation, and we’re excited to see him bring that same spirit of service to the Senate. I welcome Senator Josh Revak to the Senate and the Republican caucus.”

Dunleavy also weighed in with a statement Saturday:

“I would like to congratulate Senator Josh Revak on his confirmation to the Alaska State Senate. Josh has dedicated his life to service of our nation and state – he joined the U.S. Army shortly after 9-11 and served tours of duty in Iraq where he was severely wounded. He has worked for members of our Congressional Delegation on veterans issues, and he has proudly served the constituents of House District 25. I have all the confidence that Senator Revak will serve his district in the same fashion he has served our country and state.”

Revak's confirmation leaves House District 25 without a representative. The governor will have 30 days to appoint someone who then must be confirmed by House Republicans.

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