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DISTRICT 12 – WASILLA
Rep. Cathy Tilton was first elected in 2014, taking office in January of 2015 in the 29th Alaska State Legislature. As a freshman legislator, she was selected by her colleagues to be the first sole chairman of the Community and Regional Affairs committee in 20 years.
As chair of that committee, she was the architect of a bill that provided critical direction to Alaska’s municipalities on implementing the recently passed recreational marijuana initiative. While personally opposed to the initiative, she responded to the requests of cities and boroughs by providing answers to questions left by the poorly written ballot initiative.
In her second and third terms she once again earned the confidence of her fellow members to serve on the powerful House Finance Committee. In that capacity she introduced a measure that would revise Alaska’s constitutional spending limit, passed a bill providing tax incentives for economic development projects and championed Alaska’s version of the “Hyde Amendment” prohibiting state spending for elective abortions.
Currently, Rep. Tilton is the House Minority Leader, leading an 18 member-strong Republican minority. During the 32nd Legislature, she is the prime sponsor of a bill prohibiting the closure of gun stores and shooting ranges during emergency declarations and co-sponsor of bills establishing COVID-19 vaccine rights and requiring medical patients be allowed access to an advocate regardless of emergency declaration status.
She currently represents House District 12 which covers the communities of Butte, Chugiak, Eklutna, Fairview Loop and Peters Creek. As a result of the 2021 redistricting plan, she will represent House District 26 which will encompass the entirety of Fairview Loop, part of Gateway, and Knik-Goose Bay Road to Settler’s Bay.
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