“In these trying times we should strive to focus on the things that we agree upon to bring us together, rather than let differences drive us apart.”
DISTRICT 9 – SUTTON
George Rauscher moved to Alaska over 40 years ago. He made his home in the quaint little community of Sutton. He married Elizabeth Samuel and they raised four daughters. From 2008-2013, he studied Construction Management at UAF.
George is a business owner. He previously served on the Sutton Community Council, the Alpine Road Service Advisory Board, the Mat-Su Borough Road Service Advisory Board, the Alpine Civic Club and the Jonesville/Slipper Lake Action Committee.
He is very involved in is home church in Sutton, where he has served on both the Director’s Board and the Elder’s Board over the years.
His interests lie in Transportation, Resources and Energy as District 9 is heavily laden with those challenges. As a result, George is a member of the following committees: Resources, Energy, and Military and Veterans Affairs.
He believes the federally funded state highways that exist within District 9 are some of the most treacherous roads Alaskans have to travel within the State of Alaska; the Department of Transportation must take a serious look at these roads before any more deaths occur.
George is a lifelong conservative Republican. He supports less government, low and predictable taxes, reasonable regulations that encourage economic development, and local parental control of education and school choice.
He embraces the need to privatize state services, wherever possible. He also believes we must be a willing and trustworthy partner with our business partnerships, where our word is our bond.
“We must be attentive to the needs of infrastructure that will spur the economic development of our many of our natural resources. We must heavily push back against burdensome federal and state regulations. Developing ANWAR should be a priority. If we do not, then we face the risk of having TAPS removed.
“Removing TAPS would dramatically curtail arctic offshore development and other possible oil deposits in both the Tanana and Copper basins. The economic impact to Alaska would be devastating beyond even today’s low oil prices.
“This year’s legislative session must come up with a plan that will not provide the people with the kind of Government we would like, but the kind we can afford. The good people of Alaska have only us to defend them against Government”.
He is not a polished politician who will simply tell you what you want to hear to get elected. He believes in term limits, not career politicians.
The 32nd Alaskan Legislative Session has begun as of the January 19th, when 20 State Senators and 40 State Representatives were sworn in by Lt. Governor Kevin Myers. This session has proven to be somewhat of a challenge, much the same as last session. Twenty-one Republicans, fifteen Democrats, and four Independents were elected to the State House this year. One Republican, Representative Louise Stutes, decided to caucus with the Democrats and the Independents. So there are only 20 representatives left in the republican camp and 20 representatives in the democrat camp. The Senate has organized under Senator Peter Micciche as their President with 13 Republicans and one Democrat; they are a non-binding caucus. Because the House is evenly split, they have not been able to agree on a Speaker. Nor have they been able to find a Pro-Temp to run the House Floor Sessions every three days, while they decide amongst themselves how to establish a leadership team.
Representative George Rauscher
January 29, 2021
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