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Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska)

Steering and Outreach Chairman

Political Highlights: Anchorage Assembly, 1988-98; candidate for mayor of Anchorage, 1994; candidate for mayor of Anchorage, 2000; mayor of Anchorage, 2003-09; U.S. Senate, 2009-present
Born: March 30, 1962; Anchorage, Alaska
Residence: Anchorage
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Deborah Bonito; one child
Education: U. of Alaska, Anchorage, attended 1981-88
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 2008 (1st term)
Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Homeland Security; Interior-Environment; Legislative Branch; Military Construction-VA; State-Foreign Operations); Commerce, Science & Transportation (Aviation Operations, Safety & Security; Communications, Technology & the Internet; Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries & Coast Guard - Chairman; Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine; Tourism, Competitiveness and Innovation); Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs (Efficiency of Federal Programs; Emergency Management & District of Columbia - Chairman; Financial & Contracting Oversight); Indian Affairs; Veterans' Affairs

Election History
2008generalMark Begich (D) 151,76747.8
Ted Stevens (R) 147,81446.5
Bob Bird (AKI) 13,1974.2
Frederick Haase (LIBERT) 2,4830.8
Ted Gianoutsos (X) 1,3850.4
Roll Call Vitals

2014 Race Rating

(District: AK-A)
Tilts Democrat

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Alaska is 21st on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.


Twitter Followers (@SenatorBegich)

Sen. Mark Begich has no appearances on Sunday talk shows.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) has the most appearances so far this year.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.