Message from US Senator Mark Begich
Dear Fellow Democrat:
With the challenges of an international recession, two wars and tough fiscal challenges, my first four years as Alaska’s first Democratic U.S. senator in two generations have been filled with promise and frustration.
My focus has been on getting things done for Alaskan families in three specific areas: jobs and keeping Alaska’s economy healthy; ensuring that our military and national security providers have all they need to keep us safe; and protecting Alaskans’ freedoms and interests.
When I took office in early 2009, America was facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Alaskans were sheltered from the worse of it but were not immune, suffering the highest level of joblessness in a decade. Thanks to initiatives I supported, such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, our economy is turning around and Alaskans are optimistic about the future.
I’ve used every opportunity in my meetings with President Obama and his top officials to push for Alaska development. That’s paying dividends already with new development in the Arctic, approval of new mine projects and incentives for small business expansion.
I’m honored to serve as the first Alaskan on the Senate Armed Services Committee since the Vietnam War and used my position to fight for America’s troops, including nearly 30,000 active duty Alaskans.
When it comes to protecting Alaska’s freedoms and interests, I haven’t been bashful to stand up for Alaskans. I am proud to stand up for our Second Amendment rights and protect Alaskans’ privacy. From fair pay for women to health care reform, I worked to insure that Alaska’s unique needs are addressed.
Thank you for your continuing support and please visit my website at: begich.senate.gov for additional information about my office.
United States Senator