Session Office

January 18 - April 15

  • Phone: 907.465.4843
  • Fax: 907.465.3871

  • State Capitol Room 427
  • Juneau AK, 99801

Interim Office

April 20 - January 15

  • Phone: 907.269.0181
  • Fax: 907.269.0184

  • 745 W. 4th Ave. Room 1
  • Anchorage AK, 99501


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Personal Profile


Senator Cathy Giessel

District N, Republican

Place of Birth:

  • Fairbanks, Alaska

Residency in Alaska:

  • Lifetime


  • Registered Nurse
  • Advanced Nurse Practitioner


  • Husband- Richard
  • Adult Children-Peter (daughter in law, Taryl), Elisabeth, David 
  • 4 grandchildren


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing -University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Masters of Science in Nursing -University of Alaska Anchorage

Alaska State Senate: 2011-present

  • Natural Resources Committee, chair, 2013-present
  • Community & Regional Affairs Committee, vice chair, 2013-present
  • State Affairs Committee, vice chair, 2013-present, member 2011-2012
  • Joint Administrative Regulation Review, vice chair, 2013-present
  • Joint Legislative Budget & Audit, 2013-present
  • Select Committee on Legislative Ethics, 2013-present
  • Finance Subcommittee on Department of Labor & Workforce Development, 2013-present
  • Finance Subcommittee on Department of Environmental Conservation, 2013-present
  • Finance Subcommittee on Department of Natural Resources, 2013-present
  • Arctic Policy Commission, 2011-present
  • Labor & Commerce Committee, 2011-2012
  • Finance Subcommittee on the Legislature, 2011-2012

Senate Caucus Work:

  • Joint Legislative In-State Gas Caucus
  • Joint Outdoor Heritage Caucus

National Involvement:

  • National Legislative Organizations
  • Fiscal Policy Task Force
  • Energy Council Executive Committee, 2013
  • Energy Producing States Coalition, Chair – Present

Pacific Northwest Economic Region

  • Legislative Energy Institute graduate, 2012
  • Arctic Caucus
  • Workforce Committee, co-chair, 2012-2013
  • Delegate (Alternate), 2013

National Conference of State Legislatures

  • Energy, Transportation, and Agriculture Committee

Council of State Governments-WestSave

  • Energy and Public Lands Committee
  • Canada Relations Committee

Energy Producing State Coalition

  • Member 2011-12, Chair Elect 2013-present

Western States

  • Forestry committee

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission

  • Member, February 2014 to present

Organizations and Community Involvement:

  • Resource Development Council
  • Alaska Miners Association
  • Alaska Support Industry Alliance
  • Chambers of Commerce in: Soldotna, Kenai, Cooper Landing, Seward, Anchorage
  • Pioneers of Alaska
  • National Rifle Association
  • Heritage Christian School Board 1992-1999
  • Community Pregnancy Center Board 2004-2010

Awards and Recognitions:

  • 2013 Legislator of the Year, Alaska Miners Association
  • 2012 Legislator of the Year, Associated Builders and Contractors
  • 2010 Exceptional Leader, National Council of State Boards of Nursing
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, inducted 2006
  • Anchorage Republican Woman of the Year, 2007

Special Interests:

  • Cross country skiing, biking, hiking, running, shooting, textile crafts, my grandchildren
Personal Legislation

SB 1: ALASKA MINING DAY:  "An Act establishing May 10 of each year as Alaska Mining Day; and providing for an effective date."    Full Bill Status >>

SB2: INTERSTATE MINING COMPACT & COMMISSION: "An Act enacting the Interstate Mining Compact and relating to the compact; relating to the Interstate Mining Commission; and providing for an effective date."   Full Bill Status >>

SB 7: CORPORATE INCOME TAX; FILM TAX CREDIT: "An Act relating to the computation of the tax on the taxable income of a corporation derived from sources within the state; relating to the ineligibility and eligibility of certain productions to receive a film production tax credit; and providing for an effective date."   Full Bill Status >>

SB 16: BD OF ARCHITECTS, ENGINEERS, SURVEYORS: "An Act relating to the Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors and to the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development."    Full Bill Status >>

SB 84: MILITARY YOUTH ACADEMY: "An Act relating to the Alaska Challenge Youth Academy; and providing for an effective date."   Full Bill Status >> 

SB 103: HOME SECURITY CONTRACTS: "An Act relating to automatic renewals of contracts for home security products or services; and relating to the Alaska Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act."   Full Bill Status >> 

SB 127: VEHICLE TRANSACTION AGENTS: "An Act authorizing the commissioner of administration to enter into agreements with agents to perform for compensation certain transactions related to vehicles; relating to the duties of those agents; and providing for an effective date."    Full Bill Status >>

SB 166:  BOARD OF NURSING; NURSES: "An Act relating to nursing and to the Board of Nursing."    Full Bill Status >> 

SB 169: IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM; VACCINE ASSESSMENTS: "An Act establishing in the Department of Health and Social Services a statewide immunization program and the State Vaccine Assessment Council; creating a vaccine assessment account; requiring a vaccine assessment from assessable entities and other program participants for statewide immunization purchases; repealing the temporary child and adult immunization program; and providing for an effective date."   Full Bill Status >> 

SJR 10: ARCTIC: POLICY, USCG, ARCTIC COUNCIL: Relating to the presence and interests of the state and the nation in the Arctic; appreciating the United States' ongoing offer to include a representative of the state on the Arctic Council; relating to icebreakers; and relating to United States Coast Guard operations and facilities in the Arctic.   Full Bill Status >>

SJR 15: OPPOSE INTERNATIONAL DESIGNATING OF LAND: Opposing any international designation of Alaska land or water as an international park, world heritage site, biosphere reserve, Ramsar site, or other classification of land or water that affects the use of land or water by the state or an Alaska Native corporation without approval by the United States Congress and the Alaska State Legislature; requesting the United States Department of State and the United States Department of the Interior to cease all further action related to an international designation for land and water in the state until the action is approved by the United States Congress and the Alaska State Legislature; requesting that the United States Congress pass legislation requiring Congressional approval of any international designation that affects the use of land or water by the state or the United States; requesting that the governor be involved in the process and development of any joint action plan; requesting that the state, including the departments responsible for the management of fish and wildlife and other natural resources, be an integral part of any discussion, agreement, understanding, or other process that affects the use or development of fish and wildlife and other natural resources in the state; and urging the governor and the attorney general to reserve all legal remedies for a taking of the natural resources of the state by an international designation of land and water in the state.     Full Bill Status >>

SJR 16: OPPOSE FEDERAL AID TO CERTAIN NONPROFITS: Urging the federal government to stop providing funding, through federal agencies, to nongovernmental organizations that oppose the development of Alaska's resources.     Full Bill Status >> 

SJR 22: OPPOSE WARRANTLESS DATA COLLECTION: Opposing the warrantless collection of telephone call data by the National Security Agency.    Full Bill Status >>

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