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Session Office

January 18 - April 15

  • Phone: 907.465.4843

  • State Capitol Room 427
  • Juneau AK, 99801

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April 20 - January 15

  • Phone: 907.269.0181

  • 1500 W. Benson Blvd.
  • Anchorage AK, 99503


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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 
  • 5 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
  • Education Committee 2015-present
  • Health Committee, vice chair 2015-present
  • Labor & Commerce Committee 2015-present
  • Special Committee on the Arctic, co-chair - 2015-present
  • Community & Regional Affairs Committee, vice chair, 2013-2014
  • State Affairs Committee, vice chair, 2013-2014, member 2011-2012
  • Joint Administrative Regulation Review, vice chair, 2013-2014
  • Joint Legislative Budget & Audit Committee, 2013-present
  • Select Committee on Legislative Ethics, 2013-2014
  • Finance Subcommittee on Health, 2015-present
  • Finance Subcommittee on Department of Environmental Conservation, 2013-present
  • Finance Subcommittee on Department of Natural Resources, 2013-present
  • Finance Subcommittee on Department of Labor & Workforce Development, 2013-2014
  • Finance Subcommittee on the Legislature, 2011-2012
  • Arctic Policy Commission, 2011-2014
  • Labor & Commerce Committee, 2011-2012

Senate Caucus Work:

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

National Involvement:

  • National Legislative Organizations
  • Energy Council Executive Committee, 2013-present
  • 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

Council of State Governments-WestSave

  • Energy and Environment Committee, 2015-present
  • Canada Relations Committee, 2014-present

Energy Producing State Coalition

  • Member 2011-12, Chair Elect 2013-present

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission

  • Member, February 2014 to present

Organizations and Community Involvement:

  • Resource Development Council
  • Alaska Miners Association
  • Alaska Support Industry Alliance
  • Anchorage Chamber of Commerce
  • Pioneers of Alaska
  • National Rifle Association
  • Heritage Christian School Board 1992-1999
  • Community Pregnancy Center Board 2004-2010

Awards and Recognitions:

  • 2015 Legislative Award, Alaska Professional Hunters Association
  • 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 36 ~ Optometry & Optometrists

SB 36 modernizes and updates the Alaska Optometry Statute, as the language is antiquated, with some language over 50 years old. This bill allows the optometry board the authority to regulate its practice the same as the other prescribing health professions such as dentistry, medicine and nursing.

SB 37 ~ Pharmacy Board & Employees; Drug Distribution/Manufacturing

Passage of Senate Bill 37 will create a more secure drug supply chain by allowing for licensing and inspection of wholesale drug distributors outside of the state. Currently, Alaska is one of the few remaining states that does not license out-of-state wholesale drug distributors.

SB 38 ~ Pharmacy Benefits Managers

Passage of Senate Bill 38 will establish procedures and guidelines for the auditing of pharmacy records so that all pharmacies are held to the same standards by its auditors. It has been introduced by request of the Alaska Pharmacists Association.

SB 49 ~ Physical/Occupational Board Therapy/Practice

Senate Bill 49 amends the governing statutes for physical therapists and occupational therapists practicing in Alaska. Its amendments are technical in nature and are designed to bring Alaska statutes in line with national standards and terminology.

SB 50 ~ Increase Studded Tire User Fee

SB 56 ~ Consumer Protection & Product Warranties

SB 108 ~ Licensing of Physicians, Osteopaths and Podiatrists

Outdated and overly cumbersome statutes and regulations are interfering with the ability of our medical community to meet the needs of Alaskans, resulting in delays of licensure that negatively impact both doctors and patients. A fully qualified doctor in good standing should not be required to wait months to obtain a license to serve our state, and that is what this bill is seeking to remedy.

SB 120 ~ Licensing of Naturopathic Doctors

Current law provides little definition of what naturopathic doctors can and cannot do. This has led to very conservative regulatory interpretations over the years, resulting in Alaska having some of the more restrictive regulations in the nation. The practicing environment has become so limited that some naturopaths have actually stopped practicing in Alaska and moved to more competitive markets.