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Personal Profile

hughes_wallstreet.pngShelley Hughes

District F, Republican

In 1976, Shelley, a teenager at the time, moved to Hoonah then lived in Bethel and Fort Yukon, followed by a brief time in Fairbanks, Seward, and finally settled in Palmer, District F, twenty-seven years ago. Her time off the road system in rural Alaska included a five year stint in a cabin without running water or electricity, and periods without owning a car – using a boat, a 3-wheeler, and a snowmachine instead. Shelley met and married her husband, Rock (Roger), during these years of adventure; in 2018 they’ll celebrate their 40th anniversary.

Prior to her service to the people of Alaska, Senator Hughes held the policy affairs directorship at the Alaska Primary Care Association. The three decades leading up to this healthcare work were filled with acquiring a degree, running a small business, teaching, directing church, school and theater programs, advocating for local infrastructure, and her favorite and most rewarding part of her career: being a stay at home mom raising four amazing children who are now incredibly successful, contributing members of society who have blessed her with the five most adorable grandchildren on the planet (she thinks anyway).

Both a visionary with heart and an effective facilitator with smart, good sense for Alaska, Senator Hughes tackles the challenges our state faces, leading through consensus building and with a can-do attitude. She loves Alaska and its people and is committed to ensuring opportunities abound for a bright future. Hughes is particularly keen on promoting economic and resource development and diversification opportunities in Alaska, including through the use of 21st century emerging technologies, and by workforce preparation via effective, innovative education models.

With the historic challenges Alaska faces, you may wonder why Shelley stepped up at a time such as this. She put it this way: “I figure if my son and son-in-law, who together deployed ten times in dangerous situations, could stand up and serve our country, the least I can do is stand up and serve our district and our state in a tough fiscal situation.”

Shelley’s current favorite pastime is getting down on the floor and playing with her younger grandkids as well as having deep conversations about life with her teenage grandsons. Her stress relievers are comedy (she has a weakness for watching late night stand-up) and cutting a rug (not particularly good at it – she just loves to move to music). Her son is still waiting to teach her to snowboard and her marksmanship needs work, but she’s proud her speedwalking usually out paces tall men at airports. Oh, and she enjoys warm ocean breezes on the beach under a moonlit sky.

Date/Place of Birth:

  • Canton, Ohio - 01/06/58

Residency in Alaska:

  • Resident of District F since 1990
  • Resident of Alaska since 1976
  • Resident in following Alaskan communities 1976-1990: Hoonah, Bethel, Fort Yukon, Fairbanks, Seward, Palmer 1990 to present


  • Policy Affairs Director, Alaska Primary Care Association 10/05 - 11/11
  • Special Projects Volunteer Director, Crossroads Community Church, Palmer 01/95 - 12/05
  • Contract Academic Instructor, Mat-Su Pre-Trial Facility, Palmer Correctional Center 10/98 - 12/03
  • Summer Theatre Conservatory Director, LCCP/Haines
  • VPA/Wasilla 1999, 2000, 2003
  • Substitute Teacher, Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District 09/95 - 05/97
  • Fort Yukon School District Resource Center Assistant 08/87 - 05/88
  • Data Coordinator/Secretary, Phillips Alcoholism Treatment Center, Bethel, Alaska 11/85 - 11/86
  • KYUK Newscaster, Volunteer, Bethel, Alaska 09/85 - 05/87
  • Teacher, Mount Bethel Christian School, Hoonah, Alaska 09/76 - 09/81
  • Proud Stay-at-Home Mother of 4 (interspersed with contracts and part-time work) 1980 - 2003


  • Husband - Roger, married 1978
  • Children - Peter, Clara, Emily, and Tyler
  • Grandchildren - Keithan, Caden, Noah, Owen, Avelyn


  • University of Alaska, Bachelor of Arts in English, 2002. Summa cum Laude. Rhetoric.
  • Cuyahoga College, Assoc. of Arts, 1985. Summa cum Laude, Valedictorian. Cleveland, Ohio.

Awards & Scholarships

  • Alaska Public Health Association Health Achievement Award 2009
  • Betsey K. Cooke Advocacy MVP Award 2008
  • Chancellor’s Scholar 2001
  • National Collegiate Mathematics Award 2002
  • English Department Scholarship Award Spring 2002
  • International English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi


  • Alaska All Academies Association, Founder, Past-President
    (support organization for cadets/plebes and families at 5 military academies)
  • Son and Son-in-Law: USAF Reserves, USAF Officer, Active Duty
  • Husband: Vietnam Veteran

Other Political and Government Positions:

  • Legislative Aide for Representative Gatto, Alaska State Legislature 12/03 - 01/05

Service Organizations and Community Involvement:

  • Alaska All Academies Association, Founder, Past-President
  • Alaska Outdoor Council
  • Commonwealth North
  • American Association of University Women
  • Resource Development Council
  • National Rifle Association
  • Mat-Su Republican Women’s Club
  • Valley Republican Women’s Club
  • Wasilla Chamber of Commerce
  • Palmer Chamber of Commerce
  • Mat-Su Health Foundation
  • Mat-Su Business Alliance
  • Palmer Lions Club
  • Alaska State Fair
  • State Agriculture and Rural Leaders - Alaska Representative
  • Outdoor Heritage Council
  • Recover Alaska
  • Troop 49 Girl Scouts
  • Boy Scouts Bear Paw Council Nominating Committee
  • Mat-Su Young Life Executive Committee
  • Galena Young Life Executive Committee
  • Alaska Republican Assembly
  • United for Liberty
  • NCSL UAS Partnership

Previous Volunteer Affiliations

  • Palmer Little League
  • Girl Scouts
  • Pioneer Peak PTA
  • Colony Middle School Band Boosters
  • Valley Festival of Arts
  • Colony High School Boys & Girls Basketball