Serving Chugiak, Peters Creek, Eklutna, Fairview Loop, Butte, Lazy Mountain, Gateway & Palmer
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JUNEAU – The Alaska Senate today unanimously voted for a resolution urging the U.S. to issue a presidential permit allowing a railroad crossing between Alaska and Canada.
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-nine 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; more than four decades later, they're delighted to continue life's journey together.
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 seven 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.
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 really enjoys fishing, and of course, also 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
- Husband - Roger, married 1978
- Children - Peter, Clara, Emily, and Tyler
- Seven Grandchildren
- 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.
- 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
Service Organizations and Community Involvement:
- Alaska All Academies Association, Founder, Past-President
- Alaska Outdoor Council
- Alaska Republican Assembly
- Alaska State Fair
- American Association of University Women
- Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce
- Civil Air Patrol
- Commonwealth North
- Galena Young Life Executive Committee
- Mat-Su Health Foundation
- Mat-Su Republican Women’s Club
- Mat-Su Young Life Executive Committee
- National Rifle Association
- Outdoor Heritage Council
- Palmer Chamber of Commerce
- Palmer Lions Club
- Resource Development Council
- State Agriculture and Rural Leaders - Alaska Delegate
- Troop 49 Girl Scouts
- Valley Republican Women’s Club
- Wasilla Chamber of Commerce
Legislation more >
Senate Bill 60 outlines the duties and powers of the Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF) and allows trained members to bear arms.
Alaska has had a large achievement gap for too many years, resulting in some of the lowest graduation rates and testing scores in the nation and putting our students in a poor position on a global basis We can do better...
Senate Bill 81 updates the Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Act to allow cooperatives the ability to
assimilate twenty-first-century technology into their governance process and to update their name...
SB 113 represents a commitment from the legislature to elevate the quality of the teachers and the prestige of the teaching profession in Alaska in order to promote improved student learning and academic achievement...
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- Eagle River
- Jewel Lake, Kincaid, Turnagain, Lake Hood, Sand Lake, Spenard, Dimond, Campbell Lake
- Midtown, Dimond, Huffman, Klatt, Southport, Bayshore, Oceanview
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- Wasilla, Meadow Lakes, Knik Big Lake, Point MacKenzie, Goose Bay, North Fairview
- Mat-Su, Delta Junction, Valdez, Copper River Valley, Talkeetna, Valdez
- North Pole, Farmers Loop
- UAF & University West, Chena Ridge, Cantwell, Nenana, Tanana, Kenny Lake, Tok, Copper Center & Tanana
- Adak, Bethel, Cold Bay, King Cove, Sand Point & Unalaska
- Barrow, Nome, Kotzebue, Hooper Bay, Northeast + Northwest Alaska