The Republican-dominated majority of the Alaska House of Representatives has organized with a familiar face in the speaker’s chair. A majority announcement says Nikiski Representative Mike Chenault will return for a third term as speaker.
Anchorage Representative Lance Pruitt, who holds a 96-vote lead over Democrat Pete Peterson, was picked as majority leader.
Chugiak Representative Bill Stoltze and Kodiak Representative Alan Austerman were selected as Finance Committee co-chairmen.
In the Senate, Sitka Republican Bert Stedman and Juneau Democrat Dennis Egan have announced they’re joining the 14 member majority caucus. Egan is the first democrat to do so.