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Representative Dan Ortiz

Representative Dan Ortiz (Alaska House District 36)

Dear Reader,

It is an honor and a privilege for me to be able to live in Southern Southeast Alaska for nearly 60 years, and more recently, to serve as a Representative in the Alaska House since 2014. District 36 is comprised of Hydaburg, Hyder, Ketchikan, Loring, Metlakatla, Meyers Chuck, Saxman and Wrangell, and it is my job to ensure that our government is “of, by, and for the people.”

Ketchikan has been an extraordinary place for me to grow up and a wonderful place for my wife Lori and I to raise our children. I graduated from Kayhi in 1976, left briefly to attend college and receive Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Washington and Wisconsin, and returned to Alaska to build my home and raise my family.

Since returning, I’ve worked as a fisherman, house painter, and tour guide, but my primary career has been in the field of education. For over 30 years, I taught AP Macro Economics, AP U.S. History, and J.A. Economics at Ketchikan High School. During that time, I also coached Kayhi’s cross-country and drama-debate-forensics (DDF) teams. I have been honored to receive accomplishments in a career that I loved:

  • VFW Teacher of the Year: In recognition of civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism.
  • American Legion Teacher of the Year (2012-2013)

In the Legislature, I serve as a majority member on the House Finance Committee. I am the Chair of the Education and Fish & Game finance subcommittees. In the past, I also served on the House Community & Regional Affairs and the House Transportation committees, and the Special Committees for Fisheries and Economic Development, Tourism, & Arctic Policy.

I strive to be an independent, intelligent, responsible, and collaborative voice for all of District 36.

There is a very real sense of community in our region that is becoming a rarity in our country as time progresses. As District 36 Representative, it has been a pleasure getting to know the people of southern Southeast Alaska even better. Like Ketchikan and Saxman, anyone who lives in the communities of Hydaburg, Hyder, Loring, Metlakatla or Wrangell, understands and can attest to the outpouring of love and support from people of all religious, social, economic and political backgrounds.

Getting re-elected to any political office is an undertaking that can only be achieved by ordinary citizens with the gumption and initiative to work hard while enlisting the help of friends and supporters. For this I thank you. As I file once again as a non-partisan independent for election to the Alaska State House of Representatives, I publicly re-affirm my pledge to listen first and represent the viewpoints of the residents of District 36. My “party” is the good people of Ketchikan, Saxman, Wrangell, Metlakatla, Hydaburg, Hyder, and Loring, Alaska.

Together, we form a Government by the people, for the people, and that remains a simple, but revolutionary concept. I am working for YOU!

Thank you,

Dan Ortiz

 

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