Late this afternoon the House Republican Caucus, who will be in the minority in the next legislature, released their organization and leadership positions.
That leadership will include Rep. Charisse Millett as Minority Leader, Rep. Mike Chenault as Minority Whip, and Rep. Dan Saddler as Floor Leader. The new minority organization also includes a new position not typically seen recently, Minority Finance Leader, which will be filled by Rep. Lance Pruitt.
One notable addition to the Houe Republican Caucus is Rep. Lora Reinbold of Eagle River. She had been tossed out of the Republican-lead majority caucus in 2015 for not voting with the organization on the budget, which she considered bloated.
Here is the House Republican Caucus’ press release and a breakdown of preliminary committee assignment tweeted out this afternoon by KTVA’s Liz Raines.
NEW HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS RELEASES ORGANIZATION
Leadership, committee assignments announced
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, Anchorage, Alaska — The new 18-member House Republican Caucus today released its organization, and stands ready to work with the incoming House Majority, Alaska Senate and Governor’s Administration.
The leadership team of the new House Republican Caucus consists of House Minority Leader Charisse Millett, House Minority Whip Mike Chenault, Minority Floor Leader Dan Saddler, and Minority Finance Leader Lance Pruitt.
The Floor Leader will assist the House Republicans with motions and issues that arise during floor sessions, and will coordinate the communications and press for the House Republicans. The Finance Leader will guide the caucus on issues pertaining to Alaska’s budget and fiscal issues.
A full committee roster, pending approval by the Committee on Committees, is attached to this release.
Members of the House Republican Caucus include: Representatives Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski; Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage; Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage; Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake; Lora Reinbold, R-Anchorage; Dan Saddler, R-JBER/Eagle River; Dave Talerico, R-Healy; Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks; Cathy Tilton, R-Wasilla; Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole; and Representatives-elect Chris Birch, R-Anchorage; David Eastman, R-Wasilla; DeLena Johnson, R-Palmer; Jennifer Johnston, R-Anchorage; Gary Knopp, R-Soldotna; Chuck Kopp, R-Anchorage; George Rauscher, R-Sutton; and, Colleen Sullivan-Leonard, R-Wasilla.