Blogs by Rep Bob Lynn

Blog site of Representative Bob Lynn, Alaska House of Representatives,District 31 Anchorage, Alaska. Blogs consist of public comments during legislative sessions, speeches, political commentary, as well as personal observations, and some journal type entries. Comments are invited.

Location: Anchorage, Alaska, United States

Member of the Alaska State House of Represeentatives since 2003. US Air Force, Retired; military bandsman; F94C interceptor pilot; Vietnam service as radar controller (Monkey Mountain), radar site commander(Pleiku); Government Contract Management; Public school Teacher, Retired. Married 55 years to Marlene Wagner Lynn, 6 children, 20 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. Member St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church. Former Tucson Arizona policeman, Ambulance Driver and Mortician's Assistant, Realtor (currently on referral status).

Thursday, November 06, 2008


Our House Republican Majority met Wednesday and Thursday at the Alyeska Hotel in Girdwood for the “organization” that occurs biannually after elections (“Organization” – what a concept!). The purpose of the meeting is for the newly elected (or re-elected) Republicans to elect the Speaker of the House, Majority Leader, Rules Chair, and the Co-Chairs of the Finance Committee. Collectively, these leadership positions comprise the “House Leadership” that sets the tone in representing the Republican Caucus as a whole.

In some respects, this is the second campaign and election of the two year election cycle - and I'm here to tell you it can be just as tense and exciting as the general election. Obviously, everybody doesn’t get the position or committee they want. It is, after all, a political process.

The organizational meeting is a closed door caucus, and that’s quite legitimate. There is no legislation to consider because no legislation will be introduced until January. It’s also a discussion of personnel matters, which is always private. There are always political factions within a caucus (same with the Democrat caucus) that need to be reconciled, or at least accommodated to some degree. Votes for Caucus leadership, and for Committee Chairs, are by secret ballot, if there’s more than one candidate for a position. Basically, what we do and say in the organizational meeting is “family business.”

The new elected Speaker of the House is Rep. Mike Chenault from Nikiski, the new Majority Leader is Rep. Kyle Johanssen from Ketchikan, and Rep. John Coghill from North Pole is once again Chair of the Rules Committee. I was re-elected as Chair of the State Affairs Committee, and I’m very pleased with that. Committee membership in non-elected positions will be determined December 1st.


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