Mark Begich

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Mark Begich is currently serving as a Senator from Alaska

Mark Begich a Democrat, has represented the state of Alaska in the Senate since 2009.

Positions, record and controversies

Education

Begich believes that the No Child Left Behind law has been a disaster for Alaska. Begich says on his campaign website that he will work to return to an education policy that respects community values, and fight to return control to Alaska’s parents and educators. Begich supports federally-supported voluntary pre-K education, expanded support for higher education, both college and vocational education. [1]

Ethics

Begich says this about ethics on his campaign website, "Alaskans expect their elected officials to live by the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and transparency. Unfortunately, Alaskans have been let down by their elected officials. Secret meetings, hidden favors, special access for special interests, and now convicted legislators have given Alaska a black eye."[1]

Iraq

Begich supports redeploying American troops out of Iraq as soon as it is possible to do so safely. He also supports providing the resources to replace damaged equipment, investing in necessary training for the troops, full education and medical benefits and care for veterans. [1]

Iran

On 15 June 2012, Begich co-signed a letter written by 44 US Senators to President Obama requestion a cessation of the P5+1 negotiations with Iran.[2] Philip Weiss terms it "a terrifying letter". This comes on the heals of a new round of draconian sanctions imposed against Iran.

Global warming

Begich supports conservation, using renewable energy and promoting innovation to help slow the effects of global warming. [1]

Healthcare

Begich says he supports expanding State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to 250 percent of the poverty level ($66,000 for a family of four), allowing those up to age 25 to keep their parent-provided coverage regardless of student status, tax credits to help small businesses buy into the federal health care insurance plan and create incentives for states to create pooling opportunities for small businesses and non-profits. He also supports fully funding the Veterans Administration, the expanded use of generic medicines in publicly-funded programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, giving seniors the option to buy prescriptions directly through Medicare and investing more in basic preventative care and wellness programs. Begich would also support policies that ensure that nobody is turned away from healthcare because of a pre-existing condition.[1]

The Economy

Begich supports an aggressive target of producing at least 25% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2025, expandeding federal tax incentives for renewable energy development,a new national Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund to help retrofit public buildings with energy efficient technology, a new federal funding program that rewards schools that adopt sustainable, high-performance building and reconstruction standard, and bipartisan proposals for a new financing system to rebuild our public infrastructure, including roads and highways, bridges, drinking water and wastewater systems, and public transportation system. Begich also supports getting affordable and reliable high speed internet for rural areas, increasing federal research funding, including funding for a new energy research block grant program that focuses on renewable energy and energy efficiency innovation, increased funding for middle and high school career, technical programs and teacher recruitment, new funding to expand the number of trained workers who can conduct home energy audits, install energy-efficient technologies, build energy-efficient homes and businesses, and maintain alternative energy vehicles of the future. [1]

Taxes

Mark Begich supports extending the tax cuts that work, like the marriage penalty relief and the increased child tax credit. He would like to create tax-free individual homeownership accounts that will allow families to save money for a down payment on their first home, expand the Child Tax Credit to help new parents cover the “start-up costs” of caring for a young child by adding a $1,000 tax credit for each of the first three years of a child’s life, double the current $6,000 Dependent Care Credit to help cover child care expenses, expand the Dependent Care Credit to include care-giving expenses paid on behalf of an elderly parent. He also wants to bring a broad-based college and vocational education tuition tax break for all middle class Americans by providing deductions of up to $10,000 per year. [1]

Veterans

Begich supports creating a special health pass or “heroes health card ” to provide veterans with care in their own communities through coordination between local doctors and the federal government, fully-funded Veterans Administration,increased funding for specialized counseling and support for veterans and family members faced with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). He also supports new incentives to recruit mental health professionals to the VA that have the appropriate training and expertise to treat PTSD and TBI, providing full education benefits to veterans, and mental health screening, benefits counseling, and job placement services offered through a network of community based transition programs.He also says he would push for more claims workers and electronic claims filings to reduce the bureaucratic delay too many veterans face.[1]

Bio

Begich was previously the mayor of Anchorage, Alaska. [3]

2008 elections

Begich was the Democratic nominee seeking to challenge Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) in the 2008 congressional elections.[4][5] He won in primary elections which took place on August 26, 2008. [6] [7]. Begich went on to defeat incumbent Ted Stevens in November 2008 general elections. [6]

Money in politics

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Campaign contributions

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Committees and affiliations

Committees

Begich will be assigned committees shortly.

Affiliations

More background data

Contact

Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 On the Issues
  2. Philip Weiss, 44 Senators, including many Democrats, sign AIPAC letter to Obama against Iran negotiations, MondoWeiss, 16 June 2012.
  3. Meet Mark page
  4. 2008 Race Tracker page on Alaska’s Senate Race
  5. Begich for U.S. Senate website
  6. 6.0 6.1 “Alaska 2008 General Election,"The Green Papers, August 27, 2008
  7. Rachel Kapochunas, "Young Leads (Barely) in Alaska Primary Count, as Stevens Survives",CQ Politics, August 27, 2008

External resources

External articles

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. Senate
111th Congress
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Committees: Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Senate Committee on Armed Services
110th Congress
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Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 2008
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2009
Next Election:
November 4, 2014
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Yes
Previous Political Work?
Anchorage Assembly from 1988-1998, Mayor of Anchorage from 2003-2008
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. Anchorage Senate Office, 222 W. 7th Avenue Suite 569, Anchorage, AK 99513
Phone: 907-271-5915 / Fax:
2. Fairbanks Senate Office, 101 12th Avenue, Room 206, Fairbanks, AK 99701
Phone: 907-456-0261 / Fax:




Campaign Contact:

Website: Mark Begich for US Senate
Webform Email: info@begich.com / Email: info@begich.com

Campaign Offices:

1. P.O. Box 240287, Anchorage, Alaska 99524
Phone: 907-272-6275 / Fax:



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Date of Birth: March 31, 1962