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And they’re off! Over the past week legislators old and new have relocated to Juneau for the 33rd Alaska State Legislature. Rep. Alyse Galvin had several women colleagues on her flight to Juneau, and roped them into a cute get-to-know-you Facebook live. And yes, I noticed she’s wearing “the blazer.” 💛
I thought for sure Reps. Allard or Gray were going to be the feisty ones this year. Fresh off her big win in court, Rep. Jennie Armstrong posted this aggressive victory lap. RESPECT. 💥💅
Just reflecting on some May 2019 memories and the big beautiful life @northroadben and I have been building ever since 🥰
Tomorrow I move to Juneau to start the next chapter! I’m so honored to serve my constituents and can’t wait to get to work. pic.twitter.com/sk9Xx8DhZV
— Jennie Armstrong (@JennieForAlaska) January 10, 2023
Some folks made appearances at the Capitol, others settled into their new digs. Sen. Dunbar wisely went straight to Pel’Meni.
I say it every year: the first day of the Legislature is a lot like the first day of school. Lots of photos like this.
Ready for the first day of session! pic.twitter.com/qhvzMQxY2u
— Sen. Bill Wielechowski (@SenWielechowski) January 17, 2023
Rep. Tomaszewski dusted off his 25-year-old hot fire python boots for the occasion.
Rep.-elect Frank Tomaszewski is wearing shoes made from python for the first day of the legislative session. They are 25 years old and taken out for very special occasions like getting sworn into office #akleg pic.twitter.com/syxdCnHjKr
— Sean Maguire (@SeanBMaguire) January 17, 2023
Rep. Groh paid this sweet tribute to his dad, a former lawmaker.
Getting sworn in this afternoon. Wearing my father’s watch for the first time in a long while to honor his extensive record of public service, including four years in the Alaska Legislature. #akleg pic.twitter.com/YIUFvfmFRT
— Cliff Groh for Alaska (@cliffgroh4ak) January 17, 2023
I’m just glad the adults are finally in charge. In these trying times, we need serious, mature leaders who are grounded in reality. Someone like Sen. Löki Tobin, who chose to sport a Star Trek Enterprise ring to her swearing in ceremony. 🖖😳
I hope all the incoming freshmen are keeping up with their reading. Rep. Dibert understood the assignment.
🤔 Something tells me I will be learning something new every single day of session. Our team has already rolled up our sleeves and we have hit the ground running. Our number one priority is helping the people of Fairbanks. pic.twitter.com/gb4npGUbnS
— Representative Maxine Dibert (@RepMaxineDibert) January 18, 2023
Leave it to Sen. James Kaufman to have the dorkiest reminder to be a team player and “good boy.” Or, maybe he just wanted an excuse to post that senate pin.
Rep. Jamie Allard is going with the exact opposite approach as James, and she’s got the giant wooden spoon to prove it. $5 she actually brought this to Juneau. 🤣
Maybe Jamie should leave the spoon at home and take a cue from Gov. Dunleavy, who was spotted last week cheerfully walking through the Capitol, stopping by everyone’s offices to say hi. Proud of Rep. Genevieve Mina for not going full former Rep. Les Gara on the ADN for that front page above the fold photo! OMG.
Today I swore into the Alaska House of Representatives to serve House District 19: Russian Jack, Mountain View, and Airport Heights. I am humbled by the support of everyone who helped me get here and feel so lucky that my friends and family could witness this milestone! #akleg pic.twitter.com/HO8MHXg9jX
— Rep Genevieve Mina (@rep_mina) January 18, 2023