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  •  I have a question about Alaska (3+ / 0-)
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    have any Alaskan Native women been elected to office?

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    by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 12:56:04 PM PDT

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    •  Excellent question. (0+ / 0-)

      No current Native women legislators. However,

      Senator Lincoln is Athabaskan and served in the Alaska legislature for 14 years. She is the first, and as of this writing, the only Native woman who has been elected to the Alaska State Senate, where she championed issues of women and children as well as natural resource management. In 1996, she was the first Native woman to be a candidate for the US Congress from Alaska, and she has served as a mentor for women across the state within and outside of the Native community.

      Diane E. Benson (born 1954) is an Alaskan politician, inspirational speaker, video production consultant, published writer and dramatist. In August 2010, she became the Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor for the state of Alaska, defeating three other opponents in the Democratic primary on August 24, 2010.[1] Benson's running mate for Governor was Ethan Berkowitz, who lost in the general election. Benson lost to her Republican opponent by 22% of the vote.

      In March 2007, Benson filed in the state of Alaska to make her second bid for the U.S. House of Representatives, but was defeated by Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee "Red to Blue" candidate Ethan Berkowitz in the August 2008 Democratic primary.[2] Benson ran for Alaska governor in 2002 and for U.S. Congress in 2006.

      Alaska also lost it's strong African American Senator last year, Bettye Davis, in a close general election race due to partisan redistricting.  She had been a champion for women's issues in the Alaska legislature.

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