|Member of the Alaska Senate |
from the Q district
January 21, 2003 –January 15, 2013
|Preceded by||Jerry Ward|
|Succeeded by||Peter Micciche|
|Born||September 19, 1942|
Pylesville, Maryland, United States
|Republican Moderate (2002)|
|Education|| Eastern Washington University |
University of Alaska Anchorage
Thomas H. Wagoner (born September 19, 1942) is an American politician and businessman who served in the Alaska Senate from 2003 until 2013.
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Wagoner was born in 1942 in Pylesville, Maryland. He graduated with a BA in technical design from Eastern Washington University in 1966, and with a BA in education from there in 1969, later becoming a teacher in Kenai, Alaska. He later graduated with an MA from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1980. Wagoner has owned Wagoner Enterprises since 1977, Wagoner Rental Properties since 1988, and Cook Inlet Stone Products since 1992. He formerly owned Wagoner's Seamless Flooring from 1967 until 1968; Wagoner's Flooring from 1971 until 1975; and the Peninsula Flooring Center from 1986 until 1993.
Pylesville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Harford County, Maryland, United States. The population was 693 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Baltimore metropolitan area. Until 1958, this community was served by the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad at milepost 40.3.
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Wagoner served on the Kenai Harbor Committee from 1978 until 1980, on the Kenai City Council from 1980 until 1983, and as Mayor of Kenai from 1983 until 1986. He later served on the Alaska Post Secondary Committee from 1992 until 1994.Wagoner unsuccessfully ran for the Alaska House of Representatives in 1986, losing to incumbent Democrat Mike Navarre.
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