Thomas Wagoner

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Tom Wagoner
Member of the Alaska Senate
from the Q district
In office
January 21, 2003 January 15, 2013
Preceded by Jerry Ward
Succeeded by Peter Micciche
Personal details
Born (1942-09-19) September 19, 1942 (age 76)
Pylesville, Maryland, United States
Political party Republican
Other political
affiliations
Republican Moderate (2002)
Residence Kenai, Alaska
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.

Alaska Senate

The Alaska Senate is the upper house in the Alaska Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Alaska. It convenes in the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau, Alaska and is responsible for making laws and confirming or rejecting gubernatorial appointments to the state cabinet, commissions and boards.

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Biography

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. [1]

Pylesville, Maryland Census-designated place in Maryland, United States

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.

A Bachelor of Arts is a bachelor's degree awarded for an undergraduate course or program in either the liberal arts, sciences, or both. Bachelor of Arts programs generally take three to four years depending on the country, institution, and specific specializations, majors, or minors. The word baccalaureus should not be confused with baccalaureatus, which refers to the one- to two-year postgraduate Bachelor of Arts with Honors degree in some countries.

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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. [1] Wagoner unsuccessfully ran for the Alaska House of Representatives in 1986, losing to incumbent Democrat Mike Navarre. [2]

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Mike Navarre is an American politician who currently serves as mayor of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula Borough. He formerly served in the Alaska House of Representatives.

Alaska Senate

In 2002, Wagoner, a former Republican, ran for the Alaska Senate from District Q as a member of the Republican Moderate Party. It was initially a four-way race between him, Democrat Pat Hawkins, Green Party candidate Thomas Stroman, and incumbent Republican Jerry Ward; however Hawkins dropped out shortly before the election and endorsed Wagoner in an effort to unseat Ward. [3] Wagoner was also endorsed by state Senator John Torgerson. [4] He won the election by a 1-point margin over Ward, but re-registered as a Republican the day after the election. [5] [6] [7]

Republican Party (United States) political party in the United States

The Republican Party, also referred to as the GOP, is one of the two major political parties in the United States; the other is its historic rival, the Democratic Party.

The Republican Moderate Party of Alaska is a political party in Alaska formed by Ray Metcalfe in 1986 as an alternative to what Metcalfe perceived to be a Republican Party dominated by the religious right. Only one candidate has ever won an election, a 2002 race for the state senate, but that candidate re-affiliated with the Republican Party the day after the election. The Republican Moderate Party has extensive litigation-related history, due in no small part to its minor party status. Previous cases have included ballot access rights and an early challenge to its name by the Republican Party of Alaska. After a record of success in the 1990s, its support has slowly dwindled, ending with just 0.63% of the 2002 gubernatorial election. State law requires that 3% of registered voters vote for a party or be registered to it for recognition. A court challenge initially overturned this law, holding that it was more restrictive than what the state required of independent candidates, but resulted in the original law being upheld by the Alaska Supreme Court on the grounds that a party candidate has more impact than an independent candidate. The party has since been recognized by the state again. As of October 2010 there were 2,719 members statewide.

Jerry Ward is an American politician and businessman.

Wagoner was challenged by Ward in the 2004 Republican primary, but he won 47%–37%, with Scott D. Hamann taking 16%. [8] [9] He easily won the general election over independent candidate Robert E. Merchant, taking 77% of the vote. [10] Wagoner won the 2008 Republican primary over Jim Kauffman, and the general election over Democrat Nels Anderson. [11] [12] In 2012, he was redistricted to District O and was defeated in the primary by Peter Micciche, 59%–41%. [13] [14]

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Peter A. Micciche is an American politician and a Republican member of the Alaska Senate since January 15, 2013 representing District O. Micciche was previously the mayor of Soldotna, Alaska, and a member of its city council.

Personal life

Wagoner and his wife, Dorothy, have 2 children: Denise and Dawn. [1]

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