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State Visits

On the Road with CSG West: Alaska

By Jacqueline Tinetti

Left to right: Jackie Tinetti, Speaker of the House Cathy Tilton, and Edgar Ruiz

CSG West staff – Edgar Ruiz and Jackie Tinetti – were in Juneau February 14-15, where they engaged with policymakers about CSG West programs, events, and services. They received a warm welcome from members and legislative staff.

The capitol was busy with committee hearings and floor sessions, and in between CSG West staff met with Senate and House leadership, many of the newest members, the staff of the Legislative Services Agency, and a brief hallway chat with Governor Mike Dunleavy.  A key objective of the visit was learning about members’ legislative priorities, their desire to work effectively individually and as a body on behalf of Alaskans, and how CSG West can provide support.

Left to right: Edgar Ruiz, Senate President Gary Stevens, and Jackie Tinetti

The highlight of our time at the capitol was the WLA Alumni lunch, where colleagues across chambers and parties come together to reminisce about their WLA experience and encourage those eligible to apply.  We value the strong support of WLA Alumni in promoting this unique and powerful professional development opportunity to their new colleagues.

A focus of discussion was the Western Legislative Academy, and the unique professional development opportunities offered by CSG West through Westrain and the Henry Toll Fellowship program.

Another popular topic was the 76th CSG West Annual Meeting that will convene in Universal City, California August 1-4. We thank our Liaisons – Senate President Gary Stevens, House Speaker Cathy Tilton, and Representative Craig Johnson for their time and hospitality.  We appreciate the floor introductions by Senator Cathy Giessel and Representative Craig Johnson, respectively.  

Thanks to all for your engagement and support – we wish you much success in the legislative session.

Left to right: Jackie Tinetti, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy, and Edgar Ruiz