Date/Place of Birth:
12/02/50; Pomona, CA
Consulting Engineer, FishermanSpouse:CarolynChildrenJoseph, Rachel, Nicole
Residency in Alaska:
Ninilchik, 1950 - 74 ; Ketchikan, 1974 - 75; Anchorage, 1975 - present
Education: High School - Ninilchik, 1964-68
College/University - Oregon State University, B.S. Civil Engineering, 1972
Graduate - Stanford University, M.S. Civil/Environmental Engineering, 1973
Post Graduate - University of Alaska Anchorage, Arctic Engineering, 1976
Political and Government Positions:
Current - State Senator, 1993 - present; member, Senate Finance Committee; Subcommittee Chairman for University of Alaska, Department of Revenue, and Department of Environmental Conservation; Vice Chairman, Senate Rules Committee; member, Senate Labor & Commerce Committee; member, Legislative Council; member, Anchorage Caucus; member, Joint Armed Forces Committee; ex-officio member, Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, Public Advisory Group; member, American Legislative Exchange Council; Member, Pacific Fisheries Legislative Task Force; Executive Committee Member, Energy Council.
Former - Chairman, Senate Resources Committee; Chairman, Senate Labor & Commerce Committee; Chairman, Senate State Affairs Committee; Chairman, Senate Special Committee on Oil & Gas; member, Senate Community & Regional Affairs Committee; member, Joint Committee on Electric Utility Restructuring; member, Task Force on Deferred Maintenance; member, Senate Telecommunications Committee; Chairman & Commissioner, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission; Chairman, Pacific Fisheries Legislative Task Force; State Representative (1989 - 1993); member, Alaska Regional Marine Research Board; member, Anchorage Hazardous Materials Commission; member, Anchorage Local Emergency Planning Committee; member, Anchorage Breakthrough Committee; member, Civil Justice Task Force; member, Joint Task Force on Military Bases; member, Military Base Schools Task Force; member, Teacher of the Year Selection Committee; Co-Chairman, Legislative Children's Caucus; member, House Liability Insurance Task Force. Business and Professional Positions:
Consulting civil engineer; business owner, Loren Leman, P.E.; former Project Manager, CH2M Hill; Alaska Water & Wastewater Management Association; American Society of Civil Engineers; former director, Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association; Kenai Peninsula Fishermen's Association.
Service Organizations and Community Involvement:
Civilian Advisory Board member, Anchorage Armed Services YMCA; Air Force Association; Alaskans for a Drug-Free Youth; Director, Challenger Learning Center of Alaska; National Federation of Independent Business; National Rifle Association; Anchorage Chamber of Commerce; Resource Development Council; Arctic Power; Turnagain PTA; Turnagain Community Council; Anchorage Grace Brethren Church.
Family, reading, fishing, basketball, playing the accordion, Russian Alaska history.
Awards / Honors:
National "Civil Government Award"
American Society of Civil Engineers
"Defender of Freedom Award"
National Rifle Association
"Guardian of the Home Award"
Alaska Private & Home Educators Association
"Guardian of Small Business"
National Federation of Independent Business
"Friend of Emergency Medical Services Commendation"
Alaska Council on Emergency Medical Services
biography last updated 8/24/00
Engineer and Alaska State Senator