2016 GOTNV Elections Recap and Legislative Sessions Beginning
The 2016 election season has ended for both the presidential and state elections.
On November 8, 2016, Americans voted in favor of American businessman and former television personality, Donald Trump as president of the United States. President Trump took office after the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2017.
Republicans lead the Senate with 52 Republican seats compared to 48 Democratic Senate seats elected. Republicans also lead the House of Representatives at 241 Republican representatives compared to 194 Democratic representatives.
In Alaska, citizens voted for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski to serve another six years and for U.S. Rep. Don Young to serve another two years representing Alaska in Washington, D.C.
All Alaska state judges including Supreme Court, Superior Court, Court of Appeals and District Court were re-elected.
Ballot measure 1, supporting the Permanent Fund Dividend voter registration initiative, passed with a 64.57 percent vote. Ballot measure 2, supporting the reduction of interest rates for Alaska student loans, was thrown out with a “no” vote of 55.81 percent.
Legislative sessions began in Juneau, Alaska on January 17. Lasting for about four months, the Alaska Legislature will be meeting to revise new laws that will affect Alaska and pass a state budget. More information about what is on the schedule in Juneau can be found at www.akleg.gov.