Riders could trouble spending bills

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Controversial policy language being attached to spending bills in the U.S. Congress could be trouble for the appropriations bills' passage, aides said.

Escopeta says fine possible for moving rig

HOUSTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Oil drilling firm Escopeta Oil and Gas Co. said it is negotiating a potential fine for using a Chinese service to move a drilling platform to Alaska.
Suspicious powder sent to Senator a concrete material

Suspicious powder sent to Senator a concrete material

FAIRBANKS, Alaska, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Packets of a white powder sent to the home offices of Alaska's congressional delegation were found to be a substance used in making concrete, the FBI said.

Alaska anxious over gas pipeline plans

JUNEAU, Alaska, April 2 (UPI) -- Plans for expanded domestic oil and gas production shows U.S. lawmakers are keen to make an Alaskan gas pipeline a national interest, Alaskan officials said.
Palin, state GOP want election do-over

Palin, state GOP want election do-over

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, April 3 (UPI) -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has joined the state GOP in calling on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich to resign and run against former Sen. Ted Stevens in a special election.
Alaska GOP calls for special Senate race

Alaska GOP calls for special Senate race

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, April 2 (UPI) -- The Alaska Republican Party said U.S. Sen. Mark Begich should resign so former Sen. Ted Stevens can have a chance to win back his seat in a special election.
Stevens leaves behind big lobbyist ties

Stevens leaves behind big lobbyist ties

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska will leave behind a virtual industry of lobbyists devoted solely to him when he exits the Senate next month, observers say.
Delayed count shows high Alaska turnout

Delayed count shows high Alaska turnout

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Alaska's Nov. 4 voter turnout, initially thought to be suspiciously low, may actually end up breaking records, officials said.

Stevens loses ground in Alaska balloting

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, was poised to lose his re-election bid as his Democratic challenger saw his lead grow in ballot counting, analysts said.
Stevens falls behind in Alaska vote count

Stevens falls behind in Alaska vote count

JUNEAU, Alaska, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Ballot counting in Alaska indicates U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, has fallen slightly behind Democratic challenger Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich.
Stevens apparently will return to Senate

Stevens apparently will return to Senate

JUNEAU, Alaska, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, convicted of failing to report cash and gifts on his Senate disclosure forms, held a slim lead in his bid to be re-elected.
Stevens: 'I have not been convicted'

Stevens: 'I have not been convicted'

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, who was convicted this week on seven federal felony counts, says he has "not been convicted of anything yet."
Indicted U.S. senator wins Alaska primary

Indicted U.S. senator wins Alaska primary

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Indicted Sen. Ted Stevens has bested six challengers and won the Republican primary in Alaska.

Some GOP nominees to skip convention

WASHINGTON, July 25 (UPI) -- Nine Republicans facing tough U.S. Senate races will pass up, or are considering passing up, the GOP convention, The National Journal reports.

Hollywood women target U.S. Senate races

LOS ANGELES, June 18 (UPI) -- Female Hollywood power brokers are backing Democratic U.S. Senate candidates looking to take on GOP incumbents, sources told a political Web site.
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Mark Begich
Mark Begich (D-AK) participates in the re-enactment of his swearing-in with Vice President Dick Cheney in the Old Senate Chambers on Capitol Hill in Washington on January 6, 2008. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

Mark Peter Begich (pronounced /ˈbɛɡɪtʃ/; born March 30, 1962) is the junior United States Senator from Alaska and a member of the Democratic Party. A former mayor of Anchorage, he served on the Anchorage Assembly for almost ten years prior to being elected mayor in 2003. In the highly competitive 2008 Alaska Senate election, Begich defeated incumbent Ted Stevens, the longest serving Republican member of the Senate of all time.

Born in Anchorage, he is the son of U.S. Representative Nick Begich, who disappeared and was presumed dead following a 1972 plane crash. He graduated from high school and has taken continuing education classes at University of Alaska Anchorage, but does not have a college degree. At age 26 he was elected to the Anchorage Assembly. After serving as chairman for three years, he left the Assembly in 1998. Begich ran two unsuccessful campaigns for mayor in 1994 and 2000. He was finally elected in 2003, winning a narrow three-way race by 11 votes.

Begich handily won the Democratic nomination in the state's 2008 U.S. Senate election. He faced longtime incumbent Republican Ted Stevens, who was facing ethics and corruption charges during his re-election campaign. Stevens was convicted of felony violations a week before the election, and Begich won by a narrow margin.

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