District: N
Party: Republican
Toll-Free: 800-892-4843

Session Contact
State Capitol Room 427
Juneau AK, 99801
Phone: 907-465-4843
Fax: 907-465-3871
Interim Contact
745 W. 4th Ave. Suite 220 Ro
Anchorage AK, 99501
Phone: 907-269-0181
Fax: 907-269-0184

Senator Cathy Giessel

District N, Republican

Place of Birth:

  • Fairbanks, Alaska

Residency in Alaska:

  • Lifetime


  • Registered Nurse
  • Advanced Nurse Practitioner


  • Husband- Richard
  • Adult Children-Peter (daughter in law, Taryl), Elisabeth, David 
  • 4 grandchildren


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing -University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Masters of Science in Nursing -University of Alaska Anchorage

Alaska State Senate: 2011-present

  • Natural Resources Committee, chair, 2013-present
  • Community & Regional Affairs Committee, vice chair, 2013-present
  • State Affairs Committee, vice chair, 2013-present, member 2011-2012
  • Joint Administrative Regulation Review, vice chair, 2013-present
  • Joint Legislative Budget & Audit, 2013-present
  • Select Committee on Legislative Ethics, 2013-present
  • Finance Subcommittee on Department of Labor & Workforce Development, 2013-present
  • Finance Subcommittee on Department of Environmental Conservation, 2013-present
  • Finance Subcommittee on Department of Natural Resources, 2013-present
  • Arctic Policy Commission, 2011-present
  • Labor & Commerce Committee, 2011-2012
  • Finance Subcommittee on the Legislature, 2011-2012

Senate Caucus Work:

  • Joint Legislative In-State Gas Caucus
  • Joint Outdoor Heritage Caucus

National Involvement:

  • National Legislative Organizations
  • Fiscal Policy Task Force
  • Energy Council Executive Committee, 2013
  • Energy Producing States Coalition, Chair – Present

Pacific Northwest Economic Region

  • Legislative Energy Institute graduate, 2012
  • Arctic Caucus
  • Workforce Committee, co-chair, 2012-2013
  • Delegate (Alternate), 2013

National Conference of State Legislatures

  • Energy, Transportation, and Agriculture Committee

Council of State Governments-WestSave

  • Energy and Public Lands Committee
  • Canada Relations Committee

Energy Producing State Coalition

  • Member 2011-12, Chair Elect 2013-present

Western States

  • Forestry committee

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission

  • Member, February 2014 to present

Organizations and Community Involvement:

  • Resource Development Council
  • Alaska Miners Association
  • Alaska Support Industry Alliance
  • Chambers of Commerce in: Soldotna, Kenai, Cooper Landing, Seward, Anchorage
  • Pioneers of Alaska
  • National Rifle Association
  • Heritage Christian School Board 1992-1999
  • Community Pregnancy Center Board 2004-2010

Awards and Recognitions:

  • 2013 Legislator of the Year, Alaska Miners Association
  • 2012 Legislator of the Year, Associated Builders and Contractors
  • 2010 Exceptional Leader, National Council of State Boards of Nursing
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, inducted 2006
  • Anchorage Republican Woman of the Year, 2007

Special Interests:

  • Cross country skiing, biking, hiking, running, shooting, textile crafts, my grandchildren