During his tenure as U.S. Senator for Alaska, Begich earned the reputation of a hard-working, pragmatic problem-solver who was willing to work across party lines to get things done. Known for his tireless resolve, The Alaska Dispatch News said of him:
“He doesn’t blink at reality and knows how to deal. He may be the savviest politician in Alaska. No one will outwork him.”
Quickly rising to leadership positions, Begich was Chairman of both the Steering and Outreach Committee and the Oceans Subcommittee. He also served on influential committees including Appropriations, Commerce, Veterans, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Armed Services, and Indian Affairs.
In addition, Begich was appointed to the President’s Export Council, the national advisory board to the White House on important export and trade policy. Begich was also named Chair of the bipartisan U.S.-China Inter-parliamentary Group aimed at improving trade relations between the U.S. and China.
Prior to serving in the Senate, Begich was the Mayor of Anchorage for six years and served on the Anchorage Assembly for ten years.
Outside of public service, Begich has earned recognition not only as a successful businessman, but also as an engaged member of the community. From serving on the University of Alaska Anchorage Board of Regents, as the chair of the Alaska Student Loan Corporation and with the Alaska Commission on Post Secondary Education, he has sought out opportunities to enrich the future of Alaska wherever and however he can.
Begich looks forward to continuing to seek out opportunities to bring the time-honored Alaskan values of working together and finding common ground to solve problems.
Begich is married to Anchorage businesswoman Deborah Bonito and they have a young son, Jacob.