- DOB: August 2, 1958 (Waukegan, Illinois)
- Family: Married 2001-2009 to Tatiana Borisovna Greengar (immigrated from Moscow, Russia, 1994)
- Alaska resident 53-plus years (1963 - present); current residence: Kohring Subdivision, Wasilla, Alaska (1976 - present)
- Education: B.A. (Management Science), M.B.A., Alaska Pacific University (Anchorage, Alaska); student body chair/president (1987-1988)
- Member, City of Wasilla Planning & Utilities Commission (1991-1994); chairman; appointed by Mayor John C.
Stein to 2 terms; member, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation Board of Directors (1991-1994); first/second vice chairman; appointed by Governor Walter J. Hickel to 2 terms
- State legislator - Alaska House of Representatives (1995-2007); elected to 7 consecutive terms, representing the City of Wasilla, portions of the Matanuska Valley
and Chugiak/Peters Creek
- Chairman, Oil & Gas Committee, Alaska Legislature
(2003-2007); chairman, House Transportation Committee (2001-2003); chairman, House Finance Budget Subcommittee for the Departments of Commerce & Economic Development, Law, Community & Regional Affairs, Education, Administration, Environmental Conservation
and Natural Resources (between 1995 and 1999)
- Founder/executor of New Life
Ministries and the legal advocacy Seeking Truth & Justice; owner of BuildRight Alaska, LLC (general contractor); writer/author
- Life member, National Rifle Association; member/former member, Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce, Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, Iditarod Trail Committee and U.S. Energy Council, Dallas, Texas (representing
the Alaska Legislature's Oil & Gas Committee)
Additional background information:
June 2016 marked
53 years since my family's arrival in Alaska from Lake Zurich, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. I was four at the time when we drove the Alaska-Canada Highway or "ALCAN," pulling a homemade trailer containing our entire life possessions. We crossed the border into
Alaska on June 30, 1963. After spending the summer camping in a six-man tent on the beach near near Ninilchik and elsewhere, our family settled in Chugiak on Birchwood Loop Road. We survived the March 1964, 9.2 Great Alaska Earthquake - the second largest
in recorded history - nine months after our arrival and about a hundred miles from the quake's epicenter.
Our family lived in a small house built in the
1950's from surplus lumber from nearby Fort Richardson. Our 400 square foot home (essentially a large cabin built on creosote posts) was heated with a fireplace by wood harvested from local trees and coal from Buffalo Mine outside Palmer. We had no running
water after the earthquake collapsed our hand dug well, so water was drawn from a creek from the nearby Chugach Mountains at Moose Horn. We initially had no telephone service except for a military hand crank phone connected with a few neighbors from wires
strung through the woods.
My siblings and I were raised on salmon, moose and caribou and vegetables from our large garden and gleemed from farm
fields in Palmer. We lived a frugal, simple lifestyle, but our close-knit family of seven was happy and comfortable thanks to loving, hardworking, Christian parents determined to make a better life for us. We attended Church in the Wildwood in Eagler River,
which was originally housed in a quonset. In 1969, we moved to Anchorage and remodeled a 1920's-era house that was relocated from downtown to the south part of town close to where the Dimond Center Mall, the state's largest, exists today.
I worked with my father in construction contracting following my graduation from Dimond High School in 1976. Our family moved to Wasilla that summer on a large parcel my
father and I developed into Kohring Subdivision. Flag (as in U.S. flag) Circle, our street, was originally constructed by me as a 17-year old, using a 1940's Caterpillar D7 cable dozer, a Case 580B backhoe/loader and an old military dumptruck. I remain living
in the subdivision to this day.