Glenn “Mike” Prax (R) was sworn in to the Alaska House of Representatives on Feb. 24 after Republicans in the state House confirmed him to the District 3 seat on Feb. 21. Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) appointed Prax from a field of three candidates on Feb. 18 to fill the seat left vacant when former Rep. Tammie Wilson (R) resigned in January 2020.
Like Wilson, Prax previously served as a member of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly. The Anchorage Daily News reported that Prax is a “well-known conservative activist in the Fairbanks area” and that he expressed his intent to run for re-election to the seat in 2020 if confirmed.
Prax’s appointment fills the only vacancy in the Alaska state legislature in 2020. After Prax assumed office, the partisan composition of the Alaska House of Representatives was 23 Republicans, 15 Democrats, two independents, and zero vacancies. Although Republicans hold a majority in the chamber, a coalition of 15 Democrats, four Republicans, and two independents elected Bryce Edgmon (undeclared) as House speaker in February 2019.
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