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Sam Kito III

Sam Kito III
Member of the Alaska House of Representatives
from the 33rd District
Assumed office
January 20, 2015
Preceded by redistricted
Member of the Alaska House of Representatives
from the 32nd District
In office
February 26, 2014 – January 20, 2015
Preceded by Beth Kerttula
Succeeded by redistricted
Personal details
Born 1964
Anchorage, Alaska
Political party Democratic
Residence Juneau, Alaska
Alma mater University of Alaska Anchorage (B.S., 1988)
Occupation politician, civil engineer

Sam Kito III (born 1964) is an American politician from Alaska. A Democrat, he has served in the Alaska House of Representatives as one of two representatives from Juneau since his appointment in 2014.

A lobbyist and civil engineer by trade, Kito was appointed to serve out the term of Beth Kerttula in House District 32 after she resigned in early 2014. Governor Sean Parnell selected him in February from among three nominees forwarded by the Tongass Democrats, passing over Juneau Assemblyman Jesse Kiehl and Juneau School District budget committeewoman Catherine Reardon.[1][2] He was sworn in on February 26, 2014, and joined the Democratic-led minority caucus.[3][4]

After his appointment, Kito ran for election to a full term in House District 33 (due to redistricting) and won in a landslide over Republican Peter Dukowitz.[5]

Personal life

Kito was born in Anchorage and lives in Juneau. He is of Tlingit and Japanese heritage.[6] He has a teenage daughter.[3] He is named for his grandfather, Sam Kito, Sr., a resident of Petersburg who was interned in a government camp in Idaho during World War II.[7]

References

  1. ^ Canfield, Jennifer (February 4, 2014). "Tongass Democrats deliver names for open House seat". Juneau Empire. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Sam Kito III Nominated to fill Rep. Kerttula's House Seat". KTUU. February 21, 2014. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Forgey, Pat (February 21, 2014). "Parnell picks Kito to replace Beth Kerttula in Alaska Legislature". Alaska Dispatch. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ Miller, Matt (February 26, 2014). "New Rep. Sam Kito III takes oath of office". KTOO. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ Moritz, Katie (November 5, 2014). "Big win for incumbents on Election Day". Juneau Empire. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Sam S. Kito-Democrat-House District 33" (PDF). Alaska Elections Division. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Amelia Kito". Juneau Empire. June 18, 2002. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 


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