Hughes to replace Dunleavy on Senate Finance Committee

Majority Leader Peter Micciche, R- Soldotna, Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, and Sen. Shelley Hughes, R-Palmer, (left to right) talk during an at-ease on the Senate Floor, April 6, 2017. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)
Majority Leader Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, and Sen. Shelley Hughes, R-Palmer, (left to right) talk during an at-ease on the Senate Floor, on April 6. Hughes is set to replace Dunleavy on the Senate Finance Committee. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

When Sen. Mike Dunleavy left the Senate majority last week, he knew it meant he would lose some of his official positions of power.

The Wasilla Republican found out what the fallout is likely to be Tuesday.

The Senate Committee on Committees recommended that he lose two committee seats. The Senate is likely to make the changes Wednesday.

If the Senate approves, then Dunleavy would lose his seat on the powerful Senate Finance Committee, and his seat as chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee.

Palmer Republican Shelley Hughes would replace Dunleavy on Finance.

And Anchorage Republican Kevin Meyer replaces Dunleavy as chairman of State Affairs.

Kodiak Republican Gary Stevens would replace Hughes as the Education chair.

Dunleavy would gain a seat on the Judiciary Committee.

Dunleavy left the caucus in order to oppose the budget. He called for maintaining Permanent Fund dividends and making deeper budget cuts.

Andrew Kitchenman

State Government Reporter, Alaska Public Media & KTOO

State government plays an outsized role in the life of Alaskans. As the state continues to go through the painful process of deciding what its priorities are, I bring Alaskans to the scene of a government in transition.

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