House Minority Leader to step down


by Your Alaska Link News Team

JUNEAU- House Minority Leader Beth Kerttula is resigning from the Alaska Legislature for a fellowship with her alma mater, Stanford University.
The Juneau Democrat has served in the House since 1999 and as minority leader since 2007. She resigned her leadership post Tuesday and will resign from the Legislature on Friday.
Minority whip Chris Tuck will succeed her as leader.
The resignation will leave the caucus with nine members until a new member is appointed. Ten is the minimum required for a formal minority. House Speaker Mike Chenault says he plans no change in the number of minority members on committees.
Kerttula will serve as visiting fellow with the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford. Her office says it's a one-year position, with an opportunity to extend it for another year.

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