|Member of the Alaska Senate|
from the G district
|Assumed office |
January 15, 2019
|Preceded by||Anna MacKinnon|
|Member of the Alaska House of Representatives|
from the 14th district
January 15, 2013 – January 15, 2019
|Preceded by||Anna Fairclough|
|Born||1964 (age 55–56)|
|Alma mater||Oral Roberts University|
Lora H. Reinbold (born 1964 in Fairbanks, Alaska) is an American politician and a Republican member of the Alaska House of Representatives since January 15, 2013 representing District 26. She is currently the only member of the Alaska State Legislature who is unaffiliated with a caucus organization, as she was ejected from the Republican-led majority caucus on March 16, 2015.
Reinbold voted against an operating budget put forward by the House majority caucus on March 13, 2015, defying caucus rules to do so. She argued that the draft budget did not make steep enough cuts to the University of Alaska system and was, in effect, not conservative enough. On March 16, House Speaker Mike Chenault announced that Reinbold had been kicked out of the majority caucus for her vote and stripped of most of her committee assignments. Her office staff was also cut from four to one.
Reinbold joined minority Democrats in voting against the operating budget again on April 27, 2015. The dissenters left the majority caucus short of the three-fourths majority needed to approve tapping Alaska's budget reserve to cover a $3.2 million deficit.
- 2012 Redistricting combined the Eagle River Valley and Southfork portions of former District 32 (represented by Republican Mike Hawker) and a portion of former District 17 (represented by Republican Anna Fairclough), creating a new District 26. Anna Fairclough, the new district's only incumbent resident, chose to run instead for a newly configured Senate seat, leaving the new District 26 seat open. Reinbold won the three-way August 28, 2012 Republican Primary with 1,610 votes (46.15%), and won the November 6, 2012 General election with 6,903 votes (72.53%) against Democratic nominee Roberta Goughnour.
- "Lora Reinbold". Juneau, Alaska: Alaska Legislature. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
- "Representative Lora Reinbold's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
- Moritz, Katie (March 16, 2015). "Reinbold booted from caucus". The Juneau Empire. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
- Gutierrez, Alex (March 13, 2015). "House Passes Leaner Operating Budget". Alaska Public Radio Network. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
- "Reinbold says she's gotten strong support for budget stance". The Washington Times. March 13, 2015. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
- Herz, Nathaniel (March 16, 2015). "Alaska House strips budget rebel of most of her committee assignments". Alaska Dispatch News. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
- Buxton, Matt (April 28, 2015). "Budget up in the air as Alaska legislative session ends". Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
- "State of Alaska 2012 Primary Election August 28, 2012 Official Results". Juneau, Alaska: State of Alaska Division of Elections. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
- "State of Alaska 2012 General Election November 6, 2012 Official Results". Juneau, Alaska: State of Alaska Division of Elections. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
- Official page at the Alaska Legislature
- Campaign site
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Lora Reinbold at 100 Years of Alaska's Legislature
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