Tom Begich speaking on the floor of the Senate chamber in the Alaska State Capitol in May 2019
|Minority Leader of the Alaska Senate|
|Assumed office |
January 15, 2019
|Preceded by||Berta Gardner|
|Member of the Alaska Senate|
from the J district
|Assumed office |
January 17, 2017
|Preceded by||Johnny Ellis|
Thomas Scott Begich
October 31, 1960
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
|Relatives||Nick Begich (father)|
Mark Begich (brother)
|Education||Bard College (BA)|
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Tom's father was Nick Begich, an Alaska state senator from 1960 until 1970, when he beat future U.S Senator and Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski for Alaska's at-large congressional district. Nick disappeared as he was campaigning for re-election on October 17, 1972, while on a small plane flight in Alaska along with U.S. House Majority Leader Hale Boggs. He won his election over Republican Don Young, posthumously, then was declared dead on December 29, 1972. In 1984 and 1986, Nick's widow, Margaret "Pegge," ran against Nick's successor, Don Young, for the seat her husband had formerly held. Tom was a delegate to the 2004 Democratic National Convention. His brother, Mark Begich, served on the Anchorage Assembly from 1988 to 1998 and was the mayor of Anchorage from 2003 to 2009. Mark won the 2008 U.S. Senate general election, defeating 40-year incumbent Republican Ted Stevens, but lost re-election in 2014. Their brother, Nick Jr., is an author and conspiracy theorist. Tom's uncle, Joseph Begich, served 18 years in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
- "Alaska District J State Senate Results: Tom Begich Wins". New York Times. February 10, 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
- Hillman, Anne (August 8, 2016). "Replacing a legacy: running for Senate Seat J". Alaska Public Media. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
- Anderson, Rick (November 3, 2015). "In 1972, Two U.S Representatives Boarded a Plane and Disappeared. What Happened?". Seattle Weekly. Seattle, WA. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
- Minnesota State Legislature, Biography, Joseph R. Begich, retrieved June 2, 2014
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