Chris Birch

District: M
Party: Republican
Toll-Free: 800-870-4931

Session Contact
State Capitol Room 125
Juneau AK, 99801
Phone: 907-465-4931
Interim Contact
1500 W. Benson Blvd.
Anchorage AK, 99503
Phone: 907-269-0205

Senator Chris Birch
District M, Republican

Place of Birth:

  • Sterling, Illinois

Residency in Alaska:

  • 50 years
  • Anchorage 1991-present
  • Fairbanks 1968-1991
  • Chandalar Lake, Brooks Range 1959-1968 - seasonally


  • Engineer


  • Spouse - Pam
  • Adult Children-Logan and Tali
  • 4 grandchildren


  • University of Alaska, M.S. Engineering Management 1975-1979
  • University of Alaska, B.S. Mining Engineering 1968-1972

Political and Government Positions:

  • Alaska State Legislature, Senate District M present
    • Resources, chair, present
    • Community & Regional Affairs, member, present
    • Education, member, present
    • Labor & Commerce, member, present
  • Alaska State Legislature, House District 26 Representative 2017-2019
    • Resources, member
    • Labor & Commerce, member
    • State Affairs, member
  • Anchorage Municipal Assembly 2005-2014, South Anchorage Representative
  • Chugach Electric Association 1997-2005, Board and Chair
  • Mid-Hillside Community Council, Board and President
  • Valli-Vue Homeowner's Association, Board and President

Business and Professional Positions:

  • Registered Civil Engineer, Alaska 1978-present
  • VP Business Development, NANA 2007-2011
  • Principal-in-Charge, W.H. Pacific/ASCG 2005-2007
  • Senior Engineer, Environment and Planning, Anchorage International Airport 1998-2004

Service Organization(s) Membership:

  • Anchorage East Rotary
  • Anchorage Chamber of Commerce
  • Alaska State Chamber of Commerce
  • Alaska Support Industry Alliance
  • Commonwealth North
  • Resource Development Council
  • Alaska Miners Association

Special Interests:

  • Family, community, hiking, fishing, camping, skiing & photography.

Senator Chris Birch's family has a proud history in Alaska, beginning in 1944 when his father, Frank Birch, served in the US Marine Corps, stationed in Adak. After the war, Frank returned to Alaska with his wife, Bettijeanne, where he worked as a mining engineer and she as a geologist.

Growing up in mining camps near Fairbanks and the Brooks Range, Chris chose to follow in his father's footsteps, earning a Bachelor's degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1972 and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management in 1979. As a licensed professional engineer, he has had broad experience in both public and private sector business operations and management.

This professional experience coupled with his service on the Assembly, along with many other community organizations in Fairbanks and Anchorage, have been instrumental in preparing him to offer the leadership, budget discipline, and experience necessary to move our state forward in challenging times. His focus has been, and will continue to be, on how best to invite investment, generate private sector jobs, and recognize the strength and capacity of Alaska's workforce.