Senator
Shelley Hughes



Email: Senator.Shelley.Hughes@akleg.gov
District: F
Party: Republican
Toll-Free: 800-565-3743


Session Contact
State Capitol Room 30
Juneau AK, 99801
Phone: 907-465-3743
Fax: None
Interim Contact
600 E. Railroad Ave
Wasilla AK, 99654
Phone: 907-376-3725
Fax: 907-376-4768

Date/Place of Birth:

  • Canton, Ohio - 01/06/58
Residency in Alaska:
  • Resident of District 11 since 1990
  • Resident of Alaska since 1976
  • Resident in following Alaskan communities 1976-1990: Hoonah, Bethel, Fort Yukon, Fairbanks, Seward
Occupation:
  • Government Affairs Director, Alaska Primary Care Association 10/05 - 11/11
  • Special Projects Volunteer Director, Crossroads Community Church, Palmer 01/95 - 12/05;
  • Contract Academic Instructor, Mat-Su Pre-Trial Facility, Palmer Correctional Center 10/98 - 12/03;
  • Summer Theatre Conservatory Director, LCCP/Haines VPA/Wasilla 1999, 2000, 2003;
  • Substitute Teacher, Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District 09/95 - 05/97;
  • Fort Yukon School District Resource Center Assistant 08/87 - 05/88;
  • Data Coordinator/Secretary, Phillips Alcoholism Treatment Center, Bethel, Alaska 11/85 - 11/86;
  • KYUK Newscaster, Volunteer, Bethel, Alaska 09/85 - 05/87;
  • Teacher, Mount Bethel Christian School, Hoonah, Alaska 09/76 - 09/81;
  • Proud Stay-at-Home Mother of 4 (interspersed with contracts and part-time work) 1980 - 2003
Family:
  • Husband - Roger (married 38 years)
  • Children - Peter, Clara, Emily, and Tyler
  • Grandchildren - Keithan, Caden, Noah, Owen, Avelyn
Education:
  • University of Alaska, Bachelor of Arts in English, 2002. Summa cum Laude. Rhetoric.
  • Cuyahoga Community College, Assoc. of Arts, 1985. Magna cum Laude, Valedictorian. Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Alaska Public Health Association Health Achievement Award 2009
  • Betsey K. Cooke Advocacy MVP Award 2008
  • Chancellor’s Scholar 2001
  • National Collegiate Mathematics Award 2002
  • English Department Scholarship Award Spring 2002
  • International English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Military:
  • Alaska All Academies Association, Founder, Past-President
    • (support organization for cadets/plebes and families at 5 military academies)
  • Son and Son-in-Law: USAF Reserves, USAF Officer, Active Duty
  • Husband: Vietnam Veteran
Other Political and Government Positions:
  • Legislative Aide for Representative Gatto, Alaska State Legislature 12/03 - 01/05
Service Organizations and Community Involvement:
  • Alaska All Academies Association, Founder, Past-President
  • Alaska Outdoor Council
  • Commonwealth North
  • American Association of University Women
  • Resource Development Council
  • Make Alaska Competitive Coalition
  • National Rifle Association
  • Mat-Su Republican Women’s Club
  • Valley Republican Women’s Club
  • Wasilla Chamber of Commerce
  • Palmer Chamber of Commerce
  • Mat-Su Health Foundation
  • Mat-Su Business Alliance
  • Palmer Toastmasters
  • Palmer Lions Club
  • Alaska State Fair
  • State Agriculture and Rural Leaders - Alaska Representative
  • Outdoor Heritage Council
  • Recover Alaska
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development
  • NCSL Redistricting and Elections
  • CSG Public Safety and Justice Task Force
  • Troop 49 Girl Scouts
  • Boy Scouts Bear Paw Council Nominating Committee
  • Mat-Su Young Life Executive Committee
  • Galena Young Life Executive Committee
  • Alaska Republican Assembly
  • Alaska Tourism Marketing Board
  • United for Liberty
  • NCSL UAS Partnership
Other Information:
  • Previous Volunteer Affiliations
    • Palmer Little League
    • Girl Scouts
    • Pioneer Peak PTA
    • Colony Middle School Band Boosters
    • Valley Festival of Arts
    • Colony High School Boys and Girls Basketball
Special Interests:
Grandchildren, Military, Church, Volunteer Work, Speed Walking*, Comedy, the Arts, Travel, Outdoors**
*I like the fact I walk so fast that I pass tall men in airports.
**My children have offered to teach me to snow board but I have not yet accepted the invitation.