Whether it’s dipnetting on the Copper or Kenai Rivers, splitting wood at his cabin in Homer, picking blueberries at Arctic Valley or teaching his 6-year old to ski at Russian Jack Springs Park, Bill Wielechowski has always felt blessed by all that Alaska has to offer.
Bill’s passion for Alaska is what’s driven him to be so involved in his East Anchorage community – first in the Northeast Community Council, where he has long helped out with local events and was picked by his neighbors to serve as President, then on the Anchorage School District Budget Review Team, and on the Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission. His volunteerism led to Bill being selected to Leadership Anchorage and to being recognized as one of Alaska’s Top 40 under 40 by the Anchorage Chamber and Alaska Journal of Commerce.
In 2006, Bill’s neighbors selected him to represent them in the Alaska State Senate. He’s become a tenacious voice for Alaskan families, seniors, active duty military and veterans. Senator Wielechowski has earned a reputation as one who is never afraid to speak his mind when it comes to standing up for his constituents – but who listens to the ideas and concerns of the community and works hard to deliver results.
Standing up for Alaska
Since coming to the Senate, Bill has fought tirelessly to make Alaska a better place to live and work by promoting economic development, investing in infrastructure, fighting to protect earned benefits for our service members and veterans, investing in renewable and alternative energy, increasing incentives for oil production and providing a living wage for Alaskan families.
With high energy costs on the mind of all Alaskans, in 2010 Senator Wielechowski championed the Alaska Sustainable Energy Act. This legislation established a statewide energy policy that recognizes the importance of Alaska’s fossil fuel resources but also identifies Alaska’s vast renewable energy potential and provides the tools to move Alaska toward a more sustainable future. For these efforts he was recognized as a Legislator of the Year by the Alaska Power Association.
A champion for our service members and veterans, Senator Wielechowski has passed numerous pieces of legislation to honor and assist our active duty members and veterans. He presided over Alaska’s first Decoration of Honor ceremony that honored those Alaskan service members killed in action since statehood. He passed legislation to help recently-separated veterans find civilian jobs. He fought for funding to move a Veterans Service Office into East Anchorage, for funding to help protect our military installations and personnel during federal Base Realignment and Closure rounds, and to protect our service member’s PFD’s and other earned benefits. For his efforts, Senator Wielechowski was recently recognized by the Vietnam Veterans of America as their national legislator of the year.
Working with his colleagues, Senator Wielechowski has secured millions of dollars to improve the roads, parks, schools and public safety in East Anchorage. He’s been recognized twice by the Public Safety Employees as their legislator of the year.
In the end, Bill knows that it’s all about public service and doing what’s best for East Anchorage, Elmendorf and Alaska. So if you have any questions, ideas or concerns, don’t hesitate to call or write.