Lipgloss & Leadership Business Summit 2018: Lesil McGuire

Youngest member of the Alaska Senate

Ms. McGuire attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon beginning where she majored in both political science and speech.  She also served two years as an intern and press aide for Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska before graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

After college she attended law school at Willamette University College of Law, graduating with a juris doctorate in 1998. In law school she worked for Willamette Law Review, the school’s legal journal. After graduation, she returned to Alaska and clerked briefly for Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot before taking a position as an aide to the Alaska State House Judiciary Committee. She is a German Marshall Fellow and a Henry Toll Fellow.

In 2000, at the age of 29, she won election to the Alaska House of Representatives.  She was the youngest member of the Alaska State Senate.  She was also the first woman president of PNWER where she established the Arctic Caucus, in addition to her duties with the state. She is also active with CSG, otherwise known as the Council of State Governments, having served as the past chair of the Western Region. She has been a leader in energy and Arctic policy as well as women’s rights.



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