Reggie Joule from Kotzebue today announced he won’t run for another term in the House. He’s been a member there for sixteen years. Since his first election, Joule has been a strong voice for a large assortment of rural issues, from clean water to transportation. For the past two years, he pushed for rural energy-related projects and chaired the Northern Waters Task Force that gave rise to the Arctic Policy Commission this year.
In recent years, Joule has also been the public face to efforts to restore the Bush Caucus — an informal group of legislators from coastal districts not on the state’s road system.
Joule is a Democrat, but allied his district with the Republican-dominated majority caucus in the House two years ago. His district includes most of Northwestern Alaska.