Post-election assignments continue


The new Alaska state Senate majority now has 13 members.

Sen. Gary Stevens of Kodiak has joined the majority, and will be chairman of the Senate's Education Committee.

Stevens had been Senate president for the last four years when the bipartisan coalition held power.

Sen. Bert Stedman of Sitka has also joined the majority and will chair the Senate Health and Social Services Committee.

New Senate President Charlie Huggins, a Wasilla Republican, made the announcements yesterday.

Going into Tuesday's elections, the Senate was comprised of 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans, with six Republicans joining Democrats to form the bipartisan majority.

The GOP won at least 12 seats in the general election.

Two other races are still too close to call.