Mark Begich provides strategic counsel to clients based on his extensive hands-on experience working in politics, first as mayor of Anchorage from 2003-2009 and then as a U.S. Senator representing Alaska from 2009-2015. Over the course of his career, first as a businessman and then during his time working in local and national politics, Mark has developed a nuanced understanding of how politics impacts industry, with a focus on the energy industry and development policy.
Mark’s experience on both sides of the business-politics equation inform his unique yet pragmatic approach that delivered results time and again in the Senate. It is that unique knowledge that makes him a sought-after advisor for clients working in a variety of industries affected by policies and regulations.
As a senator, Mark served in the leadership of the majority party as Chairman of the Steering and Outreach Committees and the Oceans Subcommittee as well as the Emergency Management and Disaster Committee. He also served on Appropriations, Commerce, Budget, Veterans, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Armed Services and Indian Affairs Committees. During his time in the Senate, Mark broke down bureaucratic barriers to critical energy development projects, was an advocate for veterans on health care access - particularly in rural communities, and also worked extensively on other energy, education and housing issues. Prior to his time as mayor, Mark served on the Anchorage Assembly for ten years and worked as a businessman before entering politics.
Mark advises the firm’s Government Relations Department as an affiliated advisor.