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Cathy Giessel, RN, NP

Born & raised in Fairbanks
Father – Wien Airlines captain
Mother – homemaker & attorney


  • Fairbanks Catholic School through 8th grade
  • Graduated Lathrop High School
  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing, University of Michigan Ann Arbor
  • Masters of Science in Nursing, University of Alaska Anchorage

Husband Richard of 48 years, 3 married adult children, 7 grandchildren

Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner work in Anchorage, MatSu and remote rural Alaska

Served 10 years in the Alaska Senate (2011-2020) representing Eagle River Road and Hiland Road areas, East Anchorage, Stuckagain Heights, Anchorage Hillside, Indian, Bird, Girdwood, Whittier, Hope, Seward, Moose Pass, Cooper Landing, Sterling, Nikiski

Legislation passed:

  • Resource development
  • Healthcare costs and access
  • Children with disabilities
  • Arctic policy
  • Education and treatment for addictions
  • Foster care support
  • Behavioral health treatment access

Current volunteer community service:

  • Behavioral health board
  • School-based clinic volunteer
  • Health Fair volunteer
  • Foster care volunteer