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Senator Bert Stedman is a fourth-generation Alaskan. In 1908, the Stedman family homesteaded in Kake, where Bert's great-grandfather operated a fox farm and worked as a hunting guide and shipwright. Senator Bert Stedman attended Sitka High School, where he was a founding member of the Sitka swim team. He long-lined and seined throughout Southeast Alaska. After graduating in 1974, he worked in the heavy construction industry and continued to fish commercially for several years. Senator Stedman graduated from the University of  Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He then returned to Sitka and founded Pioneer Capital Management. Bert has  successfully operated this personal investment services firm from 1986-2016. Bert  served eight years on the Sitka Planning and Zoning Commission and four years on the Sitka Assembly, including one year as deputy mayor. In 2003, Governor Frank Murkowski appointed Senator Bert Stedman to the Alaska State Legislature as a State Senator. Senator Stedman was then elected to the seat in 2004 and reelected in 2008, 2012 as well as in 2016. Senator Stedman is currently the Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and is a member of the Senate Resources Committee, Senate Community & Regional Affairs Committee, and the Legislative Council Committee.