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Background Information

Employment History


Soapy Smith's Pioneer Restaurant


District 10 Republicans

District 10 Chairman

Republican Party of Alaska


District 10 Republicans

Resources Committee

Resources Committee

Chairman of the Affairs Committee
House Military and Veterans


bachelor's degree

political science

Southern Oregon University

Monroe Catholic High School

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Alaska Cruise Association | Monthly E-news [cached]

Nick Stepovich, owner of Soapy Smith's Pioneer Restaurant on Second Avenue, agreed. Business is down. He hadn't yet crunched the numbers for his eatery to learn by how much.

"We're finding out you need to hustle a little more to get a customer," Stepovich said.

News-Miner - Past News [cached]

Stepovich to fill vacancy in House

Gov. Frank Murkowski appointed local restaurant owner Nick Stepovich to the House of Representatives as the replacement for newly elected Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Jim Whitaker.
Stepovich, 45, chairman for the District 10 Republicans, will serve out the little more than a year remaining in Whitaker's term.
He takes over a House district that covers mostly East Fairbanks, beginning east of Cushman Street and running south to the Tanana River, with the majority of the district's area consisting of Fort Wainwright.Of the district's 13,300 voters, 6,700 are registered on base.
Stepovich, owner of Soapy Smith's Pioneer Restaurant in downtown, said his ties with the Republican party and his relationship with the Interior delegation will prove beneficial as a legislator.
Eric Engman/News-Miner TO JUNEAU--Nick Stepovich, left, is congratulated by state Rep.Jim Holm, right, after Stepovich was named as Jim Whitaker's replacement in House District 10 by Gov.
Stepovich comes from a family with strong community ties and a political pedigree.
He was born in Juneau while his father, Mike Stepovich, was serving as territorial governor.He graduated from Monroe Catholic High School and earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Southern Oregon University.

Opinion - Editorial: Mining Key for Alaska [cached]

Alaska State Legislature's Representative Nick Stepovich

Nick Stepovich is the Representative for District 10, Downtown Fairbanks, and sits on the House Resources Committee, House Transportation Committee, and is Chairman of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.
Nick Stepovich is the Representative for District 10, Downtown Fairbanks, and sits on the House Resources Committee, House Transportation Committee, and is Chairman of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

House Majority Announces New Committee Assignments [cached]

"It makes sense to have Representative Stepovich stepping into a leadership role during his first session.

Representative Nick Stepovich (R-Fairbanks)
Representative Nick Stepovich (R-Fairbanks)
Representative Nick Stepovich (R-Fairbanks), Chair

News-Miner - Past News [cached]

Nick Stepovich hasn't said much yet on the floor of the state House of Representatives.But then, he's acting on expert advice.

The job has fulfilled a longtime aspiration for Stepovich--the eighth of 13 children--who said he's long had a desire to be involved in the decisions that shape Alaska.
Stepovich got a political science degree from Southern Oregon University and spent time in a couple of unrelated occupations--working on the pipeline and working as a clerk at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange--before opening Soapy Smith's Pioneer Restaurant downtown in 1990.He still owns and runs the restaurant.
Even as he was establishing his business, the lifelong Republican was taking leadership roles in the GOP, including serving as chair of his own district and for the entire northern region of Alaska.
Stepovich said he had always planned on running for office, but he got the opportunity to serve when Whitaker announced his intention to run for mayor and then recommended Stepovich for his House seat.
Stepovich and two other Republicans in the district were forwarded to Murkowski as possibilities, and Murkowski chose Stepovich after interviewing him in Fairbanks. Stepovich and two other Republicans in the district were forwarded to Murkowski as possibilities, and Murkowski chose Stepovich after interviewing him in Fairbanks.
Stepovich said he plans to run for the seat again when his term ends this year.Right now, though, he has the unenviable task of starting in the middle of a legislative term, and three weeks into the 2004 session he is still finding his footing.
His office--Fairbanks Republican Rep.Jim Holm's old space--still isn't fully decorated.He has a book on his desk called "The Unwritten Rules of Behavior in the Capitol," explaining the rudiments of how to be a fully functioning legislator.He's been watching, listening, seeking advice from all corners and working on "a tremendous amount" of paperwork in trying to learn how to do what he said is a demanding job.
"You have to represent your community, your district, the best possible way you can and that's hard to do when you're at the disadvantage of not knowing everybody and everything here," Stepovich said."And so it's been a little bit of a learning process, but I'm up for the challenge."
And as hard as it may be to adjust to new surroundings, Stepovich said it's also difficult to be away from the old ones.He left behind a business, a wife and a 10-month-old daughter.
"I'm not a little kid or anything, but I get homesick," he said."You can go a lot of places, but home is home.Fairbanks is home."
Stepovich expects a large chunk of his contributions as a legislator to come through his committee work.He's a member of the House Transportation and Resources committees and chairman of the House Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee.
Stepovich has strong convictions about resource development, arguing that private Alaska companies should have a bigger slice of the pie.
"I'd like to see them have a role in resource development," he said."Meaning a local Alaskan pumping oil, local Alaskans having cruise ships. ...I think the role of local Alaskan businesses in our economy, there's just not a big enough role."
And Stepovich said he hopes to use his chairmanship of the military committee to help support Fort Wainwright, which lies in his district.He said he will overcome his own lack of a military background with help from the post, the American Legion and his constituents, as well as the other members of the committee.
"I want to make sure there's an open line between Representative Stepovich's office and the people who have needs and issues," he said.
Stepovich hasn't sponsored any legislation yet, though he said some may be in the works.Stepovich--who considers himself a fiscal conservative, but said he's "open-minded"--said he's not out to make any drastic changes.Rather, he said he wants to properly represent his constituents, and to participate in the work of the caucus and of the Legislature.
"I'm not so presumptuous that I think I'm going to rewrite statutes or change the constitution or anything," he said."I'm one of 28 in the caucus, I'm one of 40 in the House.

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