Matt Claman was elected to represent West Anchorage in the Alaska State House of Representatives in November 2014 and is effectively representing the interests of House District 21 in challenging times. Matt sits on the Judiciary Committee, the Transportation Committee, and the Energy Subcommittee. He also serves on multiple budget subcommittees, including Public Safety. In his public service, Matt always puts Alaska first in working across party lines for common-sense, practical solutions. In the most recent session, Matt supported the bipartisan budget compromise; continuing our investment in education, including medical education, because it is our best investment; and building a strong economy with opportunities for Alaskans.
Matt served as Acting Mayor of Anchorage during the height of the national financial crisis and provided steady, careful leadership in challenging times. Before and after his service as Acting Mayor, he represented West Anchorage on the Anchorage Assembly (2007-2010). Recognizing Matt’s leadership abilities, the Assembly unanimously elected him Assembly Chair in 2008. At the conclusion of his term as Acting Mayor, the Anchorage Daily News stated: “During a short but troubled period, Claman demonstrated leadership skills that carried the city forward.”
Matt Claman followed his dream and came to Alaska in 1980, working as a cook in remote mining camps. After graduating from law school, Matt returned to Alaska to make his home, raise his family, and establish his career.
An attorney for over 25 years, Matt has served the needs of Alaskans and understands a lawyer’s role in helping people solve problems. He has represented commercial fishermen, loggers, families in crisis, local businesses, and individuals. He managed his own small law business for over 11 years. A skilled teacher, Matt taught law classes at the University of Alaska Anchorage. His colleagues elected Matt to the Board of Governors of the Alaska Bar Association in 2002. He served as President of the Board in 2007-08 and was instrumental in bringing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Anchorage for the Alaska State Bar Convention, which was the most-attended bar convention in Alaska history. Matt provided leadership in implementing a pay-as-you-go method to determine membership dues and increasing accountability to the public.
Committed to our community, Matt served on the Heritage Land Bank Advisory Commission and on the board of several local non-profit organizations. These non-profits include the Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Trailside Discovery, the Anchorage Youth Symphony Association, the Alaska Center for the Environment, and Planned Parenthood of Alaska. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Anchorage Rotary Club. On all of the boards, he has taken leadership duties and responsibilities and worked effectively with the other board members to improve the organization.
Matt Claman is married to Lisa Rieger, who works for Cook Inlet Tribal Council, one of Alaska’s most successful non-profit corporations. Matt and Lisa raised two children, Maia and Ben, who both graduated from West Anchorage High School.
Along with his public service and work as an attorney, Matt is a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and accomplished professional wilderness guide. An active hiker, biker, and skier, you’ll often find Matt enjoying the beauty of Alaska with friends and family on our trails, on our rivers, and in our parks.