Matt Claman was first elected to represent West Anchorage in the Alaska State House of Representatives in 2014 and re-elected in 2016, 2018, and 2020. During some of the most challenging times in Alaska history, Matt is effectively representing the interests of our community.
Matt always puts Alaska first, working across party lines for a responsible action plan for Alaska with common-sense, practical solutions. A responsible action plan includes:
- Improving public safety and making wise use of our public safety resources
- Growing the economy and investing in public education
- Balancing the budget and protecting the Permanent Fund
Matt has served as Chair of the House Judiciary Committee and served on the Transportation, Health and Human Services, Community and Regional Affairs, Rules, Legislative Council, and Energy Committees. Further, he has served on multiple budget subcommittees, including Public Safety, Courts, and Health and Human Services.
Matt served as acting mayor of Anchorage in 2009 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). Assessing his service as acting mayor, the Anchorage Daily News concluded: “During a short but troubled period, Claman demonstrated leadership skills that carried the city forward.”
In 2002, Matt’s colleagues elected him to the Board of Governors of the Alaska Bar Association. As President of the Board in 2007-2008, he was instrumental in bringing the late 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 essential leadership in implementing a pay-as-you-go structure for membership dues, increasing accountability to the public, and improving access to pro bono legal services in Alaska.
Matt followed his dream and came to Alaska in 1980 to work 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 more than 30 years, Matt knows how to solve problems and has served the needs of hundreds of Alaskans. He managed his own law firm for more than 11 years and taught law classes at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has represented commercial fishermen, loggers, families in crisis, local businesses, and individuals—including victims of domestic violence.
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.
Committed to community service, Matt served on the Heritage Land Bank Advisory Commission and on the board of several local non-profit organizations, including the Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Trailside Discovery, the Anchorage Youth Symphony Association, the Alaska Center for the Environment, Planned Parenthood of Alaska, and the Anchorage Rotary Club.
Along with his public service and work as an attorney, Matt is a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and an accomplished professional wilderness guide. An active hiker, biker, and skier, you can often find Matt enjoying the beauty of Alaska with friends and family on our trails, on our rivers, and in our parks.