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Lawmaker who has long shunned spotlight is becoming speaker


December 29, 2016

JUNEAU (AP) – The incoming speaker of the Alaska House, known as a level-headed moderate willing to work across party lines, faces major tests in leading a new majority coalition and trying to secure agreement on a plan to address the state's multibillion-dollar deficit.

Rep. Bryce Edgmon acknowledges moments of trepidation about his new role.

“But I'm also somebody who rises to the challenge,” the Democrat said.

Edgmon's ascendance to House speaker comes 10 years into a political career that started with Edgmon winning a primary contest with a coin toss against his former boss and ha...

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