Sledding with CallieCathy is a lifelong Alaskan, born and raised in Fairbanks.

Her late father, Jerry Bohms, came to Alaska in the late 40's and was a Wien Alaska Airlines pilot. Cathy often got to go to work with her dad. It was great to ride along with her dad in the F-27s. Cathy knew, even as a child, how special it was to visit small rural communities all over Alaska.

Cathy with her mom and granddaughterCathy's mom, Ruth, was very engaged in her children's lives, making sure they had opportunities to be in Scouting, 4-H, music lessons and all the activities at the Catholic school in Fairbanks. After raising her four children, Ruth attended Gonzaga University School of Law, and then has been admitted to the Alaska Bar. She has also been admitted before the bar of the US Supreme Court.

Senator Giessel graduated from Lathrop High School in Fairbanks. She went Outside to earn her bachelor's degree in nursing at the University of Michigan. She moved back home and to Anchorage with her nursing degree, and worked in local hospitals and clinics.

Cathy is married to her college sweetheart, Richard Giessel. Rich and Cathy raised 3 children in the home Rich built on the Anchorage Hillside in 1980. One of their sons remains in Alaska; he and his wife have 4 wonderful kids, Cathy's grandchildren.

Senator Giessel earned a Masters' degree in nursing at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is an advanced nurse practitioner and has delivered healthcare in a variety of clinics in Anchorage, as well in small communities in the North Slope Borough. She currently volunteers at a homeless clinic in Anchorage.

Paid for by Re-Elect Senator Cathy Giessel for State Senate, 12701 Ridgewood Rd, Anchorage, Alaska 99516