I’m a commercial fisherman, an orthopedic surgeon, and a lifelong Alaskan. My wife Monica, a pediatrician, and I, opened our medical practices here, raised four kids, and sent them to Alaska public schools. For me, it’s always about Alaska.
I learned about public service at a young age. My father, Avrum Gross, was Attorney General for Governor Jay Hammond, the father of the Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend. My mother, Shari, was the first Executive Director of the United Fishermen of Alaska and founded the League of Women Voters Alaska. They instilled in me strong Alaskan convictions – toughness, resilience, and independence. Those values are too rarely seen in politics and government these days.
I value leadership, and have sought opportunities to serve from a young age. Starting out as Class President at Juneau - Douglas High School, I later served as President of the Bartlett Regional Hospital Medical Staff, where I worked to make sure all staff were treated fairly and their concerns were addressed. I later founded and served as President of the Juneau Bone and Joint Center.
I’ve travelled from Anchorage to Bethel, from Fairbanks to Thorne Bay, from Juneau to Utqiagvik. Everywhere I go, people tell me they are sick of the hyper-partisan politics in Washington – politics being championed by Mitch McConnell and our own senator Dan Sullivan, who has voted the party line 97% of the time.
Alaskans want a new kind of leadership – someone who listens and someone who puts Alaska first. I’m ready to bring Alaska’s values to Washington and to finally tackle some of the biggest issues facing our state and country.