Wayne A. Ross

Wayne Anthony Ross was born 25 February 1943 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is the third of four children. His father was an Alderman in West Allis and predicted in a letter that one day Wayne too would serve in public office.

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Mr. Ross graduated from Marquette University High School in 1960. After attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for two years, he transferred to Marquette University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 1965, and a Doctor of Law (Juris Doctoris) Degree in 1968.

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Mr. Ross first came to Alaska in June 1967 between his junior and senior years of law school. He spent that summer serving as a law clerk for a local Anchorage attorney, and driving a sightseeing bus on weekends for American Sightseeing Company.

In 1968, after he and Barbara were married, they returned to Alaska and Ross served as an assistant Attorney General for the State of Alaska. In 1969 he was appointed by Superior Court Judge Harold J. Butcher to be Court Trustee and Standing Master for the Family Court. During the next four years, sitting as a judicial officer, Mr. Ross heard over 90% of all dependency, child in need of supervision, and delinquency cases arising in the Third Judicial District, and also enforced child support orders entered by the Superior Court. During Mr. Ross's tenure, a computerized system of collection was integrated, which has developed into the Child Support Enforcement Division that exists today.

In 1973, Mr. Ross left State service to enter the private practice of law. He was an associate of Edward J. Reasor and Associates in Anchorage, Alaska and a partner in law firms in Cordova, Alaska and Glennallen, Alaska. In 1977, Mr. Ross opened his own office in Anchorage, Ross & Associates, now the law office of Ross & Miner, P.C. Mr. Ross 's practice emphasizes family law, criminal defense, plaintiff's personal injury and business law. Some years ago, Mr. Ross obtained one of the highest settlements in a wrongful termination of employment case ever obtained in the United States.

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Mr. Ross was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar in 1968 and the Alaska Bar in 1969. He is admitted to practice in the state courts of Wisconsin and Alaska and in the federal courts of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the District of Alaska, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.


Mr. Ross has served in the Alaska State Defense Force for over eleven years, rising to the rank of Colonel. Col. Ross was Commander of the Professional and Technical Detachment of the ASDF from 1986 to June 1987. He was Chief of Civil-Military Operations (G-5) from June 1987 until July 1988, and then took command of the Field Forces Teams. Several months later, he was appointed Judge Advocate General. From April of 1990 until May 1992, Col. Ross was Chief of Operations and Training (G-3). In May 1992, he was appointed to Acting Chief of Staff. In March 1993, he was appointed Chief of Staff. From July 1994 until June 1996, he held the position of Inspector General. Col. was given command of the ASDF Rifle Team in September 1989. Col. also served as Acting Commander, and on the Officer Promotion and Selection Board. He participated in Mobex 88, Brimfrost 89, and Alcan Convoy 92 operations. He founded, and was President of the 49th Territorial Guard's Regiment, Inc.,from 1987-1994, an organization established to support the Alaska State Defense Force, its officers and soldiers, and was re-elected to that position in April 1995, serving until August 1996.

Col. Ross was awarded the Alaska State Service Medal, the Alaska State Defense Force Achievement Medal, the Alaska State Defense Force State Service medal twice, the Alaska State Defense Force Drill Attendance Ribbon, the Alaska State Defense Force Training Achievement Ribbon, and the State Guard Association of the United States Membership Ribbon. He was named 1988 Good Samaritan Attorney Of The Year by Veterans Living and Health, Inc. In 1990 he was knighted by the Polish Government and awarded the Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta for services rendered to the cause of freedom.

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Mr. Ross taught courses entitled "Juveniles and the Law" and "Introduction to Criminal Justice" at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, for several semesters. He has been a guest lecturer at Marquette University Law School, the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and at Wayland Baptist College. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of Lumen Christi High School (Anchorage) in 1999 and serves as Board Secretary.

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Mr. Ross first became involved in politics in 1960 when his father, Ray E. Ross, ran for the office of Alderman (City Councilman) of West Allis, Wisconsin's fourth largest city. Ray E. Ross was elected and held the Alderman's position for 3 four year terms. Wayne Ross was Campaign Chairman for two of those campaigns. He also participated in the Nixon campaign of 1960 and the Goldwater campaign of 1964 with less satisfactory results. Upon coming to Alaska, he was an alternate delegate to District 11's convention in 1972 and 1976. Mr. Ross has been involved with the Republican Party from precinct to national levels. Mr. Ross served as Parliamentarian at the 1980, 1982, and 1984 District 8 Republican Conventions and was Parliamentarian Pro Tem for the Republican State Central Committee in 1983. In 1984 he was Parliamentarian for the State Republican Convention and was an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention in Dallas, Texas, where as a seated alternate, he was able to cast his ballot for Ronald Reagan for the Republican Party nominee for President of the United States. Mr. Ross was elected Vice Chairman of the District 8 Republican Party in 1982 and served as Chairman of that District from 1985 to 1988. As such, he was a member of the Alaska Republican Party Central Committee. Mr. Ross was a member of that party's Elephant Club and was Chairman of the Rules Committee from 1985 to 1988 and Co-Chairman of the 1988 State Convention's Candidate Recruitment Committee. In 1988, he was Alaska Chairman, Lawyers for Bush/Quayle. Mr. Ross was Republican Party National Committeeman, Alaska from 1992-1998. He attended the Republican National Convention in Houston 1992 as National Committeeman-elect and the 1996 National Convention in San Diego as National Committeeman. From 1995-1996, he served as Co-Chairman, Alaskans for Gramm. In 1997, Mr. Ross along with former Secretary of Interior Manuel Lujan and Agricultural Secretary Spencer Abraham was a member of a delegation representing the United States and the Republican National Committee to the Republic of China (Taiwan's) 15th Kuomingtang National Congress in Taipei, Taiwan, China. Mr. Ross was a Republican Candidate for Governor of Alaska in 1998.

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Mr. Ross was a biweekly columnist for the Anchorage Times (FROM THE ARENA, every second Sunday) from 1986 until 1992. He later wrote for the Voice Of The Anchorage Times in the Anchorage Daily News from 1992-1993. He served as contributing editor (firearms) for the Alaska Bar Rag, the official newspaper of the Alaska Bar Association for which Mr. Ross received the coveted Stanley Award for Heroic Journalism. Mr. Ross also had outdoor and firearms articles printed in the Congressional Record, Alaska Outdoors, Soldier of Fortune, Wild Sheep, the Message, the Washington Arms Collectors Gun News, and Gun Week magazines. He also has written articles for Army Motors and was book review editor for that magazine. See Articles

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Mr. Ross was appointed to serve on the Alaska Land Use Council Advisors' Committee by the United States Department of Interior in January, 1984, and was re-appointed each year thereafter. In April 1987, Mr. Ross was elected Chairman of that committee. He served as Chairman from 1987 to 1988. He was elected Vice Chairman in 1988, and from 1989-1990, Mr. Ross held the position of Acting Chairman. Mr. Ross was appointed to the Advisory Council for the Commission on Privatizations and Delivery of Government Services by the Alaska Legislature in 1999, and assigned the Chairmanship of the Advisory Subcommittee to study the Office of the Governor.

Mr. Ross was appointed and served as an Alaskan Marriage Commissioner in 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1976, 1984, 1985, 1994, and 1997.

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Mr. Ross and his law firm have received awards from the National Rifle Association of America, the Alaska Outdoor Council, and the Alaska Christian Sportsmen's Club for services on behalf of sportsmen. Mr. Ross has been awarded the NRA Affiliated Gun Collectors Award of Merit for the Promotion of Gun Collecting. Mr. Ross has also received patriotism awards from the Daughters of the American Revolution, the National Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Anchorage VFW Post 9981.

Mr. Ross is listed in the Who's Who Who in American Law, 1st-9th editions; Who's Who in American Politics, 15th and 16th editions; Personalities of the West and Midwest, 8th edition; Who's Who in Society, 1st and 2nd editions; Who's Who in America, 46th-49th and 55th editions; International Who's Who of Contemporary Achievement, 1984/85 edition; Marquis Who's Who in the West (1996-1997); and Who's Who in the World, 12th and 18th editions.

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