Mary Peltola has three marriages and three children. Her first marriage ended in divorce while her second and third marriages have survived. She is a former Alaskan state representative who was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1998. Peltola is currently married to Gene Peltola, an assistant regional director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
She is a Democrat and is running for re-election in November. She worked across the aisle to help her father win election. She focused on natural resources and won over opponents with her passion and determination. However, she left her post in 2009 because of the strain her schedule and travel caused her family.
Rep. Young, who was the longest-serving Republican in Congress, is not believed to be married to Peltola. Young was a close friend of her father, and they were schoolmates and hunting buddies. The two even bought a bulldozer together to fight wildfires during the 1960s.
As an Alaskan, Peltola grew up on the Kuskokwim River. She began fishing at a young age and worked as a herring technician during college. She has since become an advocate for salmon. Salmon are an important part of Alaskan culture and are the state’s third largest industry.