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John Katz was Senator Stevens’ legislative director in 1971 during Congressional consideration of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. In 1979, he was hired as special counsel on land-use issues for Governor Jay Hammond, and in 1981 Governor Bill Sheffield appointed him as Natural Resources Commissioner. At the time of his 2009 interview, Katz was the Director of State/Federal Relations and Special Counsel to the Governor of Alaska based out of Washington, D.C., a position he held since1983. John Katz retired in December 2011.