ALASKA SENATE & HOUSE
Dyson served in the Alaska Senate from 2003 to 2015, representing Eagle River, the military bases, parts of north Anchorage and Government Hill.
During his tenure in the Senate, Dyson gained a reputation for his integrity, activism, compassion, and willingness to tackle complex issues facing the state.
ALASKA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Dyson served in the Statehouse beginning in 1997, focusing on state resources, including fisheries, mining, and oil production as well as on health and human services issues.
The “compassionate conservative.”
ENGINEER & FISHERMAN
The consummate tinker, Dyson is a mechanical engineer by trade. After moving to Alaska in 1970, he began working for BP as an engineer. For part of his career, he worked week-on week-off on the Slope and visited many of the state’s bush communities.
After leaving the oil industry, Dyson continued his tinkering ways, rebuilding antique cars and maintaining the two cabins and house he built.
Dyson began commercial salmon fishing in the early ’80’s, using his vacation time to ply the waters of Bristol Bay. He eventually bought his own 32-foot gillnetter, the Dawn Treader. After retiring from fishing in the mid-90’s, Dyson re-purposed the Dawn Treader as a pleasure boat and currently runs it out of Whittier for adventures with family and friends.
FAMILY & ALASKA ADVENTURES
Dyson’s first taste of Alaska was working for a Christian organization supporting college students. He was stationed in Fairbanks, where he met the woman he would marry, Jane Wilbur. Both fell in love with the opportunities and beauty of Alaska, and returned to live here permanent after their third child was born.
Settling first in Anchorage, they bought raw land at the end of a nearly deserted dirt road in Eagle River and began building a cabin from scratch.
They still live on that same piece of land with views over the town of Eagle River, although they moved from the original cabin to a larger house, which they also built themselves.
Throughout his years in Alaska, Dyson has had an explorer’s heart. Whether backpacking, boating, or flying, Dyson has always been drawn to the heart of Alaska, investigating ancient villages, old mines, marine wrecks and the wild beauty of this state he chose to call home.