Democratic politician who became a United States Senator from Alaska in 2009. He had previously been the Mayor of Anchorage for six years.
He was elected to the Anchorage Assembly in 1988, at the young age of 26.
In 2008, he defeated incumbent Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican member of the Senate of all time. He is the only U.S. Senator without a college degree.
He is the son of former U.S. Representative Nick Begich, who died in a 1972 plane crash.
He served in the Senate alongside fellow Alaskan senator Lisa Murkowski.