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Wayne Anthony Ross, American Lawyer ( law: pract. & administration)Family and matrimonialCriminalPersonal injury (including property damage)lawyer. Decorated knight commander Order of Polonia Restituta (Poland), knight Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchure of Jerusalem (Vatican).

Background

Ross, Wayne Anthony was born on February 25, 1943 in Milwaukee. Son of Ray E. and Lillian (Steiner) Ross.

Education

Bachelor, Marquette University, 1965. Juris Doctor, Marquette University, 1968.

Career

In 2009, Ross was nominated to be Alaska Attorney General by then Governor Sarah Palin. His nomination was rejected by the Alaska Legislature on April 16, 2009. Ross is a current director of the National Rifle Association, and previously served as its vice president.

Ross has been active in Alaska politics for decades, running in the Republican gubernatorial primaries twice and serving on Palin's gubernatorial campaign. He has been active in lobbying for gun rights and against gun control, and in the pro-life movement. Ross' nomination to be Alaska Attorney General was controversial.

In 1993, he wrote a letter to the state bar association, arguing against a law which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. In the letter, Ross wrote: "This bill seems to give extra rights to a group whose lifestyle was a crime only a few years ago, and whose beliefs are certainly immoral in the eyes of anyone with some semblance of intelligence and moral character." He went on to describe gay Alaskans as "degenerates" who engage in "sexual perversion". Questioned about these statements during his confirmation hearings, Ross compared his distaste for homosexuals to his distaste for lima beans, and stated that he would uphold state laws regardless of his personal opinions on homosexuality or lima beans.

Ultimately, Ross' nomination was rejected by the Alaska Legislature on April 16, 2009, by a vote of 35 – 23, the first time an Alaska Governor's cabinet appointee failed confirmation.

Views

In 2003, Ross defended a man who had poured buckets of water onto Iraq war protesters, arguing that the man was exercising his right to free speech by dousing the protesters with water.

Membership

Member of National Rifle Association (board directors 1980-1992, since 1994, benefactor), Anchorage Bar Association, Alaska Bar Association (Stanley award), Alaska Peace Officers Association, Military Vehicle Preservation Association (vice president 1994-1996), Alaska Territorial Cavalry (secretary 1991-1997, 2001-2005), 49th Territorial Guard Regiment (president 1987-1994, 1995-1996, vice president 2007), Smith and Wesson Collectors Association, Ohio Gun Collectors Association (honorary life), Alaska Gun Collectors Association (president).

Connections

Married Barbara L. Ross, June 22, 1968. Children: Gregory, Brian, Timothy, Amy.