Luke has lived in Fairbanks since 1966 when he came up straight out of high school in New Haven, Connecticut and moved into the UAF dorms (as a freshman majoring in Wildlife Management). In 1971, he began a local wooden toy manufacturing business, then went back a few years later to UAF, this time at what would grow into a 30 year career in Campus Facilities.
It wasn’t until he retired in 2004 as Superintendent of Building Maintenance and Facilities Planner at UAF that he first ran for Borough Assembly because he believed that serving on the assembly deserved his full attention, but long before that he raised his hand and got involved in local government and community issues.
While at UAF Luke was elected to the staff council and served for one year as president of the UAF Support Staff Council. In his final year at UAF, he was appointed to the Campus Master Planning Committee. It was Mayor Jim Sampson who first asked Luke to join the FNSB Planning and Zoning Commission in 1977, and he was elected by the Commission to serve as Vice Chair from 2000 until 2004.
In October, 2004 he ran and won a 5 way race for Seat B on the FNSB Assembly, and was very proud when, during his second year in office, he was elected by his fellow assembly members to chair that body as Presiding Officer, and to be re-elected to that position the following year as well. Members of the Borough Assembly are elected to area-wide, non-partisan seats for 3 year terms and he ran, and was again elected to serve his community for a second term in 2007.
In addition to serving as Presiding Office, he successfully ran for a district seat on the Board of Directors of the Alaska Municipal League (AML) a member organization representing 145 communities across the state. His borough is a member of the National Association of Counties (NACo) where he also serve on the Public Lands steering committee that develops positions on federal legislation pertaining to US public land policies; the position fits since Alaska has the greatest acreage and percentage of public land of any state in the nation.