17th-27th Legislature (1991 -2012)

HOUSE
BETTYE B.DAVIS





Representative Bettye B.Davis
Minority Whip
District: 21
Party: Democrat

Legislative Service
1991-1996 Representative
2001-2012 Senator

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Born May 17, 1938, Bettye Davis is among Alaska’s top advocates of Children, Education, Health and Social issues. Born in Homer, Louisiana Davis grew up in Louisiana, earning her nursing degree from St. Anthony’s College. Davis attended Grambling State University where she received her BSW in 1971 and worked as an Assistant Director at the YWCA in San Bernardino, California from 1971 to 1972. Davis arrived in Anchorage, Alaska in 1972 and pursued her higher education at the University, Alaska Anchorage. Davis began her career in family services working at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute as a Nurse and Social Worker from 1972 to 1975. From 1975 to 1989, Davis worked in various positions within the Department of Health and Social Services: Childcare Specialist, Social Worker and Foster Care Coordinator.

Davis began her long political career when she was elected to the Anchorage School Board from 1982 to 1990 - serving two terms as board president. Davis became the first African-American woman elected to serve in the Alaska State House of Representatives. Davis served three terms (1990-1996). After an unsuccessful bid to the Alaska State Senate in 1996, Davis was re-elected to the Anchorage School Board and appointed to the State Board of Education in 1997. Davis also served as the president of the National Association of Black School Board Members and the president of the Alaska Black Leadership Conference. In 2000, Davis became the first African-American to be elected to the Alaska State Senate. Davis continues to serve in the Alaska State Senate and remains the "Conscious of the Legislature" - passing legislation that influences education, social issues and economic development.

Locally, Davis served on the Alaska Healthcare Strategy Council (2007-2008); Alaska 2000 Education Project; the Governor’s Task Force on Tolerance (2000-2001); and the Governor’s Commission on Youth and Justice (1995-96). Nationally, Davis serves as a Board Member for Women In Government; Treasurer, National Association of Black Elected Legislative (NOBEL)/Women; State Director, WiLL (Women’s Legislative Lobby); Legislative Advisory Committee Member, WICHE (Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education); Vice Chair, National Conference of State Legislators - Health Committee; and the Interstate Commission on Higher Education Legislative Advisory Board. Davis also served as Energy Chair for both the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and the National Foundation for Women Legislators.

Senator Davis is the recipient of countless awards to include, but not limited to: 2010 Pioneer Woman of the Year, Business and Professional Women (BPW) - North to the Future; 2010 Celebrate Liberty Award, Alaska Civil Liberties Union of Alaska; 2010 Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame, Alaska Women’s Network; Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation of Alaska Humanitarian Award; Mayor’s Award for Public Service; Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau Meeting Champion Award; YWCA Woman of Achievement; Alaska Black Caucus Presidents Award; Wells Fargo Bank CheckPoint Alaska Award; 2000 Notable American Women; Who’s Who of American Women; and the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska Award.

Davis is a member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church and is affiliated with various organizations to include, but not limited to: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (life member), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (life member), Business and Professional Women/USA, Alaska Women’s Political Caucus, Athena Society, Special Olympics, Zonta Anchorage, Campfire, Alaska Center for Children and Families; and March of Dimes.

Davis cares greatly about the community and strives to promote exemplary service at the local, state and national level.

Date and Place of Birth:
May 17, 1938 Homer, Louisiana

Occupation:
Social Worker

Spouse:
Troy (Deceased)

Residency in Alaska:
Alaska resident since 1973

Education:
Grambling University, B.S.W. Social Work, 1956-59, 1970-71; University of Alaska, Anchorage, Graduate Studies in Family Counseling, 1973-74.

Political and Government Positions:
Senator Bettye Davis has been appointed Presiding officer to serve on the NCSL Health Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures for the 2007-2008 Biennium. Served on the Governor's Tolerance Task Commission 2000-2001. Appointed as the Chair of NBCSL Energy Committee. Served on the Anchorage School Board, 1982-89, two years as president. Elected to the House of Representatives in 1990, 1992 and 1994, served as both Majority and Minority Whip. Re-elected to the Anchorage School Board in 1998. Appointed by Gov. Tony Knowles to the State Board of Education (1998). Elected to the State Senate in 2000.

Business and Professional Positions:
Alaska Federation of Business & Professional Women Club, President, 1999-2000 Governor's Conference on Youth and Justice, At Risk Work Group, appointed 1995-96 National Black Caucus of State Legislators Chair, Region 12, 1995-96 Athena Society, Member 1994-present, Zonta Club of Anchorage, 1994- present Winning with Stronger Education Committee Member, 1991-present Alaska 2000 Education Project, Member, 1991- present; YWCA of Anchorage, Member 1988-present, Past Board Member, 1989-90 Served as National President of the National Association of Black School Administrators. National Alliance of Black School Educators, Member, 1986-present, Elections and Resolutions Committee.

Memberships:
She is currently a life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Business and Professional Women/USA, the NAACP and is a member of the Alaska Women's Political Caucus, Anchorage Young Women's Christian Association, Athena Society, Church Women United, and Zonta. Mrs. Davis has served on various boards such as Special Olympics, Campfire, Alaska Center for Children and Families and the March of Dimes.

Special Interests:
Grandchildren (Anthony, Alesha, Philecia, Taylor), cooking, charitable fundraising

Legislative Service:

Prime Sponsorship
BillShort TitlePrime Sponsor(s)Current StatusStatus Date
HB 5 ANTI-STALKING LAW REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
(H) HES 01/11/1993
HB 6 AUTHORIZING CHARTER SCHOOLS REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
(H) HES 01/11/1993
HB 7 SECONDARY SCHOOL COUNSELOR PILOT PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
(H) HES 01/11/1993
HB 8 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COUNSELOR PILOT PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
(H) HES 01/11/1993
HB 9 STATE FREEDOM OF CHOICE ACT REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
(H) CRA 01/11/1993
HB 12 GROUP HEALTH INS. FOR SMALL EMPLOYERS REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
(H) JUD 04/08/1993
HB 13 MUNICIPAL PERSONNEL RECORDS REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
(H) CRA 01/11/1993
HB 14 APPROP: BIDCO FUND REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
(H) STA 04/02/1993
HB 21 APPROP: K - 12 SUPPORT REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
(H) CRA 01/29/1993
HB 27 INCREASE STATE EDUCATION AID REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
(H) CRA 03/05/1993
HB 72 CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
(H) STA 01/18/1993
HB 98 BLACK VETS' RECOGNITION BRIDGE,ALASKA HWY REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
CHAPTER 42 SLA 93 06/01/1993
HB 108 LIABILITY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE/LIENS REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
(H) O&G 01/29/1993
HB 118 WORKERS' COMP FOR WORK-STUDY STUDENTS REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
(H) L&C 02/03/1993
HB 128 EARLY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PATERNITY REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
CHAPTER 80 SLA 94 06/06/1994
HB 159 POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
(H) JUD 02/17/1993
HB 163 VOTER REGISTRATION/PUBLIC ASST. APPLICANT REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
(H) STA 02/18/1993
HB 193 STATE HEALTH RESOURCES AUTHORITY REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
(H) HES 03/03/1993
HB 418 EXTEND BOARD OF PAROLE REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
(S) JUD 03/18/1994
HB 432 FAILURE TO EXERCISE VISITATION RIGHTS REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
(H) HES 02/02/1994
HB 433 CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER/DEMO PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
(H) HES 02/02/1994
HCR 1 PRESIDING OFFICER PRO TEMPORE REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
(H) JUD 03/12/1993
HCR 11 WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
(S) JUD 04/16/1993
HCR 13 HEALTH CARE REFORM REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
(H) STA 03/08/1993
HJR 14 SUPPORTING KIDSNET LEGISLATION REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
(H) STA 01/11/1993
HJR 44 LENGTH OF LEGISLATORS' TERMS REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
(H) JUD 01/10/1994



Cosponsored Bills
BillShort TitlePrime Sponsor(s)Current StatusStatus Date
HB 11 ANTI-STALKING LAW REPRESENTATIVE ULMER
(H) HES 01/11/1993
HB 22 ALASKA HEALTHY START PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVE NORDLUND
(H) HES 01/11/1993
HB 28 PENALTY FOR PROVIDING ALCOHOL TO A MINOR REPRESENTATIVE WILLIAMS
CHAPTER 46 SLA 94 05/23/1994
HB 36 RETIREMENT INCENTIVE PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVE MACKIE
(H) STA 01/11/1993
HB 39 CLEAN AIR ACT AMENDMENTS REPRESENTATIVE BROWN
(H) L&C 02/03/1993
HB 43 CRIME OF CONSPIRACY REPRESENTATIVE PORTER
(H) FIN 02/19/1993
HB 48 DELAYED PAYMENT OF LEGISLATORS' SALARIES REPRESENTATIVE ULMER
(H) JUD 02/10/1993
HB 52 RELATING TO TAX ON ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES REPRESENTATIVE BROWN
(H) STA 02/19/1993
HB 53 INCREASING TAX ON ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES REPRESENTATIVE BROWN
(H) CRA 01/14/1993
HB 64 ANTI-STALKING LAW REPRESENTATIVE TOOHEY
CHAPTER 40 SLA 93 05/27/1993
HB 69 SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION REPRESENTATIVE BARNES
CHAPTER 41 SLA 94 05/12/1994
HB 88 MAY 1 IS FAMILY DAY/MAY IS FAMILY MONTH REPRESENTATIVE BUNDE
CHAPTER 4 SLA 94 03/04/1994
HB 106 EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVE BROWN
(S) HES 04/27/1994
HB 107 APPROP: EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS REPRESENTATIVE BROWN
(H) HES 01/29/1993
HB 114 DRUG DISPENSING:ADV. NURSE PRACTITIONERS REPRESENTATIVE TOOHEY
CHAPTER 3 SLA 93 03/24/1993
HB 119 AUTHORIZE USE OF DAY FINES IN MISD. CASES REPRESENTATIVE FOSTER
CHAPTER 79 SLA 94 06/06/1994
HB 139 ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY LOAN GUARANTEES REPRESENTATIVE DAVIES
(H) FIN 03/09/1994
HB 155 MEDICAID RATE AUDIT PROCEDURES REPRESENTATIVE G.DAVIS
(H) FIN 03/12/1993
HB 195 AUTHORIZING YOUTH COURTS REPRESENTATIVE SITTON
(S) RLS 05/06/1994
HB 208 ELIGIBILITY FOR LONGEVITY BONUS REPRESENTATIVE NAVARRE
(H) HES 03/30/1993
HB 224 PERMANENT ABSENTEE VOTER STATUS & VOTING REPRESENTATIVE NICHOLIA
(H) STA 02/14/1994
HB 229 NATIVE LANGUAGE EDUCATION REPRESENTATIVE NICHOLIA
(H) STA 02/14/1994
HB 244 APPROP: SINGLE/DUAL SITE SCHOOLS REPRESENTATIVE WILLIAMS
(H) FIN 02/02/1994
HB 263 TAX EXEMPTION FOR CERTAIN PERSONAL PROP. REPRESENTATIVE HANLEY
CHAPTER 7 SLA 94 04/06/1994
HB 267 REVISE FOUNDATION FORMULA, SMALL SCHOOLS REPRESENTATIVE FOSTER
(H) FIN 03/02/1994
HB 289 ALCOHOL LICENSE FEES: MUNI USE OF FEES REPRESENTATIVE BROWN
(H) CRA 04/21/1993
HB 295 CREATE CITIZENS' UTILITY BOARD, INC. REPRESENTATIVE BROWN
(H) L&C 04/26/1993
HB 320 PUBLIC SCHOOL HEALTH AND SAFETY EDUCATION REPRESENTATIVE TOOHEY
(S) STA 04/12/1994
HB 328 PAY MOTOR VEHICLE FEES BY CREDIT CARD REPRESENTATIVES MARTIN, BARNES
(S) RLS 05/03/1994
HB 337 DRUG FREE RECREATION AND YOUTH CENTERS REPRESENTATIVE NORDLUND
(S) JUD 04/29/1994
HB 346 VOTER REGISTRATION:CONFORM TO FEDERAL LAW REPRESENTATIVE ULMER
(H) STA 02/02/1994
HB 347 STATE LONG-TERM PLANNING REPRESENTATIVE PARNELL
VETOED BY GOVERNOR 06/29/1994
HB 362 CHILD SUPPORT:CRIMINAL/CIVIL REMEDIES REPRESENTATIVE MARTIN
CHAPTER 86 SLA 94 06/06/1994
HB 363 NO FEE FOR CAR REGISTRATION IN PERSON REPRESENTATIVE KOTT
(H) RLS 03/15/1994
HB 364 PFD PROGRAM/ALLOWABLE ABSENCES REPRESENTATIVE NORDLUND BY REQUEST
(S) FIN 05/10/1994
HB 366 MANAGEMENT COOK INLET/KENAI RIVER SALMON REPRESENTATIVE MULDER
(H) RES 01/13/1994
HB 387 APPROP: EDUCATION FUNDING REPRESENTATIVE NAVARRE
(H) HES 01/19/1994
HB 473 POSSESSION OF WEAPONS BY MINORS REPRESENTATIVE FINKELSTEIN
(H) HES 02/14/1994
HCR 7 ALCOHOL-RELATED BIRTH DEFECTS AWARENESS REPRESENTATIVE NICHOLIA
LEGIS RESOLVE 16 05/26/1993
HCR 8 COMMITTEE MEETINGS: NOTICE AND ACTIONS REPRESENTATIVE NORDLUND
(H) STA 02/19/1993
HCR 25 STATE INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS EXCHANGE REPRESENTATIVE KOTT
LEGIS RESOLVE 38 04/25/1994
HCR 31 ALCOHOL-RELATED BIRTH DEFECTS AWARENESS REPRESENTATIVE NICHOLIA
LEGIS RESOLVE 48 05/23/1994
HJR 11 REPEAL OF REGULATIONS BY LEGISLATURE REPRESENTATIVE PHILLIPS
FLD (S), PERM FILED 05/10/1994
HJR 21 IN MEMORIAM THURGOOD MARSHALL REPRESENTATIVE DAVIES
LEGIS RESOLVE 7 03/18/1993
HJR 29 EXPORT OF ALASKA OIL REPRESENTATIVE FINKELSTEIN
(H) O&G 02/18/1993
HJR 35 URGE FEDERAL FEE ON IMPORTED OIL REPRESENTATIVE SITTON
(H) O&G 03/17/1993
HJR 36 REPEAL 100 HOUR RULE FOR AFDC PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVE BRICE
LEGIS RESOLVE 27 04/05/1994
HJR 37 FED MONEY FOR RURAL WATER/SEWER PROJECTS REPRESENTATIVE HOFFMAN
(S) RLS 02/04/1994
HJR 38 ALASKA MARITIME HERITAGE FOUNDATION REPRESENTATIVE DAVIDSON
(H) STA 04/01/1993
HJR 52 DETERMINING FEDERAL SHARE OF MEDICAID REPRESENTATIVE NORDLUND
(S) RLS 05/02/1994
HJR 54 SUPPORT MEDICAL SAVINGS ACCT LEGIS REPRESENTATIVE KOTT
(S) RLS 05/02/1994
HSCR 1 DISAPPROVING EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 84 REPRESENTATIVE ULMER
(H) HES 01/29/1993
SB 141 WORKERS' COMP FOR WORK-STUDY STUDENTS SENATOR KELLY
VETOED BY GOVERNOR 05/10/1994
SB 173 GROUP HEALTH INS. FOR SMALL EMPLOYERS SENATOR RIEGER
CHAPTER 39 SLA 93 05/27/1993
SB 240 MUNICIPAL TAX EXEMPT'N/STUDENT HOUSING SENATOR PEARCE
CHAPTER 65 SLA 94 05/25/1994
SB 252 POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY SENATOR MILLER
CHAPTER 51 SLA 94 05/23/1994
SCR 17 HONORING TOMMY MOE SENATOR KERTTULA
LEGIS RESOLVE 30 04/19/1994