15th-29th Legislature (1987 -2016)

SENATE
JOHNNY ELLIS





Senator Johnny Ellis
District: H
Party: Democrat

Legislative Service
1987-1992 Representative
1993-2016 Senator
2005-2006 Senator Senate Minority Leader
2007-2010 Senator Senate Majority Leader
2013-2014 Senator Senate Minority Leader (2013)

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Date and Place of Birth:
March 13, 1960
Springfield, MO

Occupation:
Former Business Owner, Alaska Natural (Wholesale Alaska Gift Items), Macuir Company

Commissioner:
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)

Residency in Alaska:
Anchorage, 1975-present

Education:
High School - Bartlett, 1975-79
College - University of Alaska Anchorage, 1978-79; Claremont McKenna College, 1979-82, B.A. (honors)

Political and Government Positions:
Senate Rules Chair, Present Commissioner, Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, present Childrens Caucus, 1987-present American Council for Young Political Leaders, present Co-Chair, 2007-2010 Senate Majority Leader, 1998 member of Mental Health Parity Task Force, Health Resources & Access Task Force, 1991-92 Co-Chair, Family Support Task Force, 1989-90 Co-Chair, Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting Task Force, 1990 Chair, House Rules Committee, 1990-92 Chair, House Health, Education & Social Services Committee, 1988-90 Co-Chair/Founder, Tourism Working Group, 1987-89

Service Organization(s) Membership:
Board of Directors, Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center; Board of Directors, Blacks in Alaska History Project, Inc.; Board Member, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southcentral Alaska; Board Member, Food Bank of Anchorage Advisory Board; Fairview Community Council; Board Member, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation; Member, Anchorage Waterways Council; Member, Alaska Women’s Lobby; Business and Professional Women/USA; Member, We the People Committee; Member, Key Campaign to advocate for people with disabilities

Other:
1st Annual Senator Johnny Ellis Community Service Award, 2000, Alaska Community Service Commission, Alaska Business and Professional Women Appreciation Award, 2000 ACLU Legislator of the Year Award, 1996 Alaska Public Health Association Award for Community Service, 1996 Advocate for Alaska’s Children Award, 1998 Excellence Award, Anchorage Association for Education of Young Children, 1995 Primary Health Care Award Winner; Outstanding Representative, Standing Together Against Rape Golden Key Award, Key Campaign for Developmental Disabilities Recipient, Mayor’s Award for Historical Preservation

Special Interests:
Travel, reading, politics and history

Legislative Service:

Prime Sponsorship
BillShort TitlePrime Sponsor(s)Current StatusStatus Date
SB 15 EXTEND FOSTER CARE REVIEW PANEL SENATOR ELLIS
(S) FIN 03/01/1995
SB 67 UNLAWFUL EVASIONS CLASS A MISDEMEANOR SENATOR ELLIS
CHAPTER 51 SLA 95 05/27/1995
SB 109 CHILD SUPPORT NONPAYMENT/LICENSING BAN SENATOR ELLIS
(S) FIN 03/30/1995
SB 210 INCREASE TOBACCO TAXES SENATOR ELLIS
(H) STA 05/06/1996
SB 211 VULNERABLE PEOPLE:NEGLECT/ASSAULT/ABUSE SENATOR ELLIS
CHAPTER 61 SLA 96 06/12/1996
SB 295 APPROP: CONSUMER PROTECTION DIVISION SENATOR ELLIS
(S) JUD 02/12/1996
SB 296 NURSING HOME & ASSTD LIVING EMPLOYEES SENATOR ELLIS
CHAPTER 35 SLA 96 05/22/1996
SJR 3 EXPORT OF ALASKA OIL SENATOR ELLIS
(S) FIN 02/06/1995



Cosponsored Bills
BillShort TitlePrime Sponsor(s)Current StatusStatus Date
HB 65 ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY LOAN GUARANTEES REPRESENTATIVE PORTER
CHAPTER 65 SLA 95 06/05/1995
HB 75 VEHICLE THEFT AND JOYRIDING REPRESENTATIVE SANDERS
CHAPTER 71 SLA 96 06/19/1996
HB 87 AUTHORIZING YOUTH COURTS REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
CHAPTER 98 SLA 95 06/29/1995
HB 198 ALLOWABLE ABSENCES FOR PERM FUND DIVIDEND REPRESENTATIVE ELTON
CHAPTER 73 SLA 96 06/20/1996
HB 314 DOMESTIC VIOL.& CRIME VICTIMS & WITNESSES REPRESENTATIVE PARNELL
CHAPTER 64 SLA 96 06/17/1996
HB 354 RIP FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES REPRESENTATIVE MACKIE
CHAPTER 65 SLA 96 06/18/1996
HB 446 NUISANCE INJUNCTION BY HOME RULE MUNI REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG
CHAPTER 99 SLA 96 06/25/1996
HB 490 FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO BIDCO REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
CHAPTER 114 SLA 96 06/28/1996
HCR 8 WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH REPRESENTATIVE B.DAVIS
LEGIS RESOLVE 11 04/07/1995
HJR 7 EXPORT OF ALASKA OIL REPRESENTATIVE FINKELSTEIN
LEGIS RESOLVE 5 03/06/1995
HJR 54 FAVOR TRANS-ALASKA GAS SYSTEM & LNG SALES REPRESENTATIVE KUBINA
LEGIS RESOLVE 46 04/17/1996
SB 17 AHFC BONDS FOR UNIV. OF ALASKA USES SENATOR KELLY
(S) HES 01/16/1995
SB 25 REPEAL VEGETABLE DEALER LICENSING SENATOR DONLEY
CHAPTER 78 SLA 95 06/09/1995
SB 27 MISC. GRANDPARENT VISITATION RIGHTS SENATOR DONLEY
CHAPTER 30 SLA 95 05/15/1995
SB 30 ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY LOAN GUARANTEES SENATOR DUNCAN
(S) HES 01/16/1995
SB 32 NATIVE LANGUAGE EDUCATION SENATOR LINCOLN
(S) HES 03/23/1995
SB 68 DONATIONS TO FOOD BANKS:MEAT & FISH SENATOR LEMAN
CHAPTER 16 SLA 95 05/05/1995
SB 74 PUBLIC SCHOOL FOUNDATION PROGRAM SENATOR SALO
(S) HES 02/07/1995
SB 75 APPROP: K-12 SUPPORT & DEBT RETIREMENT SENATOR SALO
(S) HES 02/07/1995
SB 78 ALCOHOL SALES IN HOTEL ROOMS SENATOR SHARP
CHAPTER 3 SLA 95 04/10/1995
SB 150 DUTCH HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY SENATOR KELLY
CHAPTER 38 SLA 95 05/24/1995
SB 159 MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT DECLARATIONS SENATOR RIEGER
CHAPTER 63 SLA 96 06/17/1996
SB 163 APPROVE U OF A DEBT FOR STUDENT HOUSING SENATOR KELLY
CHAPTER 26 SLA 96 05/14/1996
SB 193 MANDATORY INSURANCE FOR COSTS OF BIRTH SENATOR SALO
CHAPTER 49 SLA 96 05/31/1996
SB 197 INS:DOMESTIC VIOL. VICTIMS & DISCLOSURES SENATOR DONLEY
(S)AWAIT CONC/RECED 05/06/1996
SB 203 TASK FORCE ON RECYCLING INDUSTRIES SENATOR DUNCAN
(S) FIN 04/22/1996
SB 248 COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH INSURANCE ACT SENATOR DUNCAN
(S) L&C 01/30/1996
SB 253 INS.FOR PROSTATE & CERVICAL CANCER TESTS SENATOR DUNCAN
CHAPTER 74 SLA 96 06/20/1996
SB 282 REGULATION OF MANAGED CARE INS. PLANS SENATOR DUNCAN
(S) L&C 02/09/1996
SB 286 APPROP TO PERM. FUND FROM BRF & RES. ACCT SENATOR DUNCAN
(S) HES 03/27/1996
SB 288 ALASKA HEALTH PURCHASING ALLIANCE SENATOR DUNCAN
(S) L&C 02/09/1996
SCR 9 TWENTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL GIRLS' STATE SENATOR TORGERSON
LEGIS RESOLVE 15 08/07/1995
SCR 10 TWENTY-NINTH ANNUAL BOYS' STATE SENATOR TORGERSON
LEGIS RESOLVE 14 08/07/1995
SCR 13 100TH YEAR OF WOMEN IN STATE LEGISLATURES SENATOR LINCOLN
LEGIS RESOLVE 24 08/07/1995
SCR 14 UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA STUDENT HOUSING SENATOR KELLY
(S) FIN 02/14/1996
SCR 18 ANNIVERSARY OF END OF WORLD WAR II SENATOR TAYLOR
LEGIS RESOLVE 20 07/04/1995
SJR 2 CONST. AMDT: SUBSISTENCE PREFERENCE SENATORS HOFFMAN, ADAMS, LINCOLN, ZHAROFF, DUNCAN
(S) STA 01/16/1995
SJR 17 NAT'L ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES SENATOR RIEGER
(H) HES 04/13/1995
SJR 35 EDUCATION ENDOWMENT IN PERM. FUND SENATOR DUNCAN
(S) JUD 02/09/1996