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 6 ESTABLISH CONSUMER PROTECTION DIVISION SENATOR ELLIS
(S) L&C 01/13/1997
SB 25 AUTOMATED VICTIM NOTIFICATION SYSTEM SENATOR ELLIS
CHAPTER 73 SLA 97 06/12/1997
SB 26 APPROP: VICTIM NOTIFICATION SYSTEM SENATOR ELLIS
(S) FIN 04/29/1997
SB 61 INCREASE TOBACCO TAXES SENATOR ELLIS
(S) HES 01/24/1997
SB 94 ROHYPNOL AS SCHEDULE IV-A DRUG SENATOR ELLIS
(S) JUD 02/24/1997
SB 172 PAYMENT OF COSTS ALASKA PIONEERS' HOME SENATOR ELLIS
(S) HES 04/11/1997
SB 212 FEES FOR USE OF AUTOMATED TELLER MACHINES SENATOR ELLIS
(S) JUD 04/03/1998
SB 260 INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR CONTRACEPTIVES SENATOR ELLIS
(S) HES 01/26/1998
SB 276 DISCLOSURE OF SOCIAL SECURITY NO. SENATOR ELLIS
(S) STA 02/04/1998
SB 297 BREAST-FEEDING SENATOR ELLIS
CHAPTER 78 SLA 98 06/08/1998
SB 315 ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY & MOBILITY AIDS SENATOR ELLIS
(S) HES 02/16/1998
SCR 24 ENCOURAGING BREAST FEEDING SENATOR ELLIS
(S) HES 02/12/1998



Cosponsored Bills
BillShort TitlePrime Sponsor(s)Current StatusStatus Date
HB 69 ROHYPNOL AS SCHEDULE IV-A DRUG REPRESENTATIVE VEZEY
CHAPTER 16 SLA 97 05/03/1997
HB 116 WORKERS COMPENSATION SELF-INSURANCE GROUP REPRESENTATIVE KOTT
(S) RLS 05/09/1998
HB 170 SERVICE ANIMALS FOR PHYS/MENT. CHALLENGED REPRESENTATIVE BRICE
CHAPTER 103 SLA 98 06/16/1998
HB 189 RESTRICT TOBACCO SALES REPRESENTATIVE COWDERY
CHAPTER 135 SLA 98 06/25/1998
HB 203 ACTIONS FOR UNLAWFUL TRADE PRACTICES REPRESENTATIVE DYSON
CHAPTER 96 SLA 98 10/21/1998
HB 206 PERS FOR VILLAGE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS REPRESENTATIVE PORTER
CHAPTER 92 SLA 98 06/12/1998
HB 222 ABANDONED,WRECKED,OR JUNK VEHICLES REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG
CHAPTER 108 SLA 97 07/02/1997
HB 241 PAYMENT OF COSTS ALASKA PIONEERS' HOME REPRESENTATIVE CROFT
CHAPTER 101 SLA 97 07/01/1997
HB 303 EXTEND COUNCIL ON DOM.VIOL. & SEX.ASSAULT REPRESENTATIVE ELTON
CHAPTER 87 SLA 98 06/12/1998
HB 349 REGULATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS REPRESENTATIVE JAMES
CHAPTER 118 SLA 98 06/22/1998
HB 399 EXEMPT/DEFERRAL DETERIORATED PROPTY TAX REPRESENTATIVE RYAN
CHAPTER 70 SLA 98 06/03/1998
HB 451 ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY & MOBILITY AIDS REPRESENTATIVE GREEN
CHAPTER 102 SLA 98 06/16/1998
HCR 6 ALCOHOL-RELATED BIRTH DEFECTS AWARENESS REPRESENTATIVE NICHOLIA
LEGIS RESOLVE 41 06/11/1997
HCR 18 80 YEAR ANNIV OF UNIV. ALASKA FAIRBANKS REPRESENTATIVE DAVIES
LEGIS RESOLVE 32 06/11/1997
HCR 26 1998 INTERNATIONAL PEOPLE FIRST CONFERENC REPRESENTATIVE PORTER
LEGIS RESOLVE 49 03/20/1998
HJR 29 FUNDING FOR PROSTATE CANCER RESEARCH REPRESENTATIVE ELTON
LEGIS RESOLVE 57 04/08/1998
SB 11 SCHOOL DEBT REIMBURSEMENT SENATOR HALFORD
CHAPTER 77 SLA 98 06/08/1998
SB 13 INCREASE TOBACCO TAXES SENATOR SHARP
CHAPTER 48 SLA 97 05/28/1997
SB 14 INS:DISCLOSURES; DOMESTIC VIOL. VICTIMS SENATOR DONLEY
CHAPTER 39 SLA 97 05/22/1997
SB 57 LONGEVITY BONUS PROGRAM SENATOR DUNCAN
(S) STA 01/21/1997
SB 59 NATIVE LANGUAGE EDUCATION SENATOR LINCOLN
(S) HES 01/24/1997
SB 70 DISCHARGE OF FIREARMS AT BLDGS. SENATOR DONLEY
CHAPTER 89 SLA 97 06/16/1997
SB 81 IMMUNIZATION RECORD UPON CHILD'S DEATH SENATOR KELLY BY REQUEST
(S) STA 02/10/1997
SB 123 PERS BENEFITS FOR JUV INSTIT EMPLOYEES SENATOR DUNCAN
(S) STA 03/07/1997
SB 144 G.O. BONDS: UAA LIBRARY SENATOR KELLY
(S) HES 03/19/1997
SB 159 NEW BUSINESS INCENTIVE PROGRAM SENATOR PEARCE
CHAPTER 8 SLA 98 04/06/1998
SB 165 COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH INSURANCE ACT SENATOR DUNCAN
(S) HES 04/10/1997
SB 166 REGULATION OF MANAGED CARE INS. PLANS SENATOR DUNCAN
(S) HES 04/10/1997
SB 167 GROUP HEALTH INS POOLING TASK FORCE SENATOR DUNCAN
(S) HES 04/10/1997
SB 168 MEDICAID FOR CHILDREN AND PREGNANT WOMEN SENATOR DUNCAN
(S) HES 04/10/1997
SB 197 REGULATING HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGS. SENATOR DONLEY
CHAPTER 60 SLA 98 06/01/1998
SB 210 WORKERS' COMP: ELECTRONIC DEPOSIT SENATOR DUNCAN
(S) L&C 01/12/1998
SB 261 SPECIAL OLYMPICS 2001 SENATOR MILLER
CHAPTER 16 SLA 98 04/29/1998
SB 271 POSSESSION OF FIREARMS SENATOR DUNCAN
(S) STA 01/30/1998
SB 284 CRUELTY TO ANIMALS SENATOR DONLEY
CHAPTER 61 SLA 98 06/01/1998
SB 291 LIV. WILLS/ANATOMICAL GIFTS/PATIENT CARE SENATOR TAYLOR
(S) RLS 03/25/1998
SB 305 IMPLEMENTATION OF WORK COMP EDITION SENATOR DUNCAN
CHAPTER 59 SLA 98 06/01/1998
SB 321 ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES SENATOR MILLER
(S) FIN 03/10/1998
SB 325 PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR DISABLED SENATOR PARNELL BY REQUEST
(S) CRA 02/16/1998
SCR 6 ALASKA TELEMEDICINE PROJECT SENATOR PEARCE
LEGIS RESOLVE 22 05/08/1997
SCR 11 LONG-TERM CARE TASK FORCE SENATOR SHARP
LEGIS RESOLVE 76 06/01/1998
SCR 22 KIDS VOTING ALASKA PROGRAMS SENATOR MILLER
LEGIS RESOLVE 67 05/08/1998
SJR 5 BAN HARD LIQUOR ADS SENATOR DUNCAN
(S) STA 01/13/1997
SJR 7 AK NAT'L GUARD YOUTH CORPS CHALLENGE PROG SENATOR PHILLIPS
LEGIS RESOLVE 7 03/12/1997
SR 1 SWISS COMP OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS SENATOR DONLEY
SENATE RESOLVE 1 03/20/1998