15th-29th Legislature (1987 -2016)

SENATE
JOHNNY ELLIS





Senator Johnny Ellis
Minority Leader
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 20 LICENSURE OF ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES SENATOR ELLIS
(S) STA 01/19/1999
SB 21 APPROP: UAA CONSORTIUM LIBRARY FACILITY SENATOR ELLIS
(S) FIN 04/13/1999
SB 22 AHFC FUND: REIMBURSE SR. CIT PROP. TAX SENATOR ELLIS
(S) STA 01/19/1999
SB 34 BD OF BARBERS ETC/TATOOS; BODY PIERCING SENATOR ELLIS
CHAPTER 93 SLA 00 05/31/2000
SB 89 PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES SENATOR ELLIS
(S) JUD 02/26/1999
SB 136 SALE OF MILK AND MEAT BUSINESSES SENATOR ELLIS
(S) STA 04/08/1999
SB 187 HELMET USE ON OFF-ROAD VEHICLES SENATOR ELLIS
(S) TRA 01/10/2000
SB 188 REQUIRED USE OF BIKE HELMET SENATOR ELLIS
(S) TRA 01/10/2000
SB 225 PRIVATE GENETIC INFORMATION SENATOR ELLIS
(S) JUD 01/26/2000



Cosponsored Bills
BillShort TitlePrime Sponsor(s)Current StatusStatus Date
HB 3 DRUGS: LISTED CHEMICALS/METHAMPHETAMINE REPRESENTATIVE BRICE
CHAPTER 73 SLA 00 05/22/2000
HB 25 RIVER HABITAT PROTECTION TAX CREDIT REPRESENTATIVE DAVIES
CHAPTER 34 SLA 00 05/11/2000
HB 27 GRADUATE STUDENT LOANS REPRESENTATIVE MULDER
CHAPTER 23 SLA 99 05/14/1999
HB 108 USE, REGULATION, AND OPERATION OF BOATS REPRESENTATIVE HUDSON
CHAPTER 28 SLA 00 05/11/2000
HB 270 PAYMENT FOR SEXUAL ABUSE EXAMINATIONS REPRESENTATIVE CROFT
CHAPTER 57 SLA 00 05/16/2000
HB 288 CHILDREN WITNESSING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE REPRESENTATIVE KOTT
CHAPTER 67 SLA 00 05/22/2000
HB 298 REQUIRE HEALTH INS COVERAGE FOR DIABETES REPRESENTATIVE MURKOWSKI
CHAPTER 23 SLA 00 04/28/2000
HB 346 SERVICES FOR DISABLED PERSONS REPRESENTATIVE JOULE
CHAPTER 76 SLA 00 05/23/2000
HCR 11 SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT FOR OFFENDERS REPRESENTATIVE DYSON
LEGIS RESOLVE 31 03/07/2000
HJR 14 NATIONAL MUSEUM WOMEN'S HISTORY AK COUNCI REPRESENTATIVE PHILLIPS
LEGIS RESOLVE 12 05/11/1999
SB 4 VICTIMS' RIGHTS/PRISONER'S PFD SENATOR HALFORD
VETOED BY GOVERNOR 06/08/2000
SB 9 PERS CREDIT FOR NONCERTIFICATED EMPLOYEES SENATOR WILKEN
CHAPTER 22 SLA 99 05/14/1999
SB 15 LOWER ALCOHOL LIMIT TO 0.08 FOR OMVI'S SENATOR ELTON
(S) TRA 01/19/1999
SB 16 PERS CREDIT FOR NONCERTIFICATED EMPLOYEES SENATOR ELTON
(S) L&C 01/19/1999
SB 17 PERMANENT FUND: ALLOWABLE ABSENCES SENATOR ELTON
(S) STA 01/19/1999
SB 23 SURCHARGE ON FINES; YOUTH COURTS SENATOR ELTON
(S) JUD 01/19/1999
SB 46 NAMING THE CAPITAL SCHOOL BLDG. SENATOR WARD
CHAPTER 16 SLA 99 05/07/1999
SB 73 ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES SENATOR MILLER
CHAPTER 83 SLA 00 05/24/2000
SB 82 INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR CONTRACEPTIVES SENATOR WILKEN
(S) L&C 03/25/1999
SB 102 TROOPER HECK MEMORIAL CORRIDOR SENATOR LINCOLN
CHAPTER 24 SLA 99 05/14/1999
SB 103 NATIVE LANGUAGE EDUCATION SENATOR LINCOLN
CHAPTER 29 SLA 00 05/11/2000
SB 125 SCHOOL SAFETY PLAN SENATOR HOFFMAN
CHAPTER 78 SLA 99 06/24/1999
SB 174 G.O. BONDS, UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA SENATOR DONLEY
(S) FIN 02/11/2000
SB 186 POSTSECONDARY EDUC SAVINGS PROGRAMS/TRUST SENATOR KELLY TIM
CHAPTER 3 SLA 00 03/15/2000
SB 214 OIL AND GAS CORPORATE TAX ACCOUNTING SENATOR ELTON
(S) RES 01/21/2000
SB 247 VETERANS' ELIGIBILITY FOR LONGEVITY BONUS SENATOR LEMAN
CHAPTER 55 SLA 00 05/11/2000
SB 261 PREVENTION OF NEEDLE & SHARPS INJURIES SENATOR ELTON
CHAPTER 108 SLA 00 06/01/2000
SCR 6 UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA ANNUAL REPORT SENATOR ELTON
(S) RLS 04/09/1999
SCR 15 ALCOHOL-RELATED BIRTH DEFECTS AWARENESS SENATOR LINCOLN
LEGIS RESOLVE 39 04/14/2000
SJR 18 EXXON VALDEZ DAMAGE CLAIMS SENATOR LINCOLN
LEGIS RESOLVE 36 04/14/2000