17th-27th Legislature (1991 -2012)

SENATE
BETTYE DAVIS





Senator Bettye Davis
District: K
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
SB 22 SAFE SURRENDER OF BABIES SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HES 01/10/2001
SB 41 KINDERGARTEN & DEFINITION OF "SCHOOL AGE" SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HES 01/17/2001
SB 42 FOUNDATION FORMULA INCREASE SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HES 04/28/2001
SB 43 SCHOOL DRESS CODES SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HES 01/17/2001
SB 57 INCREASE PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING GRANTS SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HES 01/25/2001
SB 62 FORWARD FUNDING STATE AID FOR EDUCATION SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HES 01/31/2001
SB 63 APPROP: FORWARD FUNDING OF EDUCATION SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HES 01/31/2001
SB 71 JUNETEENTH DAY SENATOR DAVIS
(S) STA 02/05/2001
SB 89 CHARTER SCHOOLS SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HES 03/09/2001
SB 129 HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAM SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HES 03/09/2001
SB 131 SEX CRIME AND PORNOGRAPHY FORFEITURES SENATOR DAVIS
(S) JUD 03/09/2001
SB 132 MINIMUM WAGE SENATOR DAVIS
(S) L&C 03/09/2001
SB 194 AMENDING DEFINITION OF WAGES IN TITLE 36 SENATOR DAVIS
(S) L&C 04/17/2001
SB 207 CHILD PROTECTION: PERS PEACE OFF STATUS SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HES 04/27/2001
SB 217 PUBILC SCHOOL SCOLIOSIS EXAM SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HES 05/01/2001
SB 224 INCREASE STATE MINIMUM WAGE 50 CENTS/HOUR SENATOR DAVIS
(S) L&C 05/03/2001
SB 230 PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS FOR CHILDREN SENATOR DAVIS
(H) JUD 05/14/2002
SB 304 MEDICAID FOR BREAST & CERVICAL CANCER SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HES 02/19/2002
SB 305 ELECTION DAY VOTER REGISTRATION SENATOR DAVIS
(S) STA 02/19/2002
SB 306 PRESCRIPTION DRUG ASSISTANCE TASK FORCE SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HES 03/22/2002
SB 307 TEACHER LOAN ASSUMPTION PROGRAM SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HES 02/19/2002
SCR 3 UNIFORM RULES: STANDING COMMITTEES SENATOR DAVIS
(S) STA 01/31/2001
SJR 18 DESTROY BRADY BILL RECORDS SENATOR DAVIS
(S) STA 02/28/2001
SJR 35 FUNDING FOR FEDERAL HIGHWAY PROGRAMS SENATOR DAVIS
(S) TRA 02/19/2002



Cosponsored Bills
BillShort TitlePrime Sponsor(s)Current StatusStatus Date
HB 100 JUNETEENTH DAY REPRESENTATIVE MCGUIRE
CHAPTER 9 SLA 01 04/10/2001
HB 101 CHARTER SCHOOLS REPRESENTATIVE DYSON
CHAPTER 70 SLA 01 07/03/2001
HB 118 SR CIT./DISABLED VET. PROP TAX EXEMPTION REPRESENTATIVE WHITAKER
CHAPTER 23 SLA 01 05/09/2001
HB 164 GRANDPARENTS' RIGHTS REGARDING CINA REPRESENTATIVE DYSON
CHAPTER 43 SLA 01 06/25/2001
HB 171 ALASKA HISTORY CURRICULUM REPRESENTATIVE KAPSNER
(S) HES 02/20/2002
HB 181 COMMUNITY PROPERTY/OBLIGATIONS OF SPOUSES REPRESENTATIVE MURKOWSKI
CHAPTER 80 SLA 01 07/03/2001
HB 210 STAT. OF LIMITATIONS:SEXUAL ASSAULT/ABUSE REPRESENTATIVE MEYER
CHAPTER 86 SLA 01 07/03/2001
HB 252 CHILDREN IN NEED OF AID: SERVICES & LIAB. REPRESENTATIVE COGHILL
(S) RLS 05/16/2002
HB 281 CIVIL LIABILITY FOR PROVIDING ALCOHOL REPRESENTATIVE MEYER
CHAPTER 88 SLA 02 06/27/2002
HB 285 SECOND VERSE OF ALASKA'S STATE SONG REPRESENTATIVE MORGAN
(S) FIN 05/10/2002
HB 300 PROCUREMENT OF TRAVEL SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE HAYES
CHAPTER 112 SLA 02 07/01/2002
HB 320 ELECTRONIC BALLOTING EQUIPMENT REPRESENTATIVE GREEN
CHAPTER 6 SLA 02 03/07/2002
HB 348 VIOLATION OF A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ORDER REPRESENTATIVE CROFT
CHAPTER 113 SLA 02 07/01/2002
HB 374 NAMING DOUTHIT VETERANS' MEMORIAL BRIDGE REPRESENTATIVE LANCASTER
CHAPTER 72 SLA 02 06/20/2002
HCR 4 AFRICAN-AMERICAN CITIZEN RECOGNIT'N MONTH REPRESENTATIVE DYSON
LEGIS RESOLVE 40 04/17/2002
HCR 6 INHALANTS AND POISONS AWARENESS WEEKS REPRESENTATIVE KAPSNER
LEGIS RESOLVE 11 03/27/2001
HCR 20 SEPT 11 DAY OF REMEMBRANCE REPRESENTATIVE STEVENS
LEGIS RESOLVE 49 04/17/2002
HJR 37 ALASKA AIRLINES 70TH ANNIVERSARY REPRESENTATIVE KOTT
LEGIS RESOLVE 46 04/12/2002
SB 1 FOUNDATION FORMULA INCREASE SENATOR WILKEN
(S) FIN 05/10/2002
SB 6 MOBILE HOME PARK EVICTION NOTICE SENATOR ELLIS
CHAPTER 35 SLA 02 06/06/2002
SB 11 COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE/AK HISTORY SENATOR THERRIAULT
CHAPTER 57 SLA 02 06/19/2002
SB 15 INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR CONTRACEPTIVES SENATOR ELLIS
(S) STA 01/08/2001
SB 26 RENTERS' TAX EQUIVALENCY PAYMENT APPROP. SENATOR ELLIS
(S) CRA 01/12/2001
SB 65 STUDY OF PAY EQUITY FOR STATE EMPLOYEES SENATOR DONLEY
CHAPTER 48 SLA 01 06/25/2001
SB 79 FRED ZHAROFF MEMORIAL BRIDGE SENATOR AUSTERMAN
CHAPTER 11 SLA 01 04/10/2001
SB 80 APPROP: SPECIAL OLYMPICS SENATOR HALFORD
(S) RLS 02/15/2001
SB 105 VICTIMS' RIGHTS/ PRISONER'S PFD SENATOR HALFORD
CHAPTER 92 SLA 01 07/05/2001
SB 145 REGIONAL & VILLAGE PUB.SAFETY OFFICERS SENATOR HALFORD
CHAPTER 97 SLA 01 07/10/2001
SB 149 TEACHER RETIREM'T,REEMPLOYM'T,CERTIFIC'T SENATOR LEMAN
CHAPTER 58 SLA 01 06/29/2001
SB 163 HATE CRIMES/DISCRIMINATION/TOLERANCE PROG SENATOR LINCOLN
(S) STA 02/19/2002
SB 164 NO GAS PIPELINE OVER BEAUFORT SEA SENATOR TORGERSON
CHAPTER 29 SLA 01 05/16/2001
SB 198 STATEWIDE SUICIDE PREVENTION COUNCIL SENATOR HALFORD
CHAPTER 84 SLA 01 07/03/2001
SB 249 SPECIAL ELECTION FOR U.S. SENATE VACANCY SENATOR ELLIS
(S) STA 01/18/2002
SB 258 AUTHORIZING ELECTRONIC BALLOTS SENATOR LEMAN
(S) RLS 02/11/2002
SB 287 G.O. BONDS: PUBLIC SCHOOLS SENATOR HOFFMAN
(S) HES 02/08/2002
SB 294 ADULT DAY SERVICES FACILITIES SENATOR ELLIS
(S) HES 02/13/2002
SB 315 MODIFIED BLANKET PRIMARY ELECTION SENATOR ELLIS
(S) STA 02/19/2002
SCR 2 SOBRIETY AWARENESS MONTH SENATOR WARD
LEGIS RESOLVE 10 03/27/2001
SCR 22 SOBRIETY AWARENESS MONTH: MARCH 2002 SENATOR WARD
LEGIS RESOLVE 42 04/17/2002
SJR 14 OPPOSE CANADIAN FEE TO TRANSPORT FIREARMS SENATOR TAYLOR
LEGIS RESOLVE 18 04/27/2001
SJR 19 CONDEMN HATE CRIMES;REQUEST INVESTIGATION SENATOR LINCOLN
(S) STA 03/12/2001
SJR 31 TAX EXEMPT BONDS TO FUND VETERANS LOANS SENATOR WARD
LEGIS RESOLVE 52 05/03/2002
SR 301 PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE RESOLUTION SENATOR GREEN
SENATE RESOLVE 2 07/17/2002