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 6 MOBILE HOME PARK EVICTION NOTICE SENATOR ELLIS
CHAPTER 35 SLA 02 06/06/2002
SB 12 REQUIRED USE OF BIKE HELMET SENATOR ELLIS
(S) TRA 01/08/2001
SB 13 HELMET USE ON OFF-ROAD VEHICLES SENATOR ELLIS
(S) TRA 01/08/2001
SB 14 TRACKING OF PESTICIDE USE SENATOR ELLIS
(S) RES 01/08/2001
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 157 DRUNK DRIVING VICTIMS REMEMBRANCE DAY SENATOR ELLIS
(S) STA 03/22/2001
SB 199 STATE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM SENATOR ELLIS
(S) HES 04/23/2001
SB 249 SPECIAL ELECTION FOR U.S. SENATE VACANCY SENATOR ELLIS
(S) STA 01/18/2002
SB 284 MUNI TAX EXEMPTION: DETERIORATED PROPERTY SENATOR ELLIS
(S) L&C 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
SJR 39 PROTECT SOCIAL SECURITY SENATOR ELLIS
(S) STA 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 110 SOCIAL SECURITY # & DRIVER'S LICENSES REPRESENTATIVE COGHILL
CHAPTER 40 SLA 01 06/25/2001
HB 118 SR CIT./DISABLED VET. PROP TAX EXEMPTION REPRESENTATIVE WHITAKER
CHAPTER 23 SLA 01 05/09/2001
HB 156 MUNICIPAL DEBT FOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS REPRESENTATIVE MCGUIRE
CHAPTER 20 SLA 01 04/27/2001
HB 171 ALASKA HISTORY CURRICULUM REPRESENTATIVE KAPSNER
(S) HES 02/20/2002
HB 172 THERAPEUTIC COURTS/ SUPERIOR COURT JUDGES REPRESENTATIVE PORTER
CHAPTER 64 SLA 01 07/03/2001
HB 187 VANDALISM OF CEMETERIES & GRAVES REPRESENTATIVE WHITAKER
CHAPTER 83 SLA 01 07/03/2001
HB 210 STAT. OF LIMITATIONS:SEXUAL ASSAULT/ABUSE REPRESENTATIVE MEYER
CHAPTER 86 SLA 01 07/03/2001
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 307 OIL/GAS EXPLORATION INCENTIVE CREDIT REPRESENTATIVE FATE
CHAPTER 139 SLA 02 07/05/2002
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 389 MUNI TAX EXEMPTION: DETERIORATED PROPERTY REPRESENTATIVE KOHRING
CHAPTER 102 SLA 02 06/28/2002
HB 411 PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS REPRESENTATIVE FATE
CHAPTER 18 SLA 02 05/08/2002
HB 438 DISABLED VETERANS LICENSE PLATES REPRESENTATIVE MCGUIRE
CHAPTER 31 SLA 02 05/29/2002
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 5 LOWER ALCOHOL LIMIT TO 0.08 FOR DWI SENATOR ELTON
(S) TRA 01/08/2001
SB 22 SAFE SURRENDER OF BABIES SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HES 01/10/2001
SB 42 FOUNDATION FORMULA INCREASE SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HES 04/28/2001
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 65 STUDY OF PAY EQUITY FOR STATE EMPLOYEES SENATOR DONLEY
CHAPTER 48 SLA 01 06/25/2001
SB 71 JUNETEENTH DAY SENATOR DAVIS
(S) STA 02/05/2001
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 90 OFFICE OF CITIZENSHIP ASSISTANCE SENATOR KELLY
(S) STA 02/14/2001
SB 144 ALASKA HISTORY CURRICULUM SENATOR OLSON
(S) HES 03/15/2001
SB 145 REGIONAL & VILLAGE PUB.SAFETY OFFICERS SENATOR HALFORD
CHAPTER 97 SLA 01 07/10/2001
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 232 PFD ELIGIBILITY FOR PEACE CORP VOLUNTEERS SENATOR WILKEN
(S) HES 01/14/2002
SB 233 STATE EMPLOYEE INCENTIVE AWARDS SENATOR ELTON
(S) STA 01/14/2002
SB 248 EXTENDING COUNCIL ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SENATOR AUSTERMAN
(S) JUD 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 318 O.K. TO ASSIGN PFD TO NONPROFIT CORP SENATOR LEMAN
(S) STA 02/19/2002
SCR 2 SOBRIETY AWARENESS MONTH SENATOR WARD
LEGIS RESOLVE 10 03/27/2001
SCR 3 UNIFORM RULES: STANDING COMMITTEES SENATOR DAVIS
(S) STA 01/31/2001
SCR 5 INHALANTS AND POISONS AWARENESS WEEK SENATOR HOFFMAN
(S) STA 02/27/2001
SCR 6 APRIL 2001 SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH SENATOR LEMAN
(S) RLS 03/09/2001
SCR 22 SOBRIETY AWARENESS MONTH: MARCH 2002 SENATOR WARD
LEGIS RESOLVE 42 04/17/2002
SCR 28 JOINT LEGIS SALMON INDUSTRY TASK FORCE SENATOR AUSTERMAN
LEGIS RESOLVE 53 05/03/2002
SJR 4 NCAA BASKETBALL PRESEASON TOURNAMENTS SENATOR WILKEN
(S) STA 01/17/2001
SJR 5 NCAA BASKETBALL PRESEASON TOURNAMENTS SENATOR LEMAN
LEGIS RESOLVE 2 01/29/2001
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