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 3 INFLATION PROOF FOUNDATION FORMULA SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HES 01/21/2003
SB 4 FORWARD FUNDING FOR EDUCATION SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HES 01/21/2003
SB 5 PSYCH. EVALUATION/TREATMENT FOR STUDENTS SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HES 01/21/2003
SB 6 CHILD PROTECTION: PERS PEACE OFF STATUS SENATOR DAVIS
(S) STA 01/21/2003
SB 7 LEGAL AGE FOR SCHOOL ATTENDANCE SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HES 01/21/2003
SB 8 TAMPERING WITH PUBLIC RECORDS SENATOR DAVIS
CHAPTER 141 SLA 03 07/10/2003
SB 17 MEDICAID FOR BREAST & CERVICAL CANCER SENATORS DAVIS, ELLIS, ELTON, FRENCH, GUESS, HOFFMAN, LINCOLN, OLSON
(S) HES 01/21/2003
SB 80 ELECTION DAY VOTER REGISTRATION SENATOR DAVIS
(S) STA 02/21/2003
SB 91 INCREASE AMT OF BASE STUDENT ALLOCATION SENATOR DAVIS
(S) FIN 03/02/2004
SB 261 HATE CRIMES SENATOR DAVIS
(S) STA 01/14/2004
SB 262 EXTEND BOARD OF DISPENSING OPTICIANS SENATOR DAVIS
(S) L&C 04/01/2004
SB 263 EXTEND ALASKA COMMISSION ON AGING SENATOR DAVIS
(S) FIN 02/20/2004
SB 293 APPROP: CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION GRANTS SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HES 02/04/2004
SB 294 MEDICAID COVERAGE FOR BIRTHING CENTERS SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HES 02/04/2004
SB 349 MIDWIFERY BIRTH CENTER LICENSING SENATOR DAVIS
CHAPTER 118 SLA 04 06/29/2004



Cosponsored Bills
BillShort TitlePrime Sponsor(s)Current StatusStatus Date
HB 1 STALKING & PROTECTIVE ORDERS REPRESENTATIVES HEINZE, CRAWFORD
CHAPTER 87 SLA 03 06/13/2003
HB 10 GROUP HEALTH INS: PRIVATE GROUPS/PERSONS REPRESENTATIVES HEINZE, ROKEBERG
CHAPTER 54 SLA 04 06/14/2004
HB 12 HARASSMENT BY ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION REPRESENTATIVE MEYER
CHAPTER 13 SLA 03 05/01/2003
HB 82 LIMITATIONS ON COMMERCIAL ELECTRONIC MAIL REPRESENTATIVE MEYER
CHAPTER 14 SLA 03 05/01/2003
HB 205 PFD: PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS & MISC REPRESENTATIVE MCGUIRE
(S) JUD 05/15/2003
HB 273 PARENTS' WAIVER OF CHILD'S SPORTS CLAIM REPRESENTATIVE MCGUIRE
CHAPTER 67 SLA 04 06/16/2004
HB 334 UNLAWFUL EXPLOITATION OF MINOR/CHILD PORN REPRESENTATIVE MEYER
CHAPTER 131 SLA 04 06/29/2004
HB 337 ANATOMICAL GIFTS REGISTRY/AWARENESS FUND REPRESENTATIVE MCGUIRE
CHAPTER 68 SLA 04 06/16/2004
HB 341 DIVE FISHERY MANAGEMENT ASSESSMENT REPRESENTATIVE WILLIAMS
CHAPTER 156 SLA 04 07/03/2004
HB 385 AWARDING CHILD CUSTODY REPRESENTATIVE MCGUIRE
CHAPTER 111 SLA 04 06/29/2004
HB 398 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FATALITY REVIEW TEAM REPRESENTATIVE DAHLSTROM
CHAPTER 19 SLA 04 04/21/2004
HB 496 YOUTH VOTE AMBASSADOR / ELECTION BDS REPRESENTATIVE DAHLSTROM
CHAPTER 161 SLA 04 07/24/2004
HB 512 HYDROGEN ENERGY RESEARCH PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVE CRAWFORD
(S) FIN 05/05/2004
HCR 8 INHALANTS AND POISONS AWARENESS WEEK REPRESENTATIVE KAPSNER
LEGIS RESOLVE 5 03/27/2003
HCR 31 TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS MONTH REPRESENTATIVE MCGUIRE
LEGIS RESOLVE 43 05/07/2004
HJR 14 NATIONAL WHEELCHAIR GAMES REPRESENTATIVE CROFT
LEGIS RESOLVE 26 07/15/2003
HJR 22 PATRIOT ACT AND DEFENDING CIVIL LIBERTIES REPRESENTATIVE GUTTENBERG
LEGIS RESOLVE 27 07/15/2003
HJR 29 US COAST GUARD ROTC/JROTC PROGRAMS REPRESENTATIVE LYNN
LEGIS RESOLVE 30 07/15/2003
HJR 30 ELIMINATE SOCIAL SECURITY OFFSET REPRESENTATIVE GATTO
LEGIS RESOLVE 42 05/04/2004
SB 1 INCREASE AMT OF BASE STUDENT ALLOCATION SENATOR WILKEN
(S) FIN 03/02/2004
SB 2 PARENT LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE BY CHILD SENATOR DYSON
(S) RLS 05/10/2003
SB 12 TEACHER LOAN ASSUMPTION PROGRAM SENATOR GUESS
(S) HES 01/21/2003
SB 24 SPECIAL ABSENTEE BALLOTS SENATOR LINCOLN
(S) JUD 03/20/2003
SB 25 TEACHERS' & NURSES HOUSING/ AHFC LOANS SENATOR WILKEN
CHAPTER 126 SLA 03 06/18/2003
SB 26 STATE EMPLOYEES CALLED TO MILITARY DUTY SENATORS ELTON, TAYLOR
CHAPTER 65 SLA 03 06/11/2003
SB 28 GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE FOR PRIVATE GROUPS SENATOR ELLIS
(S) STA 01/21/2003
SB 37 ADULT DAY SERVICES FACILITIES SENATOR ELLIS
(S) STA 01/21/2003
SB 52 SPECIAL ELECTION FOR U.S. SENATE VACANCY SENATOR ELLIS
(S) STA 01/31/2003
SB 64 CREDIT INFORMATION SENATOR FRENCH
(H) JUD 05/05/2003
SB 65 CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES/PERSONNEL SENATOR GREEN
CHAPTER 160 SLA 04 07/22/2004
SB 85 REPEAT SERIOUS SEX OFFENSES/VICTIM COMP. SENATOR FRENCH
CHAPTER 90 SLA 03 06/13/2003
SB 101 TEACHER CADET PROGRAM SENATOR LINCOLN
(S) HES 03/05/2003
SB 126 INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR CONTRACEPTIVES SENATOR ELLIS
(S) STA 03/07/2003
SB 132 MINTO FLATS GAME REFUGE & TOWNSITE SENATOR LINCOLN
CHAPTER 168 SLA 04 07/26/2004
SB 133 STATE VETERANS' HOME SENATOR ELLIS
(S) CRA 03/10/2003
SB 134 APPROP: STATE VETERANS' HOME SENATOR ELLIS
(S) CRA 03/10/2003
SB 135 VETERANS APPRECIATION DAY SENATOR ELLIS
(S) STA 03/10/2003
SB 154 NURSE EDUC LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM SENATOR FRENCH
(S) FIN 05/07/2003
SB 160 CIVIL LIABILITY FOR DEFIBRILLATOR USE SENATOR OLSON
CHAPTER 120 SLA 03 06/18/2003
SB 191 INSURANCE POOLING BY BUSINESSES SENATOR TAYLOR
(S) L&C 04/22/2003
SB 224 MINORS DRIVING AFTER CONSUMING ALCOHOL SENATOR COWDERY
CHAPTER 128 SLA 04 06/29/2004
SB 246 HATE CRIMES/DISCRIMINATION/TOLERANCE PROG SENATOR LINCOLN
(S) FIN 05/07/2004
SB 248 HIGH SCHOOL COMPETENCY EXAMS/DIPLOMAS SENATOR GUESS
(S) HES 02/13/2004
SB 251 APPROP: LONGEVITY BONUS SENATOR FRENCH
(S) HES 01/12/2004
SB 308 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROTECTIVE ORDERS SENATOR FRENCH
TRANSMITTED TO (H) 05/10/2004
SCR 4 AVALANCHE AWARENESS MONTH SENATOR GREEN
LEGIS RESOLVE 7 04/24/2003
SCR 5 SOBRIETY AWARENESS MONTH: MARCH 2003 SENATOR STEVENS B
LEGIS RESOLVE 2 04/24/2003
SJR 4 ENDORSING ANWR LEASING SENATOR WAGONER
LEGIS RESOLVE 4 03/27/2003
SJR 5 DESTROY BRADY BILL RECORDS SENATOR WAGONER
LEGIS RESOLVE 21 08/25/2003
SJR 10 PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE RESOLUTION SENATOR GREEN
LEGIS RESOLVE 20 08/25/2003
SJR 11 NATIONAL WHEELCHAIR GAMES SENATOR ELLIS
(S) CRA 03/10/2003
SJR 12 SUPPORTING HALIBUT BYCATCH PROJECT SENATOR STEVENS G
LEGIS RESOLVE 14 05/08/2003
SR 3 COMMEMORATING SEN. FRANK FERGUSON& OTHERS SENATOR OLSON
SENATE RESOLVE 4 06/23/2004
SSCR 1 DISAPPROVING EXECUTIVE ORDER 107 SENATOR ELTON
(S) STA 03/10/2003