15th-29th Legislature (1987 -2016)

SENATE
JOHNNY ELLIS





Senator Johnny Ellis
Senate Minority Leader
District: L
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 17 MEDICAID FOR BREAST & CERVICAL CANCER SENATORS DAVIS, ELLIS, ELTON, FRENCH, GUESS, HOFFMAN, LINCOLN, OLSON
(S) HES 01/21/2003
SB 27 TRACKING OF PESTICIDE USE SENATOR ELLIS
(S) RES 04/07/2004
SB 28 GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE FOR PRIVATE GROUPS SENATOR ELLIS
(S) STA 01/21/2003
SB 33 POLITICAL PARTY REPORTING REQUIREMENTS SENATOR ELLIS
(S) STA 01/21/2003
SB 34 ELECTRONIC MAIL SENATOR ELLIS
(S) L&C 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 126 INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR CONTRACEPTIVES SENATOR ELLIS
(S) STA 03/07/2003
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 204 DONATIONS FOR STATE VETERANS HOME SENATOR ELLIS
(S) STA 04/29/2003
SB 205 O.K. TO ASSIGN PFD TO NONPROFIT CORP SENATOR ELLIS
(S) STA 04/29/2003
SB 233 PESTICIDES & BROADCAST CHEMICALS SENATOR ELLIS
(S) HES 05/21/2003
SB 296 PAPER TRAIL FOR ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINE SENATOR ELLIS
(S) FIN 02/20/2004
SB 332 POLL LEGISLATORS ON SPECIAL SESSION SENATOR ELLIS
(S) STA 02/16/2004
SB 343 BOARD OF WILDLIFE SENATOR ELLIS
(S) RES 02/16/2004
SCR 2 CHILDREN'S ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SENATOR ELLIS
(S) HES 01/23/2003
SJR 11 NATIONAL WHEELCHAIR GAMES SENATOR ELLIS
(S) CRA 03/10/2003
SJR 15 PATRIOT ACT AND DEFENDING CIVIL LIBERTIES SENATOR ELLIS
(S) STA 04/02/2003
SJR 29 AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS SENATOR ELLIS
(S) STA 02/13/2004
SJR 30 AMEND & FUND NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT SENATOR ELLIS
(S) HES 04/07/2004



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 15 SOLICITATIONS/CONSUMER PROTECTION REPRESENTATIVE FATE
CHAPTER 55 SLA 04 06/14/2004
HB 16 STRANDED GAS DEVELOPMENT ACT AMENDMENTS REPRESENTATIVE FATE
CHAPTER 4 SLA 03 04/07/2003
HB 25 HEALTH CARE SERVICES DIRECTIVES REPRESENTATIVE WEYHRAUCH
CHAPTER 83 SLA 04 06/25/2004
HB 52 SEX CRIME AND PORNOGRAPHY OFFENSES REPRESENTATIVE MCGUIRE
CHAPTER 41 SLA 03 06/05/2003
HB 56 UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES ATTY FEES/COSTS REPRESENTATIVE GARA
CHAPTER 169 SLA 04 07/26/2004
HB 58 REINSTATEMENT OF NATIVE CORPS REPRESENTATIVE FOSTER
CHAPTER 7 SLA 03 04/11/2003
HB 59 CLEANUP OF ILLEGAL DRUG SITES REPRESENTATIVE HOLM
CHAPTER 142 SLA 03 07/16/2003
HB 68 OFFICE OF VICTIMS' RIGHTS: INCLUDE MUNIS REPRESENTATIVE SAMUELS BY REQUEST
CHAPTER 6 SLA 03 04/11/2003
HB 82 LIMITATIONS ON COMMERCIAL ELECTRONIC MAIL REPRESENTATIVE MEYER
CHAPTER 14 SLA 03 05/01/2003
HB 196 CARBON SEQUESTRATION REPRESENTATIVE BERKOWITZ
CHAPTER 152 SLA 04 07/03/2004
HB 282 UNIVERSITY EMPLOYEE RESEARCH CONTRACTS REPRESENTATIVE FATE
CHAPTER 22 SLA 04 04/23/2004
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 339 TRADE PRACTICES: FREE TRIAL/OPT-OUT PLANS REPRESENTATIVE MEYER
CHAPTER 57 SLA 04 06/14/2004
HB 347 EXEMPT TAXIS FROM VEHICLE RENTAL TAX REPRESENTATIVE KOTT
CHAPTER 29 SLA 04 05/07/2004
HB 348 NOTICE TO CRIME VICTIMS REPRESENTATIVES STOLTZE, DAHLSTROM, SAMUELS, MCGUIRE
CHAPTER 15 SLA 04 04/21/2004
HB 350 CRIME VICTIMS' COMPENSATION FOR ARSON REPRESENTATIVES GATTO, GRUENBERG
CHAPTER 30 SLA 04 05/13/2004
HB 379 OFFICE OF CITIZENSHIP ASSISTANCE REPRESENTATIVE WEYHRAUCH
CHAPTER 167 SLA 04 07/26/2004
HB 385 AWARDING CHILD CUSTODY REPRESENTATIVE MCGUIRE
CHAPTER 111 SLA 04 06/29/2004
HB 397 DEFENSE CONTACTS WITH VICTIMS & WITNESSES REPRESENTATIVE MCGUIRE
CHAPTER 18 SLA 04 04/21/2004
HB 398 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FATALITY REVIEW TEAM REPRESENTATIVE DAHLSTROM
CHAPTER 19 SLA 04 04/21/2004
HB 443 TEACHERS AND NURSES HOUSING LOAN PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVE KERTTULA
(S) FIN 05/08/2004
HB 459 ELECTRONIC/OPTICAL SCAN VOTING MACHINES REPRESENTATIVE HARRIS
CHAPTER 154 SLA 04 07/03/2004
HB 496 YOUTH VOTE AMBASSADOR / ELECTION BDS REPRESENTATIVE DAHLSTROM
CHAPTER 161 SLA 04 07/24/2004
HCR 8 INHALANTS AND POISONS AWARENESS WEEK REPRESENTATIVE KAPSNER
LEGIS RESOLVE 5 03/27/2003
HCR 11 ALASKA WILD SALMON WEEK REPRESENTATIVE WOLF
LEGIS RESOLVE 15 05/08/2003
HCR 21 ALASKA ENERGY POLICY TASK FORCE REPRESENTATIVE HARRIS
LEGIS RESOLVE 24 06/05/2003
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 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 8 TAMPERING WITH PUBLIC RECORDS SENATOR DAVIS
CHAPTER 141 SLA 03 07/10/2003
SB 9 CLEANUP OF ILLEGAL DRUG SITES SENATOR GUESS
(S) JUD 02/12/2003
SB 10 EDUCATION FUNDING:INSTRUCTIONAL COMPONENT SENATOR GUESS
(S) HES 01/21/2003
SB 11 FOUNDATION FORMULA ADJUSTMENTS SENATOR GUESS
(S) HES 02/16/2004
SB 13 INSURANCE DISCRIMINATION BY CREDIT RATING SENATORS ELTON, COWDERY
CHAPTER 150 SLA 03 08/06/2003
SB 19 GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE FOR PRIVATE GROUPS SENATOR GUESS
(S) STA 01/21/2003
SB 26 STATE EMPLOYEES CALLED TO MILITARY DUTY SENATORS ELTON, TAYLOR
CHAPTER 65 SLA 03 06/11/2003
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 91 INCREASE AMT OF BASE STUDENT ALLOCATION SENATOR DAVIS
(S) FIN 03/02/2004
SB 132 MINTO FLATS GAME REFUGE & TOWNSITE SENATOR LINCOLN
CHAPTER 168 SLA 04 07/26/2004
SB 146 COMMEMORATIVE VETERANS LICENSE PLATE SENATOR GUESS
CHAPTER 68 SLA 03 06/11/2003
SB 154 NURSE EDUC LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM SENATOR FRENCH
(S) FIN 05/07/2003
SB 184 ORGANIC FOOD SENATOR OGAN
(S) RES 04/11/2003
SB 189 JONATHAN LINK COURTHOUSE SENATOR WAGONER
(S) STA 04/16/2003
SB 217 GENETIC PRIVACY SENATOR OLSON
CHAPTER 176 SLA 04 07/26/2004
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 283 APPROP:CAPITAL/SUPPLEMENTAL/REAPPROP/CBR SENATOR HOFFMAN
CHAPTER 159 SLA 04 07/19/2004
SB 308 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROTECTIVE ORDERS SENATOR FRENCH
TRANSMITTED TO (H) 05/10/2004
SB 349 MIDWIFERY BIRTH CENTER LICENSING SENATOR DAVIS
CHAPTER 118 SLA 04 06/29/2004
SCR 5 SOBRIETY AWARENESS MONTH: MARCH 2003 SENATOR STEVENS B
LEGIS RESOLVE 2 04/24/2003
SCR 6 LOCATION OF NEW SEAFOOD LAB SENATOR WAGONER
(S) FIN 04/09/2003
SJR 9 SUPPORTING MEMBERS OF MILITARY SENATOR BUNDE
LEGIS RESOLVE 6 04/24/2003
SJR 10 PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE RESOLUTION SENATOR GREEN
LEGIS RESOLVE 20 08/25/2003
SJR 12 SUPPORTING HALIBUT BYCATCH PROJECT SENATOR STEVENS G
LEGIS RESOLVE 14 05/08/2003
SJR 14 FAA FLIGHT SERVICE STATIONS SENATOR OLSON
LEGIS RESOLVE 44 07/26/2004
SJR 17 ALASKA-YUKON INTERGOV RELATIONS ACCORD SENATOR OLSON
LEGIS RESOLVE 19 08/25/2003
SJR 19 CONST. AM: PERMANENT FUND INCOME SENATOR LINCOLN
(S) FIN 03/01/2004
SR 3 COMMEMORATING SEN. FRANK FERGUSON& OTHERS SENATOR OLSON
SENATE RESOLVE 4 06/23/2004