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 35 CPR/FIRST AID REQUIRED FOR HS GRADUATION SENATOR ELLIS
(S) HES 01/11/2005
SB 89 APPROP: DOWLING ROAD EXTENSION SENATOR ELLIS
(S) TRA 02/02/2005
SB 99 APPROP: UNIV. INTEGRATED SCIENCE COMPLEX SENATOR ELLIS
(S) HES 02/03/2006
SB 136 UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BENEFITS SENATOR ELLIS
(S) FIN 02/09/2006
SB 148 INFORMATION SECURITY SENATOR ELLIS
(S) L&C 03/21/2005
SB 191 LOCAL TAX RELIEF & MUNI. ASSISTANCE FUND SENATOR ELLIS
(S) CRA 04/28/2005
SB 217 MUNICIPAL ASSISTANCE/LOCAL TAX RELIEF SENATOR ELLIS
(S) CRA 01/30/2006
SB 287 POSTSECONDARY TUITION FOR FOSTER CHILDREN SENATOR ELLIS
(S) HES 02/13/2006
SB 288 SEPTEMBER AS EDUCATION SAVINGS MONTH SENATOR ELLIS
(S) RLS 05/04/2006
SJR 18 SUPPORTING IN-STATE MED. CARE FOR VETS SENATOR ELLIS
(S) HES 02/13/2006



Cosponsored Bills
BillShort TitlePrime Sponsor(s)Current StatusStatus Date
HB 13 SCHOOL FUNDING & SCHOOL BOND REIMBURSEMNT REPRESENTATIVES GATTO, GRUENBERG
CHAPTER 41 SLA 06 05/25/2006
HB 19 PESTICIDE & BROADCAST CHEMICALS REPRESENTATIVE MEYER
CHAPTER 42 SLA 05 06/07/2005
HB 53 CHILDREN IN NEED OF AID/ADOPTION/GUARDIAN REPRESENTATIVE COGHILL
CHAPTER 64 SLA 05 06/30/2005
HB 91 INDECENT EXPOSURE TO MINORS REPRESENTATIVE COGHILL
CHAPTER 62 SLA 05 06/30/2005
HB 92 UNIV. OF ALASKA & CORPORATE STOCK REPRESENTATIVE KELLY
CHAPTER 18 SLA 06 05/01/2006
HB 109 SCREENING NEWBORN FOR HEARING/AUDIOLOGIST REPRESENTATIVE RAMRAS
CHAPTER 43 SLA 06 05/25/2006
HB 131 ACCESS DEVICE & I.D. DOCUMENT CRIMES REPRESENTATIVE STOLTZE
CHAPTER 67 SLA 05 07/13/2005
HB 136 DRIVING UNDER INFLUENCE SENTENCING REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG
CHAPTER 68 SLA 05 07/13/2005
HB 181 WAIVE CONTINUING EDUC. REQ FOR MILITARY REPRESENTATIVE COGHILL
CHAPTER 63 SLA 05 06/30/2005
HB 185 POSTSECONDARY STUDENT IMMUNIZATION REPRESENTATIVE CHENAULT
CHAPTER 21 SLA 05 05/17/2005
HB 201 PERM. FUND DIVIDEND APPS OF MILITARY REPRESENTATIVE CHENAULT
CHAPTER 83 SLA 05 07/21/2005
HB 219 STRANGULATION & SUFFOCATION CRIMES REPRESENTATIVE HAWKER
CHAPTER 20 SLA 05 05/17/2005
HB 277 GAMBLE-SPERL UAS JOINT USE FACILITY REPRESENTATIVE KERTTULA
CHAPTER 45 SLA 05 06/07/2005
HB 357 STATUTORY REFERENCES TO DISABILITIES REPRESENTATIVE WILSON
CHAPTER 25 SLA 06 05/09/2006
HB 393 INSURANCE FOR COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING REPRESENTATIVE ANDERSON
CHAPTER 97 SLA 06 08/02/2006
HB 399 ELDER FRAUD AND ASSISTANCE/ OPA REPRESENTATIVE CHENAULT
CHAPTER 64 SLA 06 06/15/2006
HB 441 THERAPEUTIC COURT FOR DUI/SENTENCING REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG
CHAPTER 56 SLA 06 06/08/2006
HCR 1 SOBRIETY AWARENESS MONTH: MARCH 2005 REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG
LEGIS RESOLVE 1 03/14/2005
HCR 2 IN-STATE NATURAL GAS NEEDS REPRESENTATIVE SAMUELS
LEGIS RESOLVE 11 05/17/2005
HCR 13 NATURAL GAS SPUR LINE CONSTRUCTION REPRESENTATIVE RAMRAS
LEGIS RESOLVE 29 02/06/2006
HCR 30 AK CLIMATE IMPACT ASSESSMENT COMMISSION REPRESENTATIVE JOULE
LEGIS RESOLVE 49 07/07/2006
HJR 6 LABELING OF FISH /SHELLFISH PRODUCTS REPRESENTATIVE KERTTULA
LEGIS RESOLVE 5 05/19/2005
HJR 8 SUPPORTING ALASKA ARMY NATL. GUARD REPRESENTATIVE WEYHRAUCH
LEGIS RESOLVE 9 05/19/2005
HJR 9 EXXON VALDEZ JUDGMENT: CONGRESS/REOPENER REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX
LEGIS RESOLVE 52 08/30/2006
HJR 20 PROSTATE CANCER DRUGS REPRESENTATIVE GATTO
LEGIS RESOLVE 20 06/03/2005
HJR 27 ALLOTMENTS FOR NATIVE VIETNAM VETERANS REPRESENTATIVE COGHILL
LEGIS RESOLVE 37 06/01/2006
HJR 31 FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDERS DAY REPRESENTATIVE WEYHRAUCH
LEGIS RESOLVE 54 08/30/2006
SB 4 REQUIRE CPR FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION SENATOR COWDERY
(S) HES 01/11/2005
SB 8 NURSE EDUC LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM SENATOR FRENCH
(S) HES 01/11/2005
SB 10 PARENTAL LIABILITY FOR CHILD'S DAMAGE SENATORS GUESS, DYSON
(S) FIN 02/14/2006
SB 12 HUMAN TRAFFICKING/SEXTOURISM/PROCUREMENTS SENATOR DYSON
CHAPTER 72 SLA 06 06/16/2006
SB 22 MEDICAID COVERAGE FOR BIRTHING CENTERS SENATORS DAVIS, DYSON
CHAPTER 78 SLA 05 07/14/2005
SB 23 FORWARD FUNDING FOR EDUCATION SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HES 01/11/2005
SB 25 GENETICALLY MODIFIED FISH/FISH PRODUCTS SENATORS ELTON, STEVENS G
CHAPTER 26 SLA 05 05/19/2005
SB 30 POSTSECONDARY STUDENT IMMUNIZATION SENATOR ELTON
(S) HES 01/11/2005
SB 33 FOUNDATION FORMULA INFLATION ADJUSTMENTS SENATORS DAVIS, GUESS
(S) FIN 01/11/2005
SB 39 BALLOT PROPOSITIONS AND TITLES SENATOR ELTON
(S) STA 01/11/2005
SB 54 PROTECTIVE ORDER FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT/ABUSE SENATOR DYSON
CHAPTER 36 SLA 06 05/18/2006
SB 60 EXTEND SUICIDE PREVENTION COUNCIL SENATOR STEVENS B
CHAPTER 8 SLA 05 04/09/2005
SB 63 USE SEAT BELT ROAD SIGNS SENATOR STEVENS B
CHAPTER 15 SLA 05 05/12/2005
SB 68 SCREENING NEWBORNS FOR HEARING ABILITY SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HES 01/21/2005
SB 90 ALASKA TERRITORIAL GUARD DAY SENATOR HUGGINS
CHAPTER 17 SLA 05 05/12/2005
SB 104 PERMANENT FUND DIVIDEND FRAUD/ELIGIBILITY SENATOR SEEKINS
CHAPTER 42 SLA 06 05/25/2006
SB 106 SALE OF METHAMPHETAMINE AND PRECURSORS SENATOR GUESS
(S) JUD 02/14/2005
SB 111 FOUNDATION FORMULA INFLATION ADJUSTMENT SENATOR ELTON
(S) HES 02/18/2005
SB 117 RECORDED STATEMENTS OF CHILD VICTIMS SENATOR FRENCH
(S) FIN 04/04/2005
SB 118 ONLINE ENTICEMENT OF MINOR SENATOR FRENCH
(S) FIN 03/24/2005
SB 119 BAN ONLINE DIST. OF PORNOGRAPHY TO MINORS SENATOR FRENCH
(S) FIN 03/24/2005
SB 134 PILOT PROJECT: SEX OFFENSE VICTIMS RIGHTS SENATOR BUNDE
CHAPTER 74 SLA 06 06/16/2006
SB 140 COMPUTERS & INTERNET SENATOR THERRIAULT
CHAPTER 97 SLA 05 08/30/2005
SB 193 DEFERRAL OF MUNICIPAL PROPERTY TAXES SENATOR BUNDE
(S) FIN 03/13/2006
SB 209 ACCESS TO LICENSED CLUB PREMISES SENATOR HUGGINS
CHAPTER 69 SLA 06 06/15/2006
SB 222 PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION SENATORS THERRIAULT, GUESS
(S) FIN 03/15/2006
SB 224 OLDER ALASKANS' DAY SENATOR STEVENS G
CHAPTER 8 SLA 06 03/23/2006
SB 244 NO DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ACUPUNCTURIST SENATOR WAGONER
(S) HES 02/15/2006
SB 277 MEDICAL ASSISTANCE ELIGIBILITY SENATOR ELTON
(S) HES 02/13/2006
SB 285 LEGISLATIVE DISCLOSURES SENATOR FRENCH
(S) JUD 05/03/2006
SB 292 NET PRODUCTION TAX ON OIL SENATOR FRENCH
(S) RES 02/17/2006
SCR 2 ROTARY INTERNATIONAL YEAR 2005 SENATOR STEVENS G
LEGIS RESOLVE 4 05/17/2005
SJR 5 REAUTHORIZE METHANE HYDRATE RESEARCH ACT SENATOR THERRIAULT
LEGIS RESOLVE 3 05/19/2005
SJR 9 URGE CONGRESS HONOR EXXON VALDEZ JUDGMENT SENATOR STEVENS G
(S) RES 02/18/2005
SJR 17 COLLECT MORE EXXON VALDEZ SPILL DAMAGES SENATOR FRENCH
(S) JUD 04/27/2006
SR 4 USPS AIR SHIPMENT OF BYPASS MAIL SENATOR OLSON
SENATE RESOLVE 3 05/27/2005