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 1 ALASKA MINIMUM WAGE SENATORS WIELECHOWSKI, ELLIS, THOMAS, DAVIS, FRENCH
CHAPTER 56 SLA 09 07/09/2009
SB 10 MEDICAID/INS FOR CANCER CLINICAL TRIALS SENATOR DAVIS
CHAPTER 117 SLA 10 07/01/2010
SB 11 DEPENDENT HEALTH INSURANCE; AGE LIMIT SENATOR DAVIS
(S) L&C 03/20/2009
SB 12 LIMIT OVERTIME FOR REGISTERED NURSES SENATOR DAVIS
(S) FIN 04/15/2009
SB 13 MEDICAL ASSISTANCE ELIGIBILITY SENATOR DAVIS
VETOED BY GOVERNOR 06/04/2010
SB 14 SUSPEND MOTOR FUEL TAX SENATOR DAVIS
(S) FIN 04/08/2009
SB 21 MENTAL HEALTH CARE INSURANCE BENEFIT SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HSS 01/21/2009
SB 27 FOSTER CARE AGE LIMIT/TUITION WAIVER SENATOR DAVIS
(S) L&C 04/07/2009
SB 28 PUBLIC EDUC. OF HOMELESS STUDENTS/POLICY SENATOR DAVIS
(S) EDC 01/21/2009
SB 35 EXTEND SUICIDE PREVENTION COUNCIL SENATOR DAVIS
(S) RLS 04/11/2009
SB 64 STATE VENDING LICENSES SENATOR DAVIS
(S) L&C 01/21/2009
SB 65 MEDICAID FOR ADULT DENTAL SERVICES SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HSS 01/21/2009
SB 66 MENTAL HEALTH PATIENT GRIEVANCES SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HSS 01/21/2009
SB 67 LABORATORY SCIENCE PROFESSIONAL LICENSING SENATOR DAVIS
(S) L&C 01/21/2009
SB 68 FELONS' RIGHT TO VOTE SENATOR DAVIS
(S) FIN 04/16/2009
SB 69 COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN SENATOR DAVIS
(S) FIN 03/20/2009
SB 70 NATUROPATHS SENATOR DAVIS
(S) L&C 04/01/2009
SB 92 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION COMPACT SENATOR DAVIS
(S) FIN 03/15/2010
SB 101 STUDENT QUESTIONNAIRES AND SURVEYS SENATOR DAVIS
(H) FIN 03/15/2010
SB 102 RAISE COMP. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AGE/TRUANCY SENATOR DAVIS
(S) FIN 03/30/2009
SB 105 FOSTER CARE/CINA/EDUCATION OF HOMELESS SENATOR DAVIS
(S) FIN 04/14/2009
SB 109 REPEAL SECONDARY SCHOOL EXIT EXAM SENATOR DAVIS
(S) FIN 02/18/2010
SB 122 PREKINDERGARTEN SCHOOL PROGRAMS/PLANS SENATOR DAVIS
(S) EDC 02/23/2009
SB 202 HATE CRIMES SENATOR DAVIS
(S) FIN 03/18/2010
SB 207 P-16 EDUCATION COUNCIL SENATOR DAVIS
(S) EDC 01/19/2010
SB 215 PIONEERS HOME RX DRUG BENEFIT SENATORS WIELECHOWSKI, OLSON, KOOKESH, ELLIS, DAVIS
CHAPTER 90 SLA 10 06/17/2010
SB 238 MEDICAID FOR MEDICAL & INTERMEDIATE CARE SENATOR DAVIS
CHAPTER 81 SLA 10 06/15/2010
SB 251 NURSE LICENSURE COMPACT SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HSS 02/01/2010
SB 281 SCHOOLS: PESTICIDES/HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES SENATOR DAVIS
(S) EDC 02/15/2010
SJR 2 FED. HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING/PROGRAM SENATOR DAVIS
(H) EDC 04/16/2009
SJR 19 WITHDRAW ALASKA NATIONAL GUARD FROM IRAQ SENATOR DAVIS
(S) STA 04/07/2009



Cosponsored Bills
BillShort TitlePrime Sponsor(s)Current StatusStatus Date
HB 50 LIMIT OVERTIME FOR REGISTERED NURSES REPRESENTATIVES P.WILSON, GARA, TUCK, PETERSEN, LYNN, SEATON, GATTO, CISSNA, MUNOZ, GARDNER
CHAPTER 118 SLA 10 07/07/2010
HB 63 COUNCIL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: MEMBERS, STAFF REPRESENTATIVES FAIRCLOUGH, HOLMES, COGHILL, P.WILSON
CHAPTER 47 SLA 09 06/23/2009
HB 123 SUICIDE PREVENTION COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE FAIRCLOUGH
CHAPTER 43 SLA 09 06/20/2009
HB 126 EXTEND/RESUME STATE CUSTODY OF CHILDREN REPRESENTATIVE GARA
CHAPTER 80 SLA 10 06/15/2010
HB 137 COMPACT: EDUCATION OF MILITARY CHILDREN REPRESENTATIVE COGHILL
CHAPTER 10 SLA 09 05/15/2009
HB 141 COMPACT FOR JUVENILES; INTERSTATE COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE COGHILL
CHAPTER 37 SLA 09 06/20/2009
HB 168 TRAUMA CARE CENTERS/FUND REPRESENTATIVE COGHILL
CHAPTER 98 SLA 10 06/21/2010
HB 190 CHILDREN'S TRUST REPRESENTATIVE FAIRCLOUGH
CHAPTER 115 SLA 10 07/01/2010
HB 274 ESTABLISHING PURPLE HEART DAY REPRESENTATIVES DAHLSTROM, GARDNER, BUCH, KELLER, PETERSEN, LYNN, GATTO, TUCK, DOOGAN, THOMAS, HAWKER, GUTTENBERG, RAMRAS, FAIRCLOUGH, JOHNSON, MILLETT, HERRON
CHAPTER 2 SLA 10 03/22/2010
HB 307 SEXUAL ASSAULT PROTECTIVE ORDERS REPRESENTATIVE HOLMES
CHAPTER 4 SLA 10 03/31/2010
HB 334 MILITARY DEPLOYMENT AND CHILD CUSTODY REPRESENTATIVE THOMAS
CHAPTER 44 SLA 10 06/04/2010
HB 349 SUICIDE PREVENTION COUNCIL MEETINGS REPRESENTATIVE FAIRCLOUGH
CHAPTER 5 SLA 10 04/14/2010
HB 355 CRIMINAL FINES FOR ORGANIZATIONS REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG
CHAPTER 54 SLA 10 06/09/2010
HCR 7 DECORATION OF HONOR REPRESENTATIVE DAHLSTROM
LEGIS RESOLVE 7 06/02/2009
HCR 16 PROCLAIMING SENATOR DANIEL INOUYE DAY REPRESENTATIVE HARRIS
LEGIS RESOLVE 22 06/08/2009
HCR 20 SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH REPRESENTATIVE FAIRCLOUGH
LEGIS RESOLVE 34 04/13/2010
HJR 10 VETERANS' HEALTH CARE REPRESENTATIVE GUTTENBERG
LEGIS RESOLVE 25 05/25/2009
HJR 16 DISABLED VETERANS PROCUREMENT PREFERENCE REPRESENTATIVE GATTO
LEGIS RESOLVE 30 06/04/2010
HJR 25 HYDROELECTRIC POWER; RENEWABLE ENERGY REPRESENTATIVE THOMAS
LEGIS RESOLVE 27 07/22/2009
HJR 26 STATEHOOD/ANCSA LAND SURVEY FUNDING REPRESENTATIVE FAIRCLOUGH
LEGIS RESOLVE 66 08/03/2010
SB 23 REPEAL DEFINED CONTRIB RETIREMENT PLANS SENATOR ELTON
(S) FIN 03/25/2009
SB 31 GEOTHERMAL ELEC. PROD. TAX CREDIT SENATOR MCGUIRE
(S) FIN 03/16/2009
SB 32 MEDICAID:HOME/COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES SENATOR ELLIS
(H) FIN 04/14/2009
SB 43 SECOND VERSE OF ALASKA'S STATE SONG SENATOR MENARD
(H) RLS 04/15/2010
SB 45 VETERANS' CEMETERY/FUND/PLATES/PREFERENCE SENATORS HUGGINS, THERRIAULT
CHAPTER 21 SLA 09 05/25/2009
SB 57 CHARTER/ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL FUNDING SENATOR THOMAS
CHAPTER 9 SLA 09 05/15/2009
SB 86 PAID SICK LEAVE SENATOR ELLIS
(S) FIN 03/25/2009
SB 87 MEDICAL ASSISTANCE ELIGIBILITY SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(S) FIN 02/11/2009
SB 133 ELECTRONIC HEALTH INFO EXCHANGE SYSTEM SENATOR PASKVAN
CHAPTER 24 SLA 09 05/25/2009
SB 138 TAX CREDIT FOR STATE TOURISM PROGRAM SENATOR MEYER
(S) FIN 03/20/2009
SB 139 INCENTIVES FOR CERTAIN MEDICAL PROVIDERS SENATOR OLSON
(H) FIN 04/12/2010
SB 152 TRANSPORTATION; TRANSIT AUTHORITIES SENATOR HUGGINS
(S) FIN 04/10/2010
SB 157 CERTIFICATES OF PARTICIPATION FOR SUBPORT SENATOR OLSON
(S) FIN 04/03/2009
SB 159 WORKERS' COMP: FUNERAL EXPENSES/MED INFO SENATOR PASKVAN
CHAPTER 77 SLA 10 06/15/2010
SB 172 ALASKA HEALTH CARE COMMISSION SENATOR OLSON
CHAPTER 96 SLA 10 06/21/2010
SB 199 MEDICAID COVERAGE FOR DENTURES SENATOR ELLIS
CHAPTER 60 SLA 10 06/09/2010
SB 206 APPROP UNIV ENGINEERING BUILDINGS SENATOR ELLIS
(S) FIN 02/10/2010
SB 213 FUNDING FOR SCHOOL MEALS SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(H) FIN 04/14/2010
SB 219 TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY:PROGRAM/MEDICAID SENATOR MCGUIRE
CHAPTER 109 SLA 10 06/25/2010
SB 221 SCHOLARSHIPS/ LEGISLATIVE TASK FORCES SENATOR STEVENS
CHAPTER 14 SLA 10 05/10/2010
SB 257 YOUTH COURTS AND CRIMINAL FINES SENATOR EGAN
CHAPTER 110 SLA 10 06/28/2010
SB 266 VIOLENT CRIMES EMERGENCY COMPENSATION SENATOR THOMAS
CHAPTER 99 SLA 10 06/21/2010
SB 276 PHYSICIAN SHORTAGES: GRANTS SENATOR FRENCH
(S) HSS 02/12/2010
SB 283 LEGAL AGE FOR SCHOOL ATTENDANCE SENATOR THOMAS
(S) FIN 03/12/2010
SB 286 PEACE OFFICER RETIREMENT CREDIT SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(S) L&C 02/22/2010
SB 287 IN-STATE GAS PIPELINE SENATOR MCGUIRE
(S) FIN 03/23/2010
SCR 4 ACCEPT FED. ECONOMIC STIMULUS PAYMENTS SENATOR STEDMAN
HELD ON SECY'S DESK 03/23/2009
SCR 13 SUPPORTING SENIOR CAREGIVERS SENATOR BUNDE
LEGIS RESOLVE 36 06/17/2010
SCR 14 FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH SENATOR EGAN
LEGIS RESOLVE 40 08/03/2010
SJR 16 OFFSHORE OIL & GAS REVENUE SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
LEGIS RESOLVE 16 07/23/2009
SJR 17 DESIGNATING 2009 AS THE YEAR OF ARMY NCO SENATOR HUGGINS
LEGIS RESOLVE 9 06/17/2009
SJR 22 FEDERAL PREEMPTION OF SALMON MANAGEMENT SENATOR HUGGINS
LEGIS RESOLVE 33 04/15/2010
SJR 25 OPPOSING S. 1535--LIMIT ON AERIAL HUNTING SENATOR BUNDE
(S) RES 01/19/2010
SJR 27 FED. FUNDING: DOMESTIC SEAFOOD MARKETING SENATOR EGAN
LEGIS RESOLVE 37 06/25/2010
SR 9 COMMITTEE ROOM NAMED AFTER WILLIAM BELTZ SENATOR OLSON
SENATE RESOLVE 6 02/10/2010
SR 10 DOMESTIC NATURAL GAS & ALT. ENERGY SENATOR WAGONER
SENATE RESOLVE 7 08/03/2010