15th-29th Legislature (1987 -2016)

SENATE
JOHNNY ELLIS





Senator Johnny Ellis
Senate Majority 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 1 ALASKA MINIMUM WAGE SENATORS WIELECHOWSKI, ELLIS, THOMAS, DAVIS, FRENCH
CHAPTER 56 SLA 09 07/09/2009
SB 32 MEDICAID:HOME/COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES SENATOR ELLIS
(H) FIN 04/14/2009
SB 33 POSTSECONDARY SCHOLARSHIPS SENATOR ELLIS
(S) FIN 02/23/2009
SB 41 NEW DRIVER'S LIC. /PERMIT: CPR/FIRST AID SENATOR ELLIS BY REQUEST
(S) HSS 01/21/2009
SB 42 NURSING MOTHERS IN WORKPLACE SENATOR ELLIS
(S) L&C 01/21/2009
SB 54 PRICE GOUGING INVOLVING ENERGY RESOURCES SENATORS WIELECHOWSKI, ELLIS, FRENCH
(S) FIN 04/14/2009
SB 86 PAID SICK LEAVE SENATOR ELLIS
(S) FIN 03/25/2009
SB 165 AUTHORIZING TRANSFER OF RAILROAD LAND SENATOR ELLIS
CHAPTER 52 SLA 09 07/09/2009
SB 170 UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION SENATOR ELLIS
CHAPTER 27 SLA 09 05/25/2009
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 211 ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE TAX SENATOR ELLIS
(S) HSS 01/19/2010
SB 215 PIONEERS HOME RX DRUG BENEFIT SENATORS WIELECHOWSKI, OLSON, KOOKESH, ELLIS, DAVIS
CHAPTER 90 SLA 10 06/17/2010
SB 249 PUBLIC RECORDS/ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSIONS SENATOR ELLIS
(S) RLS 04/08/2010



Cosponsored Bills
BillShort TitlePrime Sponsor(s)Current StatusStatus Date
HB 6 CRUELTY TO ANIMALS/SENTENCING REPRESENTATIVE LYNN
CHAPTER 79 SLA 10 06/15/2010
HB 10 MUNICIPAL TAX EXEMPTIONS REPRESENTATIVES GRUENBERG, CHENAULT, THOMAS, GARA, HARRIS, KAWASAKI
CHAPTER 10 SLA 10 05/01/2010
HB 24 PROCUREMENT PREFERENCE FOR VETERANS REPRESENTATIVES FAIRCLOUGH, GATTO, LYNN
CHAPTER 45 SLA 10 06/04/2010
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 93 DO NOT CALL REGISTRY--MOBILE/CELL PHONES REPRESENTATIVE CHENAULT
CHAPTER 32 SLA 09 06/16/2009
HB 114 STATE TRANS FACILITY FOR EMERGENCY AID REPRESENTATIVE RAMRAS
CHAPTER 40 SLA 10 06/02/2010
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 168 TRAUMA CARE CENTERS/FUND REPRESENTATIVE COGHILL
CHAPTER 98 SLA 10 06/21/2010
HB 186 AK FIREARMS EXEMPT FROM FED. REGULATION REPRESENTATIVE KELLY
CHAPTER 23 SLA 10 05/27/2010
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 280 NATURAL GAS: STORAGE/ TAX CREDITS REPRESENTATIVES HAWKER, CHENAULT
CHAPTER 16 SLA 10 05/12/2010
HB 307 SEXUAL ASSAULT PROTECTIVE ORDERS REPRESENTATIVE HOLMES
CHAPTER 4 SLA 10 03/31/2010
HB 319 CONCEALED HANDGUNS/ FED FIREMARMS FORMS REPRESENTATIVE HAWKER
CHAPTER 24 SLA 10 05/27/2010
HB 334 MILITARY DEPLOYMENT AND CHILD CUSTODY REPRESENTATIVE THOMAS
CHAPTER 44 SLA 10 06/04/2010
HB 377 VOLUNTEER AMATEUR SPORTS OFFICIALS REPRESENTATIVE STOLTZE
CHAPTER 8 SLA 10 04/30/2010
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 19 OIL TANKER ESCORT VESSELS/OIL SPILL ANNIV REPRESENTATIVE AUSTERMAN
LEGIS RESOLVE 5 07/13/2009
HJR 22 URGING US TO RATIFY LAW OF THE SEA TREATY REPRESENTATIVE SEATON
LEGIS RESOLVE 14 07/29/2009
HJR 25 HYDROELECTRIC POWER; RENEWABLE ENERGY REPRESENTATIVE THOMAS
LEGIS RESOLVE 27 07/22/2009
SB 13 MEDICAL ASSISTANCE ELIGIBILITY SENATOR DAVIS
VETOED BY GOVERNOR 06/04/2010
SB 18 POSTSECONDARY MEDICAL EDUC. PROG. SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(S) FIN 03/16/2009
SB 19 COMPLAINTS AGAINST PEACE OFFICERS/VPSOS SENATOR FRENCH
(S) JUD 02/25/2009
SB 21 MENTAL HEALTH CARE INSURANCE BENEFIT SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HSS 01/21/2009
SB 23 REPEAL DEFINED CONTRIB RETIREMENT PLANS SENATOR ELTON
(S) FIN 03/25/2009
SB 27 FOSTER CARE AGE LIMIT/TUITION WAIVER SENATOR DAVIS
(S) L&C 04/07/2009
SB 29 NAMING THOMAS B. STEWART LEG. OFFICE BLDG SENATOR ELTON
CHAPTER 11 SLA 09 05/18/2009
SB 31 GEOTHERMAL ELEC. PROD. TAX CREDIT SENATOR MCGUIRE
(S) FIN 03/16/2009
SB 35 EXTEND SUICIDE PREVENTION COUNCIL SENATOR DAVIS
(S) RLS 04/11/2009
SB 37 DIVEST INVESTMENTS IN SUDAN SENATOR FRENCH
(S) FIN 04/09/2009
SB 45 VETERANS' CEMETERY/FUND/PLATES/PREFERENCE SENATORS HUGGINS, THERRIAULT
CHAPTER 21 SLA 09 05/25/2009
SB 55 STATE VETERANS' CEMETERY & FUND SENATOR THOMAS
(S) STA 01/21/2009
SB 57 CHARTER/ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL FUNDING SENATOR THOMAS
CHAPTER 9 SLA 09 05/15/2009
SB 61 MANDATORY UNIVERSAL HEALTH INSURANCE SENATOR FRENCH
(S) L&C 03/16/2009
SB 65 MEDICAID FOR ADULT DENTAL SERVICES SENATOR DAVIS
(S) HSS 01/21/2009
SB 69 COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN SENATOR DAVIS
(S) FIN 03/20/2009
SB 79 MED BENEFITS OF DISABLED PEACE OFFICERS SENATOR MCGUIRE
(S) FIN 03/05/2009
SB 87 MEDICAL ASSISTANCE ELIGIBILITY SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(S) FIN 02/11/2009
SB 105 FOSTER CARE/CINA/EDUCATION OF HOMELESS SENATOR DAVIS
(S) FIN 04/14/2009
SB 110 PRESERVATION OF EVIDENCE/DNA I.D. SYSTEM SENATOR FRENCH
CHAPTER 20 SLA 10 05/14/2010
SB 118 MEDICAID: TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY SERVICES SENATOR MCGUIRE
(S) HSS 02/20/2009
SB 119 ENERGY EFFICIENCY PLAN AND GRANT FUND SENATOR THOMAS
(S) RES 02/20/2009
SB 120 MUNICIPAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION SENATOR THOMAS
(S) FIN 02/22/2010
SB 131 NET ENERGY METERING SENATOR MCGUIRE
(S) ENE 02/27/2009
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 150 EMERGING ENERGY TECHNOLOGY FUND SENATOR MCGUIRE
(S) FIN 04/06/2009
SB 152 TRANSPORTATION; TRANSIT AUTHORITIES SENATOR HUGGINS
(S) FIN 04/10/2010
SB 172 ALASKA HEALTH CARE COMMISSION SENATOR OLSON
CHAPTER 96 SLA 10 06/21/2010
SB 173 MARINE & MOTORIZED RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS SENATOR HUGGINS
(S) L&C 03/27/2009
SB 190 BIOMETRIC INFORMATION FOR ID SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(S) RLS 04/09/2010
SB 201 MUNICIPAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS SENATORS MENARD, HUGGINS
(S) CRA 01/19/2010
SB 203 COOK INLET GAS STORAGE FACILITIES SENATORS FRENCH, WIELECHOWSKI
(S) FIN 03/02/2010
SB 208 DNR/REVENUE STUDY ON NATURAL GAS SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(H) FIN 04/13/2010
SB 213 FUNDING FOR SCHOOL MEALS SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(H) FIN 04/14/2010
SB 214 CRUELTY TO ANIMALS SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(S) JUD 01/19/2010
SB 219 TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY:PROGRAM/MEDICAID SENATOR MCGUIRE
CHAPTER 109 SLA 10 06/25/2010
SB 228 TAX INCENTIVES FOR GAS-TO-LIQUID SENATOR MCGUIRE
(S) FIN 03/23/2010
SB 232 MUNICIPAL RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY TAXES SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(S) FIN 02/19/2010
SB 239 IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICES/DUI/CHEM. TEST SENATOR MEYER
CHAPTER 85 SLA 10 06/16/2010
SB 242 GEOTHERMAL RESOURCE TAX CREDITS SENATOR MCGUIRE
(S) FIN 03/22/2010
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
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 12 BYPASS MAIL RATE INCREASE SENATOR OLSON
(S) CRA 03/11/2009
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 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