15th-29th Legislature (1987 -2016)

SENATE
JOHNNY ELLIS





Senator Johnny Ellis
Senate Minority Leader (2013)
District: I
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 36 MISSING VULNERABLE ADULT RESPONSE PLAN SENATOR ELLIS
(S) RLS 04/02/2013
SB 40 APPROP: UNIV. ENGINEERING BUILDINGS SENATOR ELLIS
(S) FIN 02/20/2013
SB 117 REJECT RECOMMENDATION OF COMP. COMMISSION SENATORS WIELECHOWSKI, GARDNER, ELLIS
(S) FIN 01/22/2014



Cosponsored Bills
BillShort TitlePrime Sponsor(s)Current StatusStatus Date
HB 30 STATE AGENCY PERFORMANCE AUDITS REPRESENTATIVES CHENAULT, OLSON, FEIGE, LYNN, THOMPSON, MILLETT, T.WILSON, PRUITT, KELLER, STOLTZE, JOHNSON, HAWKER, EDGMON, SEATON, NAGEAK, HERRON, LEDOUX, MUNOZ, AUSTERMAN, COSTELLO, P.WILSON, SADDLER, REINBOLD, GATTIS, HUGHES, FOSTER, ISAACSON
CHAPTER 19 SLA 13 05/28/2013
HB 46 WAIVE CDL SKILL TEST FOR CERTAIN VETERANS REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER
CHAPTER 27 SLA 13 06/02/2013
HB 50 MULTI-UNIT HOUSING: COMMERCIAL USE REPRESENTATIVE COSTELLO
CHAPTER 57 SLA 13 06/26/2013
HB 59 MISSING VULNERABLE ADULT RESPONSE PLAN REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG
CHAPTER 71 SLA 13 07/10/2013
HB 67 VIETNAM VETERANS DAY REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON
CHAPTER 3 SLA 13 03/27/2013
HB 71 AK REGIONAL ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVE HUGHES
CHAPTER 2 SLA 14 03/25/2014
HB 84 MILITARY TRAINING CREDIT/TEMP. LICENSE REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER
CHAPTER 28 SLA 13 06/02/2013
HB 88 STATUTORY REFS TO MENTAL RETARDATION REPRESENTATIVE MILLETT
CHAPTER 42 SLA 13 06/03/2013
HB 116 PERS CREDIT FOR MILITARY SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE MILLETT
CHAPTER 81 SLA 14 07/10/2014
HB 130 JAY HAMMOND DAY REPRESENTATIVE SEATON
CHAPTER 68 SLA 13 07/10/2013
HB 146 PROOF OF MOTOR VEHICLE INSURANCE REPRESENTATIVE HIGGINS
CHAPTER 24 SLA 13 05/29/2013
HB 147 EXTEND AUTISM EARLY DIAGNOSIS TASK FORCE REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER
CHAPTER 35 SLA 13 06/03/2013
HB 153 NAMING WALTER J. HICKEL PARKWAY REPRESENTATIVE LYNN
CHAPTER 67 SLA 13 07/10/2013
HB 180 MILITARY YOUTH ACADEMY REPRESENTATIVE T.WILSON
CHAPTER 72 SLA 13 07/11/2013
HB 199 VPSO FIREARMS REPRESENTATIVE EDGMON
CHAPTER 97 SLA 14 07/18/2014
HB 211 EMPLOYMENT OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES REPRESENTATIVES MILLETT, GATTIS, HOLMES, HUGHES, LEDOUX, JOSEPHSON
CHAPTER 19 SLA 14 05/29/2014
HB 216 OFFICIAL LANGUAGES OF THE STATE REPRESENTATIVES KREISS-TOMKINS, MILLETT, EDGMON, NAGEAK, HERRON
CHAPTER 116 SLA 14 10/23/2014
HB 246 CREAMER'S FIELD REFUGE; WICKERSHAM HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE HIGGINS
VETOED BY GOVERNOR 08/18/2014
HB 263 EXTEND SENIOR BENEFITS PAYMENT PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVE HAWKER
CHAPTER 113 SLA 14 08/06/2014
HB 269 IMMUNITY FOR VOL. HEALTH CARE PROVIDER REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON
CHAPTER 6 SLA 14 04/08/2014
HB 361 LICENSING OF BEHAVIOR ANALYSTS REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER
CHAPTER 41 SLA 14 06/18/2014
HB 369 DRUG OVERDOSE: IMMUNITY FROM PROSECUTION REPRESENTATIVE PRUITT
CHAPTER 72 SLA 14 07/10/2014
HCR 1 STATE FOOD RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT GROUP REPRESENTATIVE STOLTZE
LEGIS RESOLVE 1 06/28/2013
HCR 2 PURPLE HEART STATE REPRESENTATIVE HUGHES
LEGIS RESOLVE 4 06/02/2013
HCR 5 DECORATION OF HONOR REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER
LEGIS RESOLVE 5 06/02/2013
HCR 21 CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH REPRESENTATIVE TARR
LEGIS RESOLVE 36 04/17/2014
HJR 5 OPPOSE GENETICALLY ENGINEERED SALMON REPRESENTATIVE TARR
LEGIS RESOLVE 6 04/15/2013
HJR 24 ARCTIC COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE HERRON
LEGIS RESOLVE 34 07/17/2014
HJR 25 VETERANS: AGENT ORANGE, TOXIN EXPOSURE REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX
LEGIS RESOLVE 69 07/10/2014
HJR 26 OFFSHORE OIL & GAS REVENUE SHARING REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER
LEGIS RESOLVE 30 03/04/2014
SB 4 MILITARY TRAINING CREDIT SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(S) L&C 02/13/2013
SB 6 FUNDING FOR SCHOOL MEALS SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(S) FIN 04/05/2013
SB 15 PREKINDERGARTEN SCHOOL PROGRAMS/PLANS SENATOR FRENCH
(S) FIN 04/08/2013
SB 17 EXTEND SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICE AGENCY SENATOR STEVENS
RETURNED TO (S) RLS 04/02/2013
SB 30 TEACHERS & PUB EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT PLANS SENATOR EGAN
(S) STA 01/22/2013
SB 37 EXTEND SUICIDE PREVENTION COUNCIL SENATOR FAIRCLOUGH
CHAPTER 37 SLA 13 06/03/2013
SB 50 OIL AND GAS: TAXES, CREDITS, FINANCING SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(S) TTP 02/11/2013
SB 56 RECLASSIFYING CERTAIN DRUG OFFENSES SENATOR DYSON
(H) FIN 04/10/2013
SB 61 COMMERCIAL FISHING & AGRICULTURE BANK SENATOR COGHILL
(S) RLS 02/07/2014
SB 85 EXPERIMENTAL VEHICLE PLATES SENATOR BISHOP
CHAPTER 22 SLA 13 05/29/2013
SB 87 NEWBORN SCREENING FOR HEART DEFECTS SENATOR MICCICHE
CHAPTER 56 SLA 13 06/26/2013
SB 104 APPROPRIATIONS FROM THE DIVIDEND FUND SENATOR DYSON
(H) FIN 04/07/2014
SB 108 CONFIDENTIALITY OF CRIMINAL CASE RECORDS SENATOR DYSON
VETOED BY GOVERNOR 08/28/2014
SB 118 EXTEND SENIOR BENEFITS PAYMENT PROGRAM SENATOR FRENCH
(S) HSS 01/22/2014
SB 124 EXTENDING COUNCIL ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SENATOR MEYER
CHAPTER 43 SLA 14 06/18/2014
SB 126 PAID SICK LEAVE SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(S) L&C 01/22/2014
SB 128 ELECTRONIC BULLYING SENATOR MEYER
CHAPTER 85 SLA 14 07/16/2014
SB 131 SEXUAL ORIENTATION DISCRIMINATION SENATOR GARDNER
(S) HSS 01/22/2014
SB 133 KATIE JOHN DAY SENATOR OLSON
(S) RLS 02/26/2014
SB 147 BASE STUDENT ALLOCATION SENATOR GARDNER
(S) EDC 01/31/2014
SB 150 EXPAND MEDICAID COVERAGE SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(S) HSS 01/31/2014
SB 151 HIGH-RISK CHEMICALS FOR CHILD EXPOSURE SENATOR OLSON
(S) JUD 02/24/2014
SB 163 EMPLOYMENT OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES SENATOR MCGUIRE
(S) L&C 02/10/2014
SB 165 PERS CREDIT FOR MILITARY SERVICE SENATOR MCGUIRE
(S) L&C 02/07/2014
SB 170 AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE TO PROSTITUTION SENATOR GARDNER
(H) RLS 04/16/2014
SB 171 MULTIDISCIPLINARY CHILD PROTECTION TEAMS SENATOR COGHILL
CHAPTER 59 SLA 14 07/07/2014
SB 173 SYNTHETIC DRUGS SENATOR MEYER
CHAPTER 86 SLA 14 07/16/2014
SB 183 EXTEND EMERGING ENERGY TECHNOLOGY FUND SENATOR MCGUIRE
CHAPTER 94 SLA 14 07/16/2014
SB 188 BOARD/LICENSING OF MASSAGE THERAPISTS SENATOR EGAN
(S) L&C 02/21/2014
SB 195 POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION LOANS/GRANTS SENATOR FAIRCLOUGH
CHAPTER 89 SLA 14 07/16/2014
SB 202 OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION TAX SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(S) RES 02/24/2014
SB 209 REGULATION OF SMOKING SENATOR MICCICHE
(S) RLS 04/14/2014
SCR 13 FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER SENATOR KELLY
LEGIS RESOLVE 41 07/25/2014
SJR 4 MILITARY PENSIONS SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(S) CRA 01/23/2013
SJR 7 AMEND U.S. CONST RE CAMPAIGN MONEY SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(S) L&C 01/28/2013
SJR 8 MINING/PROCESSING OF RARE EARTH ELEMENTS SENATOR MCGUIRE
LEGIS RESOLVE 13 06/26/2013
SJR 13 CONST AM: GUARANTEE PERM FUND DIVIDEND SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(S) STA 04/03/2013
SJR 19 NATIVE AMERICAN VETERANS' MONUMENT SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(H) STA 04/01/2014
SJR 22 OPPOSE WARRANTLESS DATA COLLECTION SENATOR GIESSEL
LEGIS RESOLVE 51 08/11/2014
SJR 23 CONST. AM: STUDENT LOAN DEBT SENATOR FAIRCLOUGH
HELD TO 4/25 CAL(H) 04/25/2014
SJR 30 CONST. AM: MARRIAGE SENATOR FRENCH
(S) STA 02/24/2014
SR 4 WELCOME ARCTIC CAUCUS SENATOR MCGUIRE
SENATE RESOLVE 4 02/01/2013
SR 5 CHINOOK BYCATCH LIMITS; SEASHARE SENATOR MICCICHE
SENATE RESOLVE 5 06/14/2013