15th-29th Legislature (1987 -2016)

SENATE
JOHNNY ELLIS





Senator Johnny Ellis
District: J
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 8 INDUSTRIAL HEMP PRODUCTION LICENSES SENATOR ELLIS
(S) FIN 04/01/2016
SB 23 OPIOID OD DRUGS: DISPENSING; IMMUNITY SENATOR ELLIS
CHAPTER 2 SLA 16 03/14/2016
SB 122 EQUAL PAY & MINIMUM WAGE ACT SENATOR ELLIS
(S) STA 01/19/2016



Cosponsored Bills
BillShort TitlePrime Sponsor(s)Current StatusStatus Date
HB 11 NO INTERNET ACCESS TO SOME CRIM. CASES REPRESENTATIVE WILSON
CHAPTER 1 SLA 16 02/26/2016
HB 15 ELECT MONITORING CREDITS;MITIGATING FCTRS REPRESENTATIVE WILSON
CHAPTER 20 SLA 15 05/14/2015
HB 35 MARCH 27: GREAT ALASKA EARTHQUAKE DAY REPRESENTATIVE MILLETT
CHAPTER 2 SLA 15 04/18/2015
HB 43 JAN 9: AK LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS' DAY REPRESENTATIVES LYNN, TALERICO, VAZQUEZ, WOOL, CLAMAN
CHAPTER 1 SLA 15 04/03/2015
HB 44 SEX ABUSE/ASSAULT/DATING VIOL PREV. PROGS REPRESENTATIVE MILLETT
CHAPTER 2 SSSLA 15 07/09/2015
HB 46 WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD VETERAN MEMBER REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER
CHAPTER 33 SLA 15 06/02/2015
HB 56 ALASKA FIREFIGHTERS' DAY REPRESENTATIVES LYNN, CLAMAN
CHAPTER 7 SLA 15 05/05/2015
HB 76 GOV COUNCIL ON DISABILITIES/SPECIAL ED REPRESENTATIVE MILLETT
CHAPTER 5 SLA 16 05/04/2016
HB 128 ALASKA WILD SALMON DAY REPRESENTATIVE EDGMON
CHAPTER 6 SLA 16 05/07/2016
HB 161 MEDICAID: USED DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT REPRESENTATIVE GATTIS
CHAPTER 26 SLA 15 05/19/2015
HB 188 PERSON W/DISABILITY SAVINGS ACCOUNTS REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER
CHAPTER 56 SLA 16 08/06/2016
HCR 5 DECLARE 2015-2017 AS YEARS OF THE ARCTIC REPRESENTATIVE HERRON
LEGIS RESOLVE 12 09/01/2015
HCR 10 MARITIME WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT REPRESENTATIVE STUTES
LEGIS RESOLVE 31 08/16/2016
HJR 6 FEDERAL CONTAMINATION OF ANCSA LANDS REPRESENTATIVE MILLETT
LEGIS RESOLVE 9 09/01/2015
SB 1 REGULATION OF SMOKING SENATOR MICCICHE
(H) JUD 04/04/2016
SB 2 EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE: VETERAN & SPOUSES SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(S) STA 03/27/2015
SB 9 VOTER LIST ACCURACY; ELECTION PAMPHLETS SENATOR MICCICHE
CHAPTER 13 SLA 16 05/27/2016
SB 12 PAID SICK LEAVE SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(S) L&C 02/25/2015
SB 20 DISCRIMINATION: GENDER ID.;SEXUAL ORIENT. SENATOR GARDNER
(S) HSS 01/21/2015
SB 25 MILITARY: SEXUAL ASSAULT SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(S) STA 01/21/2015
SB 43 IMMUNITY FOR FIRE DEPT. & MEMBERS SENATOR COGHILL
CHAPTER 15 SLA 15 05/11/2015
SB 46 MUNI BOND BK;REG HEALTH ORGS;JT ACT AGNCY SENATOR HOFFMAN
CHAPTER 28 SLA 15 05/26/2015
SB 63 NAMING ST. LIBRARY/MUSEUM & READING ROOM SENATOR EGAN
CHAPTER 6 SLA 15 05/05/2015
SB 71 VACCINE CERTIFICATION FOR PHARMACISTS SENATOR GIESSEL BY REQUEST
CHAPTER 16 SLA 15 05/11/2015
SB 84 LANG. IMMERSION SCHOOLS/TEACHER CERTS. SENATOR OLSON
(S) EDC 03/20/2015
SB 88 TEACHERS & PUB EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT PLANS SENATOR EGAN
(S) CRA 03/25/2015
SB 90 MEDICAID: USED DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT SENATOR STOLTZE
(S) FIN 04/11/2015
SB 91 OMNIBUS CRIM LAW & PROCEDURE; CORRECTIONS SENATOR COGHILL
CHAPTER 36 SLA 16 07/11/2016
SB 103 RESIDENTIAL PSYCHIATRIC EDUCATION FUNDING SENATOR GIESSEL
(H) FIN 04/09/2016
SB 104 PERSON W/DISABILITY SAVINGS ACCOUNTS SENATOR GIESSEL
(S) FIN 03/23/2016
SB 109 LEGISLATIVE ETHICS: VOTING & CONFLICTS SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(S) STA 04/13/2015
SB 124 EXTEND SUNSET ON AK COMMISSION ON AGING SENATOR STOLTZE BY REQUEST
CHAPTER 19 SLA 16 06/15/2016
SB 142 INSURANCE FOR ANTI-CANCER MEDICATION SENATOR GIESSEL
CHAPTER 34 SLA 16 07/06/2016
SB 200 MANDATORY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN SCHOOLS SENATOR COSTELLO
CHAPTER 40 SLA 16 07/18/2016
SCR 6 SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH:APRIL 2015 SENATOR MEYER
LEGIS RESOLVE 10 09/01/2015
SCR 20 SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH:APRIL 2016 SENATOR MEYER
LEGIS RESOLVE 33 08/16/2016
SJR 6 AMEND U.S. CONST RE CAMPAIGN MONEY SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(S) STA 01/21/2015
SJR 7 NATIVE AMERICAN VETERANS' MONUMENT SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(H) RLS 03/18/2015
SJR 16 ARCTIC ECONOMIC COUNCIL SENATOR MCGUIRE
LEGIS RESOLVE 21 09/01/2015