Alaska State Senate District B

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Alaska State Senate District B
Current incumbentJohn B. Coghill Republican Party
Race69.7% White, 11.8% American Indian or Alaska Native, 9.5% Two or More Races, 6.1% Asian, 0.1% Other, 0.1% Black, 0.1% Pacific Islander[1]
Ethnicity95% Not Hispanic, 5.0% Hispanic
Voting age76.5% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Alaska's second state senate district is represented by Republican Senator John B. Coghill.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 31,275 civilians reside within Alaska's second state senate district.[2] Alaska state senators represent an average of 35,512 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 31,347 residents.[4]

About the office

Members of the Alaska State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits.[5] Half of the senate is up for re-election every two years. All seats are up for election after redistricting occurs. Up until 1992, members of the Senate and House were elected to both single-member and multi-member districts. Since then, all Alaska legislators have been elected into single-member districts.[6] The terms of Alaska legislators begin on the 4th Monday of the January following a November election.


Article II, Section 2 of the Alaska Constitution states: A member of the legislature shall be a qualified voter who has been a resident of Alaska for at least three years and of the district from which elected for at least one year, immediately preceding his filing for office. A senator shall be at least twenty-five years of age.


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Alaska State Senate are paid $50,400 per year as a base salary rate. They are also paid a per diem of either $238 or $253/day, tied to the federal rate. This per diem varies depending on the time of the year. Legislators who live in the Juneau area receive 75% of federal rate.[7]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, the Governor is responsible for selecting a replacement. The Governor must select the replacement within 30 days after the vacancy happened. The Governor cannot appoint a replacement if the vacancy happens before a new legislative session is schedule to convene.[8]



See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Alaska State Senate consisted of a primary election on August 28, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 1, 2012. Pete Kelly defeated incumbent Joe Paskvan (D) in the general election.[9] Both candidates were unopposed in the August 28 primary elections.[10]

Alaska State Senate, District 2 (B), General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPete Kelly 54.3% 6,232
     Democratic Joe Paskvan Incumbent 45.7% 5,249
Total Votes 11,481

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Alaska State House District B have raised a total of $570,386. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $81,484 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Alaska State House District B
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $205,454 2 $102,727
2010 $44,791 1 $44,791
2006 $123,248 2 $61,624
2002 $196,893 2 $98,447
Total $570,386 7 $81,484

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