Alaska State Senate District I

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Alaska State Senate District I
Current incumbentJohnny Ellis Democratic Party
Race77.7% White, 3.4% American Indian or Alaska Native, 6.5% Two or More Races, 3.4% Asian, 2.1% Other, 6.2% Black, 0.8% Pacific Islander
Ethnicity91.0% Not Hispanic, 9.0% Hispanic
Voting age68.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Alaska's ninth state senate district is represented by Democratic Minority Leader Johnny Ellis.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 35,604 civilians reside within Alaska's ninth state senate district.[1] Alaska state senators represent an average of 35,512 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 31,347 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Alaska State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]


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.[7]



See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alaska State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 19, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. District H incumbent Berta Gardner was unopposed in the Democratic primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[8][9]


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. Incumbent Johnny Ellis defeated Paul Kendall (R) in the general election.[10] Both candidates ran unopposed in the August 28 primary elections.[11]

Alaska State Senate, District 9 (I), General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohnny Ellis Incumbent 68.1% 6,818
     Republican Paul Kendall 31.9% 3,190
Total Votes 10,008

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Alaska State House District I have raised a total of $382,235. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $38,224 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Alaska State House District I
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $55,361 2 $27,681
2008 $25,185 2 $12,593
2004 $19,413 1 $19,413
2002 $47,035 2 $23,518
2000 $235,241 3 $78,414
Total $382,235 10 $38,224

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