Alaska State Senate District J

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Alaska State Senate District J
Current incumbentJohnny Ellis Democratic Party
Race46.3% White, 11.1% American Indian or Alaska Native, 11.0% Two or More Races, 12.1% Asian, 3.0% Other, 11.7% Black, 4.8% Pacific Islander
Ethnicity90.4% Not Hispanic, 9.6% Hispanic
Voting age69.4% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Alaska's tenth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Johnny Ellis.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 36,344 civilians reside within Alaska's tenth 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, 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 Hollis French, II defeated Bob Bell (R) in the general election.[8] French ran unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary. Bell defeated Liz Vazquez in the August 28 Republican primary.[9]

Alaska State Senate, District 10 (J), General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHollis French, II Incumbent 50.2% 7,605
     Republican Bob Bell 49.8% 7,546
Total Votes 15,151

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Alaska State House District J have raised a total of $1,072,103. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $107,210 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Alaska State House District J
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $465,574 3 $155,191
2010 $127,423 2 $63,712
2006 $297,175 3 $99,058
2002 $181,931 2 $90,966
Total $1,072,103 10 $107,210

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