Sharon Cissna

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Sharon Cissna
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Alaska House of Representatives District 22
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Chair, Airport Heights Community Council
Bachelor'sUniversity of Alaska Anchorage, 1972
Master'sAlaska Pacific University, 1992
Military service
Service/branchLieutenant Colonel/Commander, Legislative Squadron, Alaska Wing Civil Air Patrol
Years of service2005-2013
Date of birthApril 5, 1942
Place of birthSeattle, WA
ProfessionBusiness Owner
ReligionUnitarian Universalist
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Sharon Cissna (b. April 5, 1942) is a former Democratic member of the Alaska House of Representatives, representing the 22nd District from 1999 to 2013.


Cissna's professional experience includes owning PS Publication Services and working as a Home Based Mental Health Counselor with Hope Cottages, mental health therapist and family/individual counselor.

Cissna was also a Lieutenant Colonel/Commander in the Legislative Squadron of the Alaska Wing Civil Air Patrol, and is involved with the American Public Health Association, Academy Health, Anchorage Citizens Coalition and Health & Social Services Committee of the National Conference of State Legislators.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Cissna served on these committees:

  • Subcommittee on Education and Early Development
  • Subcommittee on Health and Social Services
  • Subcommittee on Public Safety


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Cissna served on these committees:

  • Subcommittee on Health and Social Services


  • HB 50 - "An Act relating to limitations on mandatory overtime for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses in health care facilities; and providing for an effective date."
  • HB 61 - "An Act relating to eligibility requirements for medical assistance for certain children, pregnant women, and disabled persons."
  • HB 176 - "An Act relating to break times for employees who nurse a child."[2]



See also: Alaska's At-Large Congressional District elections, 2012

Cissna ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Alaska's at-large District. She defeated Debra Chesnut, Matt Moore, Doug Urquidi and Frank Vondersaar in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. She lost to incumbent Don Young (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

U.S. House, Alaska At-Large General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDon Young 63.9% 185,296
     Democratic Sharon M. Cissna 28.6% 82,927
     Libertarian Jim C. McDermott 5.2% 15,028
     NA Ted Gianoutsos 1.9% 5,589
Total Votes 289,804
Source: Alaska Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2010

Cissna won re-election to the Alaska House of Representatives, District 22 in 2010. She had no opposition in the primary or the general election.[5][6]


See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2008

In 2008, Cissna was re-elected to the Alaska House of Representatives District 22. Cissna (D) finished with 3,481 votes while her opponent Mark Fish (R) finished with 2,242 votes.[7] Cissna raised $22,312 for her campaign fund.[8]

Alaska House of Representatives District 22
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sharon Cissna (D) 3,481
Mark Fish (R) 2,242

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Cissna's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Cissna did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Cissna's campaign committee raised a total of $19,660 and spent $24,388.[9]


In 2010, Cissna raised $10,230 in contributions.[10]

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Alaska Public Employees Association $2,000
Alaska State Employees Association Local 52 $2,000
Nea-Alaska $1,500
Electrical Workers Local 1547 $1,000


In 2008, Cissna raised $22,312 for her campaign fund. Five of her top contributors are listed below.[8]

Contributor 2008 total
AK Public Employees Assoc $2,000
AK State Employees Assoc Local 52 $2,000
Int Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $2,000
Public Safety Employees Assoc $1,500
Operating Engineers Local 302 $1,500


Cissna is widowed and has one child.

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Preceded by
Alaska House of Representatives District 22
Succeeded by
Chris Tuck (D)