Berta Gardner

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Berta Gardner
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Alaska State Senate District H
Incumbent
In office
January 28, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 26, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$50,400/year
Per diem$234/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Alaska House of Representatives District 24
2005-2013
Board, Tudor Area Community Council
2000-2002
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Riverside, 1977
Personal
BirthdayApril 12, 1954
Place of birthSalt Lake City, UT
ProfessionOffice Manager
ReligionUnitarian
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Berta Gardner (b. March 12, 1954) is a Democratic member of the Alaska State Senate, representing District H. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Gardner served in the Alaska House of Representatives, representing District 24 from 2005 to 2013.

Biography

Gardner's professional experience includes working as an office manager with Brown Bear Software, a Guardian ad Litem Contract with the State of Alaska and an office manager with Mad Al Distributors/Boscos.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Gardner served on the following committees:

Alaska Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Senate World Trade
Senate Taps Throughput
Legislative Ethics

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

  • HB 15 - "An Act relating to prohibiting the use of cellular telephones by minors when driving a motor vehicle; and providing for an effective date."
  • HB 39 - "An Act relating to open meetings guidelines for legislative bodies; and providing for an effective date."
  • HB 45 - "An Act relating to certain investments of the Alaska permanent fund, the state's retirement systems, the State of Alaska Supplemental Annuity Plan, and the deferred compensation program for state employees in companies that do business in Sudan, and restricting those investments."[1]

Political courage tests

2008

Gardner's answers to the Alaska State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. Whe asked her legislative priorities she replied:

"The biggest issue before us is to get our immense volumes of gas to market. When that goal is accomplished we will be able to do fully address the problems facing this state: high school graduations rates, lack of access to health care, high energy costs and inadequate law enforcement in many areas of the state. We will be able to invest in renewable energy research and to build a real university system, drawing the best and brightest from outside to study here....and perhaps remain to continue moving Alaska forward."[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alaska State Senate will consist of a primary election on August 19, 2014, and a general election 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 is unopposed in the Democratic primary.[3]

2012

See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2012

Gardner won election in the 2012 election for Alaska State Senate District 8 (H). She ran unopposed in the August 28, 2012 Democratic primary and defeated Don Smith (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Alaska State Senate, District 8 (H), General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBerta Gardner 59.5% 6,950
     Republican Don Smith 40.5% 4,730
Total Votes 11,680

2010

See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2010

Gardner won re-election to the 24th District seat in 2010. She had no opposition in the primary or the general election.[7]

2008

See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2008

In 2008 Gardner was re-elected to the Alaska House of Representatives District 24. Gardner (D) finished with 3,992 votes while her opponent Uwe Kalenka (R) finished with 2,560 votes.[8] Gardner raised $55,354 for her campaign fund.[9]

Alaska House of Representatives District 24
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Berta Gardner (D) 3,992
Uwe Kalenka (R) 2,560

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gardner is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Gardner raised a total of $405,793 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 1, 2013.[10]

Berta Gardner's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Alaska State Senate, District H Won $103,167
2010 Alaska State House, District 24 Won $27,140
2008 Alaska State House, District 24 Won $55,354
2006 Alaska State House, District 24 Won $135,619
2004 Alaska State House, District 24 Won $84,513
Grand Total Raised $405,793

2012

Gardner won election to the Alaska State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Gardner raised a total of $103,167.
Alaska State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Berta Gardner's campaign in 2012
Senate Democratic Campaign Cmte of Alaska$5,000
National Education Association Alaska$2,000
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$2,000
Alaska State AFL-CIO$2,000
Alaska Public Employees Association$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$103,167
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Gardner won re-election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Gardner raised a total of $27,140.

2008

Gardner won re-election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Gardner raised a total of $55,354.

2006

Gardner won re-election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Gardner raised a total of $135,619.

2004

Gardner won election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Gardner raised a total of $84,513.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 28th Alaska State Legislature was in session from January 21 to April 20.

2012

In 2012, the 27th Alaska State Legislature was in session from January 17 to April 15. It was in special session from April 15 to April 30.[11]

Personal

Gardner and her husband, Michael, have three children.

She is a member of the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children.[12]

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Alaska State Senate District H
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Alaska State House District 24
2005–2013
Succeeded by
Charisse Millett (R)