Bettye Davis

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Bettye Davis
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Alaska State Senate District K
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Chair, State Board of Education
Alaska State House of Representatives
Bachelor'sGrambling State University, 1972
Date of birthMay 17, 1938
Place of birthHomer, LA
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Bettye Davis (b. May 17, 1938) is a former Democratic member of the Alaska State Senate, representing District K from 2001 to 2013.

Davis served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1990-1996. During this time she served as both the Majority and Minority Whip. Davis also served on the school board of the Anchorage school district from 1982-89 and again in 1998.


Davis earned her B.S.W. in Social Work from Gambling University in 1971. She also took graduate courses in Family Counseling at University of Alaska, Anchorage.

Committee assignments


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

  • Subcommittee on Education and Early Development
  • Subcommittee on Health and Social Services
  • Subcommittee on Labor and Workforce Development


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




See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2012

Davis ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Alaska State Senate District 13 (M). She defeated Harry Crawford, Jr. in the August 28, 2012 Democratic primary and was defeated by Anna Fairclough (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2][3]

Alaska State Senate, District 13 (M), General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAnna Fairclough 62.3% 11,012
     Democratic Bettye Davis Incumbent 37.7% 6,676
Total Votes 17,688
Alaska State Senate, District 13 (M) Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBetteye Davis Incumbent 52.5% 1,442
Harry Crawford, Jr. 47.5% 1,305
Total Votes 2,747


See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2008

In 2008, Davis was re-elected to the Alaska State Senate, District K. Davis finished with 7,729 votes (56.80%) while her opponent Dave Harbour finished with 5,852 votes (43.00%).[4] Davis raised $84,636 for her campaign fund.[5]

Alaska State Senate, District K (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Bettye Davis (D) 7,729 56.80%
Dave Harbour (R) 5,852 43.00%

Campaign donors

2010 (Off-cycle)

Davis raised no money in the 2010 election cycle.


In 2008, Davis collected $84,636 in donations.[6]

Her five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Senate Democratic Campaign Committee of Alaska $3,326
Public Safety Employees Association $2,000
Electrical Workers Local 1547 $2,000
Alaska Teamsters $2,000
Alaska Public Employees Association $2,000


Davis was born in Homer, Louisiana. She has been a resident of Alaska since 1973, living in Anchorage. Her spouse, Troy, is deceased.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alaska State Senate District K
Succeeded by
Lesil McGuire (R)