Hollis French, II

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Hollis French
Hollis French.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for Lieutenant Governor of Alaska
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Alaska State Senate District J
In office
2003-Present
Term ends
January 26, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Minority Leader, Alaska State Senate
2014-Present
Compensation
Base salary$50,400/year
Per diem$234/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Alaska, 1990
J.D.Cornell Law School, 1995
Personal
BirthdayOctober 11, 1958
Place of birthNewton, MA
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Hollis S. French II (b. October 11, 1958) is a Democratic member of the Alaska State Senate, representing District J. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

French has served as Senate Minority Leader since 2014.

After giving serious consideration to a 2014 bid for the governorship, Hollis announced in October 2013 that he would instead seek the open seat of lieutenant governor.[1][2] He won the ADL primary on August 19 and will face Republican nominee Dan Sullivan in the general election.

Biography

French earned his B.A. in English from University of Alaska in 1990 and his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1995. His professional experience includes serving as Assistant District Attorney from 1996-2002 and a law clerk from 1995-1996.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Alaska Committee Assignments, 2013
Resources
Transportation
Administrative Regulation Review
Legislative Ethics

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Here is a list of the bills sponsored by Senator Hollis French.

Elections

2014

See also: Alaska Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

French is running for Lieutenant Governor of Alaska in the 2014 elections. He initially filed a letter of intent to explore a gubernatorial run. French had said the purpose of forming an exploratory committee was to determine whether a campaign for governor would be financially viable.[2] Then, on Oct. 15, 2013, French announced on his Facebook page that he would pursue the office of lieutenant governor instead.[3]

French won the ADL primary on August 19, 2014. He will face Republican nominee Dan Sullivan in the general election contest to succeed outgoing Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R). The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

ADL primary - August 19, 2014

Lieutenant Governor of Alaska Democratic-Libertarian-Independence Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHollis French (Democratic) 61.8% 33,094
Robert "Bob" Williams (Democratic) 25.6% 13,722
Green check mark transparent.pngAndrew C. Lee (Libertarian) 12.5% 6,697
Total Votes 53,513
Election Results Via:Alaska Division of Elections. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.

2012

See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2012

French won re-election in the 2012 election for Alaska State Senate District 10 (J). He ran unopposed in the August 28, 2012 Democratic primary and defeated Bob Bell (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

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

Following the implementation of Alaska's 2011 redistricting plan, French announced that he would he would start campaigning in his new district early to overcome a lack of name recognition. Noting that his new district "is a little more conservative" than his current one, he said he wanted to "start introducing [himself] to the people in my new district as soon as I can."[7]

2010

See also: Alaska gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

French ran for Governor of Alaska, losing to Ethan A. Berkowitz in the August 24 primary by a margin of 46.64% to 38.88%.

2008

See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2008

In 2008, French was re-elected to the Alaska State Senate, District M without any opposition. French finished with 9,503 votes (90.71%).[8] He raised $37,117 for his campaign fund.[9]

Alaska State Senate, District M (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Hollis French (D) 9,503 90.71%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for French is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, French raised a total of $846,290 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 1, 2013.[10]

Hollis French, II's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Alaska State Senate, District J Won $226,194
2010 Alaska Governor Defeated $219,614
2008 Alaska State Senate, District M Won $37,117
2006 Alaska State Senate, District M Not up for election $0
2004 Alaska State Senate, District M Won $89,600
2002 Alaska State Senate, District M Won $185,737
2000 Alaska State Senate, District G Defeated $88,028
Grand Total Raised $846,290

2012

French won re-election to the Alaska State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, French raised a total of $226,194.
Alaska State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Hollis French, II's campaign in 2012
Senate Democratic Campaign Cmte of Alaska$14,200
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 367$2,000
Public Safety Employees Association$2,000
Alaska State Employees Association Local 52$2,000
Laborers Local 942$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$226,194
Source:Follow the Money

2010

French lost the election for the Alaska Governor in 2010. During that election cycle, French raised a total of $219,614.

2008

French won re-election to the Alaska State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, French raised a total of $37,117.

2004

French won re-election to the Alaska State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, French raised a total of $89,600.

2002

French won election to the Alaska State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, French raised a total of $185,737.

2000

French lost the election for the Alaska State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, French raised a total of $88,028.

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

French and his wife, Peggy, have one child. They currently reside in Anchorage, Alaska.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Alaska State Senate District J
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Alaska State Senate District M
2003–2013
Succeeded by
Anna Fairclough (R)