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Joe Thomas
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Alaska State Senate District D
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
High schoolLathrop High School
Bachelor'sWest Virginia University
Date of birthOctober 17, 1948
Place of birthFairbanks, AK
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Joe J. Thomas (b. October 17, 1948) is a former Democratic member of the Alaska State Senate, representing District D from 2007 to 2013.


Thomas was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, attending Fairbanks Public Schools and graduating from Lathrop High School in 1966. Thomas attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks and later earned his B.S. in Psychology from West Virginia University.

Thomas' professional experience includes working as a general laborer in the Fairbanks Laborers Local 942 1966 and being elected Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer in 1977, a position he held until 2003.

Committee assignments


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

  • Subcommittee on Commerce, Community and Economic Development, Chair
  • Subcommittee on Court System
  • Subcommittee on Labor and Workforce Development, Chair
  • Subcommittee on Natural Resources, Chair
  • Subcommittee on University of Alaska


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

  • Labor and Workforce Development Finance Sub-Committee, Chair
  • Commerce, Community and Economic Development Finance Sub-Committee, Chair


Here is a list of the bills sponsored by Senator Joe Thomas.



See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2012

Thomas ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Alaska State Senate District 1 (A). He ran unopposed in the August 28, 2012, Democratic primary and was defeated by incumbent John Coghill, Jr. (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Alaska State Senate, District 1 (A), General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Coghill Incumbent 60.5% 9,464
     Democratic Joe Thomas Incumbent 39.5% 6,175
Total Votes 15,639


See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2010

Thomas won re-election to the District D seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Pete Higgins in the November 2 general election.[3]

Alaska State Senate, District D General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Thomas (D) 9,723
Pete Higgins (R) 7,245


See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2006

In 2006, Thomas was elected to the Alaska State Senate, District D. Thomas (8,992) finished ahead of Ralph Seekins (5,952) and David Braun (415). Thomas raised $137,908 for his campaign fund.[4]

Alaska State Senate, District D (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Thomas (D) 8,992
Ralph Seekins (R) 5,952
David Braun (G) 415

Campaign donors


In 2010, Thomas raised $112,675 in contributions.[5]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Thomas, Joe J $5,106
Alaska Association Of Realtors $2,000
Electrical Workers Local 1547 $2,000
Nea-Alaska $2,000


In 2006, Thomas collected $137,908 in donations.[6]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Senate Democratic Campaign Committee of Alaska $14,850
Joe Thomas $5,951
Electrical Workers Local 1547 $3,000
Alaska Public Employees Association $2,000
Laborers Local 942 $2,000


Joe Thomas was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, and has three children and two grandchildren.

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Preceded by
Alaska State Senate District D
Succeeded by
Mike Dunleavy (R)