John B. Coghill
|John B. Coghill|
|Alaska State Senate District A|
|January 23, 2017|
|Years in position||4|
|Majority Leader, Alaska State Senate|
|Majority Leader, Alaska State House of Representatives|
|Per diem||$238 or $253/day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
|Alaska State House of Representatives|
|High school||Nenana Public High School (1968)|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||5 years service|
|Birthday||August 15, 1950|
|Place of birth||Fairbanks, AK|
|Profession||Small Business Owner|
Prior to joining the Alaska State Senate, Coghill was a member of the Alaska House of Representatives, representing the 11th District since 1998. From 2002-2006 he served as Majority Leader. Sean Parnell appointed Coghill to the state senate in 2009.
Coghill has worked as a history teacher and administrative assistant at Bible Baptist Church School, shop foreman at the Alaska Garage Door Manufacturer, and a salesman with the Fraley Equipment Company.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Coghill served on the following committees:
|Alaska Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Judiciary, Chair|
|• Rules, Vice-chair|
|• State Affairs|
|• Senate In-State Energy, Co-chair|
|• Armed Services|
|• Legislative Council|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Coghill served on these committees:
|Alaska Committee Assignments, 2011|
Coghill's answers to the Alaska State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. He did not provide a response when asked his top legislative priorities.
- HB 34 - "An Act relating to partial-birth abortions."
- HB 35 - "An Act relating to notice and consent for a minor's abortion; relating to penalties for performing an abortion; relating to a judicial bypass procedure for an abortion; relating to coercion of a minor to have an abortion; and relating to reporting of abortions performed on minors."
- HB 193 - "An Act relating to representation by a legislator or legislative employee of another person in an administrative hearing; relating to charity events under the Legislative Ethics Act; requiring compensation of public members of the Select Committee on Legislative Ethics; exempting certain information from disclosure requirements of the Legislative Ethics Act."
On his campaign website, Coghill lists seven main issues, here are excerpts:
- Gas Storage and Trucking
- Drilling in the Interior
- Natural Gas Pipeline
- Susitna-Watana Dam Project
- Healy Clean Coal
- Renewable Energy
- Natural Resources
- "Alaska is blessed with plentiful natural resources in the way of fish, timber, oil & gas, coal, metals, minerals, and agriculture. Alaska’s constitution calls for responsible stewardship and wise resource development for the benefit of our people. Our land is ripe for production. Increased production means more jobs, more state revenue, and more investment in Alaska."
- "More choice makes for a better educational outcome. The Department of Education is disconnected from the realities in Alaska. Instead of one-size-fits-all nationwide standards, Alaska should have authority over its own education system."
- Eielson AFB
- "Eielson and Fort Wainwright make up 35 percent of the local economy. Eielson Air Force Base provides civilian jobs and has an economic impact of $289 million each year on the Fairbanks area. I will do what I can to protect Eielson AFB."
- Your PFD
- "In a recent mail out, Joe Thomas said I voted three times to spend your permanent fund on government. That simply is not true"
- Includes a list of legislation sponsored by Coghill. See here for details
- Energy Projects
- "During the three years I have represented the highway communities of the Richardson and Glenn Highways, energy has been a priority, as has resource development."
- See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2012
Coghill won re-election in the 2012 election for Alaska State Senate District 1 (A). He ran unopposed in the August 28 Republican primary and defeated incumbent Joe Thomas (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Alaska State Senate, District 1 (A), General Election, 2012|
|Republican||John Coghill Incumbent||60.5%||9,464|
|Democratic||Joe Thomas Incumbent||39.5%||6,175|
- See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2010
Coghill won re-election to the District F Seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the November 2 general election.
Coghill was appointed to the position of Alaska State Senator, District F in 2009.
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Coghill raised $13,960 in contributions. 
His three largest contributors were:
|Alaska Association Of Realtors||$1,000|
|Associated General Contractors Of Alaska||$1,000|
Below are Coghill's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|AK Auto Dealers Assoc||$1,000|
|Robert C Penney||$1,000|
|Alaska Assoc of Realtors||$1,000|
|Associated General Contractors of AK||$1,000|
Coghill and his wife Luann have three children.
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- Governor Parnell Signs Two Bills During Trip to Kotzebue - Alaska Native News
- Governor Signs Senate Bill 86 Extending Alaska's Royalty Oil Contract with ... - Alaska Native News
- Governor Visits Flint Hills Refinery, Signs Legislation - Anchorage Daily News
- Governor Signs Bill Modernizing Trust and Estate Laws - Anchorage Daily News
- Parnell signs bill to extend state's contract with Flint Hills - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
- Lawmakers want to renovate, expand their Anchorage offices - Anchorage Daily News
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- Official campaign website
- Official Alaska State Senate website of Senator John Coghill
- John Coghill on Facebook
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Campaign contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002
- Personal blog
- House Majority - Profile of Coghill's time in the House of Representatives
- ↑ Juneau Empire,"Governor picks Tammie Wilson to replace Coghill," November 25, 2009
- ↑ Project Vote Smart - Rep. Coghill Issue Positions
- ↑ Alaska Legislature - Bills Sponsored/Co-Sponsored by Rep. Coghill
- ↑ John Coghill for State Senate, "The Issues," accessed October 27, 2012
- ↑ Alaska Division of Elections - August 28, 2012 Primary Candidate List
- ↑ Alaska Division of Elections, Official 2012 Primary Results
- ↑ Alaska Election Division "Election Results 2012" Accessed November 16, 2012
- ↑ General election results
- ↑ 2010 contributions
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
|Alaska State Senate District A
| Succeeded by|
Gene Therriault (R)
|Alaska State Senate District F
| Succeeded by|
Fred Dyson (R)
|Alaska House of Representatives
| Succeeded by|
Tammie Wilson (R)