Berta Gardner

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Berta Gardner
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Alaska State Senate District H
In office
January 28, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 26, 2015
Years in position 1
Base salary$50,400/year
Per diem$238 or $253/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
Board, Tudor Area Community Council
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Riverside, 1977
BirthdayApril 12, 1954
Place of birthSalt Lake City, UT
ProfessionOffice Manager
Office website
Personal website
Berta Gardner (b. March 12, 1954) is a Democratic member of the Alaska State Senate, representing District H since January 28, 2013. She is a former member of the Alaska House of Representatives, representing the 24th District from 2005 to 2013.

Gardner works as an office manager with Brown Bear Software. She has previously worked as a Guardian ad Litem Contract with the State of Alaska, and an office manager with Mad Al Distributors/Boscos.

She is a member of the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children.[1]

Committee assignments


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

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


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


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


Gardner'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. 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]

  • 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."[3]



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


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][8]


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.[9] Gardner raised $55,354 for her campaign fund.[10]

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


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Gardner raised $27,140 in contributions. [11]

Her three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Alaska Public Employees Association $2,000
Alaska State Employees Association Local 52 $2,000
Nea-Alaska $2,000


In 2008 Gardner raised $55,354 for her campaign fund. Five of her top contributors are listed below.[12]

Contributor 2008 total
AK State Employees Assoc Local 52 $2,000
Carpenters & Joiners Local 1281 $2,000
Operating Engineers Local 302 $2,000
Int Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $2,000
AK Public Employees Assoc $1,500


Gardner and her husband Michael have three children.

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Preceded by
Alaska State Senate District H
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Alaska State House District 24
Succeeded by
Charisse Millett (R)