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Donald Olson
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Alaska State Senate District T
In office
Term ends
January 26, 2015
Years in position 14
Base salary$50,400/year
Per diem$238 or $253/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2000
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Minnesota-Duluth
M.D.University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Date of birthJune 18, 1953
Place of birthNome, AK
ProfessionAviation Medical Examiner
Office website
Donald C. Olson (b. June 18, 1953) is a Democratic member of the Alaska State Senate, representing District T since 2001.

Olson earned a B.A. in Chemistry at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He later went on to receive an M.D. from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Oral Roberts School of Medicine. He has also attended the University of Colorado School of Law and Cambridge University, Cambridge England. He has also received an Airline Transport Pilot License, Commercial License, Airplane & Helicopters, Airframe & Power Plant Mechanics License as well as an Inspector Authorization. [1]

Olson was appointed to the Alaska State Medical Board in 1995.

Committee assignments


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

Alaska Committee Assignments, 2013
Labor & Commerce
Legislative Budget and Audit


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


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



See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2012

Olson won re-election in the 2012 election for Alaska State Senate District 20 (T). He ran unopposed in the August 28, 2012 Democratic primary and defeated Allen Minish (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Alaska State Senate, District 20 (T), General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDonald Olson Incumbent 75.5% 7,455
     Republican Allen Minish 24.5% 2,415
Total Votes 9,870


In 2008 Olson was re-elected to the Alaska State Senate, District T. Running unopposed Olson finished with 8,687 votes (97.84%).[5] Olson raised $21,149 for his campaign fund.[6]

Alaska State Senate, District T (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Donald Olson (D) 8,687 97.84%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010 (Off-cycle)

Olson raised no money in the 2010 election cycle.


In 2008, Olson collected $21,149 in donations.[7]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Alaska Public Employees Association $1,500
Alaska State Employees Association Local 52 $1,500
Electrical Workers Local 1547 $1,000
Gerald Neeser $1,000
Alaska Laborers Local 341 $1,000

Bill Sponsorship

Here is a list of the bills sponsored by Senator Donald Olson.


Olson was born in Nome, Alaska. He has three children and resides with his wife, Willow, in Golovin.

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