Hollis French, II

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Hollis French
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Alaska State Senate District J
In office
Term ends
January 26, 2015
Years in position 12
Base salary$50,400/year
Per diem$238 or $253/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Alaska, 1990
J.D.Cornell Law School, 1995
Date of birthOctober 11, 1958
Place of birthNewton, MA
Office website
Campaign website
Hollis S. French II (b. October 11, 1958) is a Democratic member of the Alaska State Senate, representing District J since 2003.

French earned a B.A. in English from University of Alaska in 1990. He later went on to earn a J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1995.

Prior to serving in the Senate, French served as as Assistant District Attorney from 1996-2002 and a law clerk from 1995-1996.

Committee assignments


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

Alaska Committee Assignments, 2013
Administrative Regulation Review
Legislative Ethics


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


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



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.[1][2][3]

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."[4]


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%.


In 2008 French was re-elected to the Alaska State Senate, District M without any opposition. French finished with 9,503 votes (90.71%).[5] He raised $37,117 for his campaign fund.[6]

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

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010 (Off-cycle)

French raised no money in the 2010 election cycle.


In 2008, French collected $37,117 in donations.[7]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Public Safety Employees Association $2,000
Electrical Workers Local 1547 $2,000
Alaska Region Council of Carpenters Local 1281 $2,000
Alaska Public Employees Association $1,500
Alaska State Employees Association Local 52 $1,500

Bill Sponsorship

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


French was born in Newton, Massachusetts. He has one child and lives with his wife Peggy in Anchorage, Alaska.

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