John B. Coghill

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John B. Coghill
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Alaska State Senate District A
In office
Term ends
January 23, 2017
Years in position 6
Majority Leader, Alaska State Senate
Majority Leader, Alaska State House of Representatives
Base salary$50,400/year
Per diem$189 or $234/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Alaska State House of Representatives
High schoolNenana Public High School (1968)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service5 years service
Date of birthAugust 15, 1950
Place of birthFairbanks, AK
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
John B. Coghill (b. August 15, 1950) is a Republican member of the Alaska State Senate, representing District F from 2009 to 2013, and District A since January 28, 2013. As of the 2013 session, Coghill serves as State Senate Majority Leader.

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.[1]

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.

Committee assignments


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

Alaska Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary, Chair


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


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.[2]

  • 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."[3]

Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Coghill lists seven main issues, here are excerpts:[4]

  • Energy
  • Gas Storage and Trucking
  • Drilling in the Interior
  • Natural Gas Pipeline
  • Susitna-Watana Dam Project
  • Healy Clean Coal
  • Renewable Energy
  • Efficiency
  • 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."
  • Education
"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"
  • Accomplishments
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.[5][6][7]

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

Coghill won re-election to the District F Seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the November 2 general election.[8]


Coghill was appointed to the position of Alaska State Senator, District F in 2009.

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Coghill raised $13,960 in contributions. [9]

His three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Jansen, Jim $1,000
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:[10]

Contributor 2008 total
AK Auto Dealers Assoc $1,000
Robert C Penney $1,000
Alaska Assoc of Realtors $1,000
Associated General Contractors of AK $1,000
Rynnieva Moss $564


Coghill and his wife Luann have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alaska State Senate District A
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Gene Therriault (R)
Alaska State Senate District F
Succeeded by
Fred Dyson (R)
Preceded by
Alaska House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Tammie Wilson (R)