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Personal Profile


Senator John Coghill

District F, Republican

Date/Place of Birth

  • August 15, 1950, Fairbanks, Alaska


  • Nenana: 1950 – 1975
  • Fairbanks: 1975 – present


  • Wife – Luann
  • Children – Shaun (John), Joshua, Jayme
  • Grandchildren – Alexander, Grace, Joshua, and Kinley


  • Nenana Public School: 1955 – 1968, High School Diploma


  • 5 years service
  • U.S. Air Force, S.Sgt

Legislative Experience

  • Alaska State House of Representatives:Majority Leader: 2003 – 2006
  • Chair, House Rules Committee: 2007 – 2009
  • Chair, House State Affairs Committee: 2001 – 2002
  • Co-Chair, Joint Armed Services Committee Member: 2005 – 2006
  • Co-Chair, Health, Education & Social Services Committee: 1999 – 2000
  • Vice-Chair, Special Committee on Military & Veterans’ Affairs: 1999 – 2000
  • AK Information Infrastructure Task Force: 2005 – 2006
  • House Judiciary Committee: 2001 – 2009
  • Legislative Council Joint Committee: 2003 – 2009
  • Local Government Advisory Commission: 2005 – 2006
  • Rules Committee: 2003 – present
  • State Affairs Committee: 2003 – 2004
  • Special Committee on Economic evelopment, International Trade, and Tourism: 2005 – 2006
  • Special Committee on Education: 2003
  • Special Committee on Fisheries: 2001 – 2002
  • Health, Education & Social Services Committee: 2001 – 2004
  • Finance Subcommittees:
    • Governor: 2003 – 2006
    • Health & Social Services: 2001 – 2006
    • Legislature: 2003 – 2006
    • Natural Resources: 1999 – 2006
    • Education & Early Development: 2001 – 2002
    • Education: 1999 – 2000
    • Military & Veterans’ Affairs: 1999 – 2000
  • Alaska State Senate: Majority Leader 2013 to present
  • Minority Leader 2012
  • Senate Judiciary committee member: 2010 to 2012, Chair 2013 - present
  • Senate Member of Select Committee on Legislative Ethics – 2010 to 2012

Other Political and Government Positions

  • Chair, District 18 Republican Party of Alaska Former Chair
  • District 32 Republican Party of Alaska.
  • Delegate, Republican National Convention: 1996.

Business and Professional Positions

  • Small Business Owner
  • Private School Teacher
  • Pastor’s Assistant
  • Concrete Cutter

Special Interests

  • Family activities
  • Carpentry
  • History


I am a third-generation Alaskan. I was born in Fairbanks and raised in Nenana. During my first semester at UAF, I received my draft notice and enlisted in the Air Force. After I served five years in the Air Force, I went back home and worked with Dad at Nenana Fuel Co. After I met my wife Luann, we married and moved to Fairbanks. Together, we built our log cabin and raised our children. We are both very active in our faith. Through our church, I have served in jail ministries, worked as a biblical family counselor, taught adult classes to strengthen families, and served as the Pastor’s Administrative Assistant. I am a Constitutionalist and a conservative republican.

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Personal Legislation

SB 105 - Quitclaim Deed for Native Allotments

Currently, when the federal government has “wrongfully or erroneously” conveyed land to the state because there was a prior, legitimate claim to the land, the director of the Division of Lands is not required to make right and quitclaim deed the land back to the federal government to right a wrong.

There are over 200 individual native allotments acquired under the Native Allotment Act of 1906 that have erroneously been titled to the State of Alaska by BLM. These allotments have been well documented and verified by BLM. My native allotment bill would require DNR to title native allotment lands to BLM when the land has been “wrongfully or erroneously” conveyed to the state, enabling BLM to grant fee simple title to the native allotments owners or their surviving relatives.   Full Bill Status >> 

SB 109: “An Act extending the termination date of the Citizens’ Advisory Commission on Federal Management Areas in Alaska.”

SB 109 extends the termination date of the Citizens’ Advisory Commission on Federal Management Areas in Alaska June 30, 2021. The Citizens’ Advisory Commission on Federal Areas (“CACFA”), does important work. It is responsible for identifying and reducing potential negative impacts on Alaskans from federal actions on any of the 239 million acres of federal land in the state. CACFA also considers, recommends, researches, and holds hearings on federal law/congressional intent on a variety of subjects, including: management, planning, operation, development, and proposed additions to federal management areas in Alaska.

As a public service, CACFA also produces the monthly Alaska Lands Update. The Alaska Lands Update alerts Alaskan citizens on a variety of federal land management topics. The publication is a useful tool that informs citizens of the opportunities to participate in public comment periods. Public comments from local citizens are often vital for federal agencies to draft adequate management plans.   Full Bill Status >>

SB 113: Stipend for Boarding Schools

Boarding schools offer students who don’t have access to grades 9 through 12 an alternative to being homeschooled and give students in smaller high schools the opportunity to attend a school that offers extracurricular activities available in larger high schools like sports, band and art.

State law provides for a per-pupil stipend which helps pay for the students’ monthly residential care, which includes meals and supervision twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. In addition a one round-trip between the student’s community of residence and the school during the school year will be reimbursed if the district expends money for the trip.

School districts with boarding schools are allowed to contract with Alaska Native organizations and non-profit corporations that can provide 24/7 supervised boarding facilities. This bill increases the current level of funding for the stipends.  Full Bill Status >>

SJR 14 – Urging Placement of F -35 Aircraft at Eielson AFB

Eielson Air Force Base (“EAFB”) would be an ideal location for the F-35 aircraft. The F-35s will complement the F-22 aircraft already stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (“JBER”).

PACAF criteria will assess installations based on mission, cost factors, capacity and environmental considerations. Bases will be analyzed against potential impacts to existing missions, housing, operational and training requirements, infrastructure and manpower. The PACAF site survey teams develop cost estimates to bed-down F-35s at each location.

Supporters of our Air Force, including residents from all around Alaska, can expect aggressive national and international competition in order to entice the F-35s. This resolution seeks to honor the historic, strong connection Alaska has with the Air Force, as well as reaffirming Alaska’s commitment to our national security.   Full Bill Status >>