Senator John Coghill
District B, 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
- 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
- Vice-Chair Senate Rules 2013 to present.
- Senate Judiciary committee member: 2010 to 2012, Chair 2013 to 2015
- 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
- Family activities
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.
A military facility zone is a vehicle to obtain and administer funds for business development related to military activities. The zone is established by the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs (DMVA) in areas that are in close proximity to a military facility. Examples of qualifying facilities include Clear Air Force Station, Eielson Air Force Base, or Fort Wainwright.
Senate Bill 48 provides for medical insurance coverage for eligible surviving dependents of a police officer or firefighter killed in the line of duty.
The bill establishes a fund to be administered by the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. The fund consists of a municipal employee account and a state employee account. Municipalities may elect to participate in the fund and bear the cost of the benefit.
Currently, surviving dependents may lose health insurance coverage following a line of duty death. This legislation is necessary to ensure that eligible surviving dependents continue to receive medical insurance coverage at the same level that existed at the time of death.
SB 54 ~ Omnibus Crime/Corrections
Senate Bill 54 makes substantive revisions to the criminal justice reform package passed by the legislature in 2016, pursuant to recommendations made by the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission. The three major areas to be addressed: C-felony penalties, misdemeanor penalties, and violations of conditions of release.
SB 106 ~ Municipal Tax Exemptions
As the current budget deficit limits the State’s ability to invest in economic development initiatives, municipalities will need to rely more on their own means to facilitate those projects. This legislation would authorize a municipality the discretion to establish a full or partial property tax exemption or deferral over a designated period of time on a case-by-case basis.