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  • Phone: 907.451.2157
  • Fax: 907.488.4271
     
  • 1292 Sadler Way, Suite 340
  • Fairbanks, AK, 99701

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Personal Profile

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Senator John Coghill

District B, Republican

Date/Place of Birth

  • August 15, 1950, Fairbanks, Alaska

Residency

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

Family

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

Education

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

Military

  • 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

Statement

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.

Personal Legislation

SB 18 ~ Health Care Sharing Ministry Not Insurance

Senate Bill 18 defines and exempts. It defines what health care sharing ministries are, and exempts them from the insurance statutes because they are charitable organizations. HCSMs are an alternative to federally-mandated insurance plans and are distinctly different from insurance.

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