SENATE
JOE THOMAS
25th-27th Legislature (2007 -2012)

Senator Joe Thomas

District: D
Party: Democrat

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Date and Place of Birth:
October 17, 1948 in Fairbanks, AK

Children:
Damian, Natalie, and Ryan
Grandchild: Devin, Rykan

Education:
Lathrop High School; University of Alaska Fairbanks; West
Virginia University, B.A. Psychology.

Political and Government Positions:
Educational Boards:
University of Alaska Board of Regents, 1995-2003.
Economic Development Boards:
Fairbanks Development Authority, 1988-1992;
Fairbanks Industrial Development Authority, 1988-1990;
Main Street Fairbanks, 1985-1988;
Resource Development Council Executive Board, 1980-1986.

Business and Professional Positions:
Union Leader and Laborer, Retired
Trustee, Alaska Laborer’s Pension Health & Welfare, Training and Legal Trust Funds;
Member, Alaska Worker’s Compensation Board

Service Organizations Membership:
Trustee - Alaska Laborer’s Pension Health & Welfare,
Training and Legal Trust Funds 1979-2003;
Alaska State Workers Compensation Board; 1983-1990

Special Interests:
Youth Athletics, Golf, Boating, Fishing and Reading.

Legislative Service:

Prime Sponsorship
BillShort TitlePrime Sponsor(s)Current StatusStatus Date
SB 3 FUNDING FOR SCHOOL MEALS SENATORS WIELECHOWSKI, ELLIS, DAVIS, EGAN, FRENCH, KOOKESH, MCGUIRE, MENARD, PASKVAN, THOMAS
(H) FIN 03/07/2011
SB 31 COUNTING OF WRITE-IN VOTES SENATORS THOMAS, FRENCH, MENARD, WIELECHOWSKI
CHAPTER 10 SLA 11 05/17/2011
SB 34 SMALL BUSINESS REVOLVING FUND SENATORS WIELECHOWSKI, ELLIS, PASKVAN, MCGUIRE, MENARD, THOMAS
(S) FIN 02/09/2011
SB 35 IMMUNITY FOR PROVIDING SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SENATOR THOMAS
(S) STA 01/19/2011
SB 36 OPT-OUT CHARITABLE GIVING PROGRAM SENATOR THOMAS
(S) JUD 03/09/2011
SB 37 TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE FUND SENATOR THOMAS
(S) FIN 03/09/2011
SB 60 STAMPEDE STATE RECREATION AREA SENATOR THOMAS
(S) RES 01/21/2011
SB 75 PERS MEMBERSHIP PAYMENTS TO RETIREE ORG. SENATOR THOMAS
(S) STA 01/31/2011
SB 111 LAND TRANSFER FROM STATE AND ALASKA RR SENATOR THOMAS
(S) L&C 04/08/2011
SB 133 ENERGY PAYMENT TO DIVIDEND RECIPIENTS SENATOR THOMAS
(S) RES 04/17/2011
SB 149 TAX CREDIT FOR DONATIONS TO DOG MUSHING SENATOR THOMAS
(S) FIN 02/17/2012
SB 153 NATURAL GAS STORAGE TAX CREDIT/REGULATION SENATOR THOMAS
(S) FIN 03/14/2012
SB 154 NATURAL GAS CONVERSION PROGRAM/FUND SENATOR THOMAS
(S) FIN 02/01/2012
SB 170 VOCATIONAL ED. COUNSELING IN SCHOOLS SENATOR THOMAS
(H) FIN 04/02/2012
SB 197 GRANT PROGRAM FOR SCHOOLS SENATOR THOMAS
(S) FIN 03/14/2012
SB 203 ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM & VOUCHERS SENATOR THOMAS
(H) L&C 04/10/2012
SB 215 GASLINE DEV. CORP: IN-STATE GAS PIPELINE SENATOR THOMAS
(S) FIN 04/04/2012



Cosponsored Bills
BillShort TitlePrime Sponsor(s)Current StatusStatus Date
HB 16 EXTEND SENIOR BENEFITS/INCOME ALLOWANCES REPRESENTATIVE HAWKER
CHAPTER 6 SLA 11 05/02/2011
HB 28 OCC. LICENSES: TEMPORARY/FEES/PAWNBROKERS REPRESENTATIVES THOMAS, HERRON, FEIGE
CHAPTER 25 SLA 11 06/27/2011
HB 65 SENIOR CITIZEN HOUSING DEV. FUND GRANTS REPRESENTATIVES EDGMON, HERRON, FOSTER, JOULE
CHAPTER 8 SLA 12 04/24/2012
HB 78 MEDICAL PROVIDER INCENTIVES/LOAN REPAYM'T REPRESENTATIVE HERRON
CHAPTER 25 SLA 12 05/22/2012
HB 80 SELF DEFENSE REPRESENTATIVES NEUMAN, FEIGE, LYNN, COSTELLO
(S) FIN 03/23/2012
HB 115 NAMING WALTER J. HICKEL EXPRESSWAY REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON
(S) RLS 04/13/2012
HB 129 DECEASED VETERAN DEATH CERTIFICATE REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG
CHAPTER 69 SLA 12 06/18/2012
HB 131 COMMUNITY & PUB.TRANSPORTATION ADV. BOARD REPRESENTATIVE MUNOZ
CHAPTER 36 SLA 12 05/24/2012
HB 146 LAND TRANSFER FROM STATE AND ALASKA RR REPRESENTATIVE T.WILSON
CHAPTER 21 SLA 12 05/16/2012
HB 180 VETERAN DESIGNATION ON DRIVER'S LICENSE REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER
(S) FIN 04/06/2012
HB 190 PFD ALLOWABLE ABSENCE REPRESENTATIVE FEIGE
(S) SUP CAL 4/15 04/15/2012
HB 196 BULK FUEL LOANS/POWER PROJECT FUND REPRESENTATIVE EDGMON
CHAPTER 46 SLA 12 05/28/2012
HB 224 SALES OF NICOTINE PRODUCTS TO MINOR REPRESENTATIVE SEATON
CHAPTER 43 SLA 12 05/24/2012
HB 246 NAMING CERTAIN BRIDGES/AIRPORTS/ROAD REPRESENTATIVE THOMAS
CHAPTER 11 SLA 12 05/01/2012
HB 247 ALASKA NATIONAL GUARD DAY REPRESENTATIVES LYNN, THOMPSON, SADDLER
CHAPTER 10 SLA 12 04/30/2012
HB 250 RENEWABLE ENERGY GRANT FUND REPRESENTATIVES THOMAS, P.WILSON, MILLETT
CHAPTER 12 SLA 12 05/02/2012
HB 276 OIL/GAS PROD. TAX CREDITS/RATES/VALUE REPRESENTATIVES THOMPSON, DICK, MILLETT, TUCK, MILLER
WITHDRAWN BY SPONSR 04/15/2012
HB 282 MILITARY TRAINING CREDIT/TEMP. LICENSE REPRESENTATIVE THOMAS
(S) SUP CAL 4/15 04/15/2012
HB 289 LIQ. NAT. GAS STORAGE: TAX CREDIT/LEASE REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON
(S) FIN 04/04/2012
HB 290 ESTABLISH ENDOW ALASKA GRANT PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVE AUSTERMAN
(S) FIN 04/10/2012
HB 298 EXEMPTIONS FROM MINING TAX REPRESENTATIVE SEATON
CHAPTER 28 SLA 12 05/22/2012
HB 302 CONTRIBUTIONS FROM PFD: UNIV/AUDITS REPRESENTATIVE SEATON
(S) RLS 04/13/2012
HB 310 STATE IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVE HERRON
CHAPTER 24 SLA 12 05/22/2012
HB 316 MILITARY FACILITY ZONES REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON
CHAPTER 20 SLA 12 05/16/2012
HB 345 WAIVE CDL SKILL TEST FOR CERTAIN VETERANS REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER
(S) SUP CAL 4/15 04/15/2012
HCR 5 VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTS REPRESENTATIVE SEATON
LEGIS RESOLVE 16 07/19/2011
HCR 6 SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH REPRESENTATIVE COSTELLO
LEGIS RESOLVE 7 07/19/2011
HCR 7 DECORATION OF HONOR REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER
LEGIS RESOLVE 22 07/19/2011
HCR 24 STATE FOOD RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT GROUP REPRESENTATIVE STOLTZE
(S) SUP CAL 4/15 04/15/2012
HJR 9 ENDORSING ANWR LEASING REPRESENTATIVE PRUITT
LEGIS RESOLVE 25 07/19/2011
HJR 11 OPPOSING ANWR WILDERNESS DESIGNATION REPRESENTATIVE MILLETT
LEGIS RESOLVE 5 07/19/2011
HJR 15 SUPPORT ARCTIC CAUCUS REPRESENTATIVE HERRON
LEGIS RESOLVE 10 07/19/2011
HJR 27 RELOCATE COASTAL VILLAGES REGION FUND REPRESENTATIVE SEATON
LEGIS RESOLVE 15 07/19/2011
HJR 29 BLM LEGACY OIL WELL CLEAN UP/AWARENESS REPRESENTATIVE MILLETT
LEGIS RESOLVE 30 09/12/2012
HJR 32 REMOVE WOOD BISON FROM ENDANGERED LIST REPRESENTATIVE DICK
(S) SUP CAL 4/15 04/15/2012
HJR 34 COAST GUARD ICEBREAKERS & ARCTIC BASE REPRESENTATIVE HERRON
LEGIS RESOLVE 32 08/08/2012
SB 5 MEDICAL ASSISTANCE ELIGIBILITY SENATORS DAVIS, EGAN, ELLIS, FRENCH, WIELECHOWSKI
(S) RLS 03/23/2012
SB 13 LOWER PARK FEE FOR DISABLED VETERANS SENATOR FRENCH
(H) FIN 04/12/2012
SB 15 SEX OFFENDER/UNDERAGE ALCOHOL OFFENSE SENATOR MEYER
CHAPTER 21 SLA 11 06/23/2011
SB 25 AIDEA: SUSTAINABLE ENERGY/ INTEREST RATE SENATOR MCGUIRE
CHAPTER 60 SLA 12 06/12/2012
SB 30 RETURN OF SEIZED PROPERTY SENATOR DYSON
CHAPTER 3 SLA 12 03/21/2012
SB 33 DISPOSITION OF SERVICE MEMBERS' REMAINS SENATORS WIELECHOWSKI, PASKVAN, COGHILL
CHAPTER 1 SLA 11 03/11/2011
SB 74 AUTISM: INS. COVERAGE, TASK FORCE SENATOR ELLIS
CHAPTER 63 SLA 12 06/27/2012
SB 87 GRANTS FOR SENIORS' MEDICAL CARE SENATOR FRENCH
(H) L&C 04/08/2011
SB 98 BIOMETRIC INFORMATION FOR ID SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(H) JUD 04/12/2012
SB 100 PERS TERMINATION COSTS SENATOR PASKVAN
(H) L&C 04/11/2012
SB 101 ENTITY TRANSACTIONS ACT SENATOR PASKVAN
(H) L&C 04/11/2011
SB 104 MANUFACT'D HOMES AS REAL PROP.;MUNI TAXES SENATOR FRENCH
CHAPTER 64 SLA 12 06/12/2012
SB 108 SPC. STEPHEN "MAX" CAVANAUGH OVERPASS SENATOR MCGUIRE
CHAPTER 19 SLA 11 06/08/2011
SB 120 EARLY CHILDHOOD ED: PARENTS AS TEACHERS SENATOR FRENCH
(S) FIN 03/02/2012
SB 121 TEACHERS & PUB EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT PLANS SENATOR EGAN
(H) L&C 04/15/2012
SB 123 ALASKA MINING DAY SENATOR GIESSEL
(S) RLS 03/16/2012
SB 127 FETAL ALCOHOL DISORDERS AWARENESS DAY SENATOR MEYER
CHAPTER 7 SLA 12 04/24/2012
SB 130 ALASKA NATIVE LANGUAGE COUNCIL SENATOR OLSON
CHAPTER 48 SLA 12 05/28/2012
SB 135 CRIME VICTIMS/ADVOCATE/DA/PD/CONTINUANCES SENATOR FRENCH
CHAPTER 72 SLA 12 06/19/2012
SB 136 VETERANS DRIVERS LICENSE, TAX CREDIT SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
CHAPTER 68 SLA 12 06/18/2012
SB 138 THIRD-PARTY CHARGES ON TELEPHONE BILLS SENATORS WIELECHOWSKI, DAVIS, EGAN
(S) RLS 04/02/2012
SB 144 STATE IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM SENATORS GIESSEL, OLSON
(S) RLS 02/29/2012
SB 145 OIL/GAS PRODUCTION TAX CREDITS: NENANA SENATORS WAGONER, COGHILL
(S) FIN 04/04/2012
SB 150 MILITARY TRAINING CREDIT SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(H) MLV 02/06/2012
SB 159 SUSITNA STATE FOREST/TONGASS FOREST SENATOR MENARD
(H) RES 04/12/2012
SB 164 OIL & GAS TAX CREDITS: KOTZEBUE/SELAWIK SENATOR OLSON
(S) RES 01/17/2012
SB 175 PRACTICE OF NATUROPATHY SENATOR MCGUIRE
(H) L&C 04/13/2012
SB 176 EXEMPTIONS FROM MINING TAX SENATOR WAGONER
(S) FIN 02/22/2012
SB 179 MISSING VULNERABLE ADULT RESPONSE PLAN SENATOR DAVIS
(H) RLS 04/14/2012
SB 206 INTERSTATE MINING COMPACT & COMMISSION SENATOR GIESSEL
(S) FIN 04/10/2012
SB 210 CRIMES/SENTENCING/PAROLE/VICTIMS SENATOR MCGUIRE
CHAPTER 70 SLA 12 06/19/2012
SCR 7 FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDERS DAY SENATOR MEYER
LEGIS RESOLVE 11 07/19/2011
SCR 11 WALTER HICKEL DAY OF THE ARCTIC SENATOR FRENCH
LEGIS RESOLVE 42 08/08/2012
SCR 17 GIRL SCOUTS 100TH ANNIVERSARY SENATOR DAVIS
LEGIS RESOLVE 37 08/08/2012
SCR 18 RAOUL WALLENBERG REMEMBRANCE DAY SENATOR DYSON
LEGIS RESOLVE 33 08/08/2012
SCR 20 DECORATION OF HONOR SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
LEGIS RESOLVE 35 08/08/2012
SJR 2 LIMIT FEDERAL INTERVENTION IN STATE SENATOR DYSON
LEGIS RESOLVE 13 07/19/2011
SJR 14 MILITARY PERSONNEL CUTS & BASE CLOSURES SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(H) RLS 03/28/2012
SJR 15 COAST GUARD ICEBREAKERS & ARCTIC BASE SENATOR OLSON
(S) RLS 02/29/2012
SJR 16 MILITARY PENSIONS SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(H) RLS 04/06/2012
SJR 17 ARCTIC COUNCIL TASK FORCE SENATOR MCGUIRE
LEGIS RESOLVE 29 03/19/2012
SR 2 URGING FUNDING FOR ESSENTIAL AIR SERVICE SENATOR KOOKESH
SENATE RESOLVE 2 02/23/2011

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