Former Sen. Johnny Ellis, a Democrat and powerful member of the Alaska Democratic Party, has passed after serious health issues he had been dealing with for a long time.
Ellis was born March 13, 1960, who served in the Alaska Senate from 1992 to 2017. He served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1986 through 1992. In his early days he was an activist in Young Democrats.
He will be remembered for championing children’s issues, and while many Republicans disagreed with him, they respected him because he treated them with respect.
According to Wikipedia, Ellis was born in Springfield, Missouri and moved to Anchorage in 1975. Ellis was an Eagle Scout. After graduating from Bartlett High School in 1978, he attended the University of Alaska Anchorage before earning a bachelor of arts degree from Claremont McKenna College in 1982.