Ethics Committee

The Alaska Legislature

Under the authority set out in Article II of the Alaska State Constitution, the legislature established the Select Committee on Legislative Ethics to administer the Legislative Ethics Act, AS 24.60.

The Select Committee on Legislative Ethics is responsible for:

· Helping people understand and comply with the Alaska Legislative Ethics Act,
· Issuing formal advisory opinions interpreting the Ethics Act,
· Considering complaints alleging violations of the Act and
· Maintaining public files of disclosure statements

The Select Committee on Legislative Ethics:

The Ethics Committee has nine members: two senators, two representatives and five public members. The committee is divided into a House Subcommittee and a Senate Subcommittee for the purpose of considering most complaints. Elected officials, who serve two-year terms, are appointed by the leadership of the appropriate body with the concurrence of two-thirds of the full membership of that house. The public members, who serve a three-year term, are selected by the Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court and ratified by two thirds of the full membership of the legislature.

MemberTerm Expires

SENATOR John Coghill, Fairbanks

       Alternate Member:  Senator Gary Stevens

2017-Jan 2019

Legislator, Senate Majority

Legislator, Senate Majority

SENATOR Dennis Egan, Juneau

        Alternate Member:  Senator Berta Gardner


2017-Jan 2019

Legislator, Senate Minority

Legislator, Senate Minority

REPRESENTATIVE Chris Tuck - Anchorage

        Alternate Member:  Rep. Justin Parish


2017-Jan 2019

Legislator, House Majority

Legislator, House Majority

REPRESENTATIVE Colleen Sullivan-Leonard, Anchorage

        Alternate Member: Rep. Lora Reinbold


2017-Jan 2019

Legislator, House Minority

Legislator, House Minority


2015 - Jan 2018


Joyce Anderson, Anchorage

2017- Jan 2020



2016 - Jan 2019


Deborah Fancher, Anchorage

2017 - Jan 2020


Lee F. Holmes

2017 - Jan 2020


Alternate Public Member

Who is covered by the Legislative Ethics Act?

The requirements and prohibitions in the Legislative Ethics Act apply to legislators, most employees of the legislative branch, and the public members of the Ethics Committee. The committee does not have jurisdiction over state employees who work in the Alaska State Government Executive Branch.

Interested in becoming a public member of the Ethics Committee?

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How the committee operates:

The Ethics Committee office is located in Anchorage. The committee meets on an “as needed” basis. Inquiries should be directed to the office and not to individual members. The committee is staffed by an administrator. The committee chair is the spokesperson for the committee and can be reached through mail, email, fax, or phone. Contact information is available on the main page of this site.

Hours of Operation:

The office is staffed Monday through Friday.  Your comments and inquiries are appreciated.  However, staff may not be able to respond to all inquiries the same day.



JERRY D. ANDERSON, Committee Administrator

Administrator responsibilities include:

  • Provide administrative support to the nine member committee
  • Issue informal advice*
  • Answer questions about the Ethics Act
  • Prepare and distribute a bi-monthly newsletter
  • Receive and review all required disclosures
  • Investigate complaints
  • Provide mandatory yearly training for legislators and staff on ethics issues and compliance
  • Publish advisory opinions and public decisions
  • Maintain the Ethics website
  • Prepare and produce a yearly Standards of Conduct Handbook
  • Monitor and recommend Ethics legislation
  • Work closely with the Alaska Public Offices Commission

Janice Stewart, Administrative Assistant

* Individuals subject to the Ethics Act and members of the public may request informal advice about the Ethics Act from the Ethics Committee staff. The request may be by phone, mail, email or fax. The response will be in writing if requested. Although staff advice is given in good faith, it does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the members of the Ethics Committee and it is not binding on the committee. Informal advice is cleansed of all identifying information and reviewed by the Ethics Committee at their next meeting. Only individuals subject to the Ethics Act may request a formal, binding advisory opinion pursuant to AS 24.60.160. See Advisory Opinions web page.