Bettye Davis

Bettye Davis DEMDemocrat

American politician (1938-2018)

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Bettye DavisDEMDemocrat American politician (1938-2018)
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Age at Death1938-2018
19
Years of Experience
AKResidence (state)

Bettye Jean Davis (née Ivory; May 17, 1938 – December 2, 2018) was an American social worker and politician. She was the first African-American to be elected as an Alaska State Senator in 2000.Davis was a Democratic Party member of the Alaska House of Representatives, representing the fourteenth and twenty-first districts from 1991 through 1996 and the Alaska Senate, representing the K District from 2000 through 2013. During her time in the Alaska Senate she co-sponsored legislation introduced by Representative Sharon M. Cissna to address the needs of Alaska's aging adult population. Senator Davis was referred to as "the conscience of the Legislature" due to her advocacy for programs which supported vulnerable Alaskans.She was inducted into the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame in 2010. She was defeated in the 2012 general election for State Senate district M by Anna Fairclough. In April 2013 she was elected to the Anchorage School Board, a body on which she'd served non-consecutive terms in the 1980s and 1990s. Davis died at her home in Anchorage at the age of 80.In July 2020, Bettye Davis East Anchorage High School, a high school in Anchorage was renamed in her honor.

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Education4 - 4 of 2
Grambling State University
BSW
1972
Saint Anthony School of Nursing
Certificate
1961
Past Positions1 - 4 of 4
Senator
Alaska State Senate
2001 - 2013
Chair
State Board of Education
1998 - 1999
Representative
Alaska State House of Representatives
1990 - 1996
Former Social Worker
1986
Other Experience1 - 38 of 38
Member
Governor's Tolerance Task Commission
2000 - 2001
President
Alaska Federation of Business and Professional Women
1999 - 2000
Member
Governor's Commission on Youth and Justice
1995 - 1996
Former Board Member
Special Olympics
Former Member
March of Dimes
Former Advisory Board Member
Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education
Former Board of Directors
Anchorage Center for Families
Former Chair
National Black Caucus of State Legislators Energy Committee
Former Member
Anchorage Zonta Club
Former Member
Alaska Black Leadership Conference
Former Member
North to the Future Business and Professional Women's Club
Former Member
Common Ground
Former Member
Church Women United
Former Member
Athena Society
Former Member
Alaska Center for Children and Families
Former Member
League of Women Voters
Former Member
Delta Sigma Theta, Alaska Chapter
Former Member
Alaska Federation of Business and Professional Women
Former Member
National Alliance of Black School Educators
Former Member
Anchorage Young Women's Christian Association
Former Member
Alaska 2000 Education Project
Former Member
National Black Caucus of State Legislators
Former Member
Campfire
Former Member
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Former President
National Association of Black School Administrators
Former President
National Caucus of Black School Board Members
Former Chair
Children's Caucus
Former Chair
Health and Social Services Committee, Alaska State Senate
Former Chair
Alaska Black Caucus
Former Member
Subcommittee on Education and Early Development, Alaska State Senate
Former Member
Legislative Council, Alaska State Senate
Former Member
Labor and Commerce Committee, Alaska State Senate
Former Member
Alaska Womens' Political Caucus
Former Member
Subcommittee on Health and Social Services, Alaska State Senate
Former Member
Armed Services Committee, Alaska State Senate
Former Member
Anchorage Black Caucus
Former Member
Subcommittee on Labor and Workforce Development, Alaska State Senate
Former Vice Chair
Education Committee, Alaska State Senate