Ethics Committee & Staff
Ethics Committee Member Dennis (Skip) Cook
Mr. Cook has been a member of the Committee since 1998, and is registered as Non-partisan. He has been a partner in a law firm in Fairbanks since 1972. In addition to his law degree, he holds a masters degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, Politics and Engineering. Mr. Cook is very active in his community and serves on numerous boards and commissions.
Mr. Cook served as chair of the Full Committee for 2011 and serves as chair of the Senate Subcommittee for the term 2011-2012. His term expires January 2015.
Ethics Committee Member H. Conner Thomas
Mr. Thomas has served on the Committee since 1999 and is a registered Democrat. He is an attorney in private practice in Nome. He has also worked for the State of Alaska in Nome as a magistrate and public defender and with Alaska Legal Services Corporation. In addition to his law degree, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Mr. Thomas is very active in the Nome Kennel Club and has run and finished the 1,150 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race twice.
Mr. Thomas serves as vice chair of the Senate Subcommittee for the term 2011-2012. His term expires in January 2016.
Ethics Commitee Member Gary J. Turner
Mr. Turner has served on the Committee since 2006, and is a registered Republican. He is the Director of the Kenai Peninsula College, a community campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage with sites in Soldotna, Homer, Anchorage, and Seward. Mr. Turner has 31 years of experience in communication, university administration, public affairs and teaching. He is a retired U.S. Air Force officer, served as a NASA program manager and a senior vice president with the world's largest public relations company. Mr. Turner holds a masters degree in Mass Communication and pursued doctoral coursework in Speech Communication. He is very active in his community and serves on numerous boards.
Mr. Turner serves as vice-chair of the House Subcommittee for the term 2011-2012. His term expires January 2016
Ethics Committee Staff Jerry D. Anderson
Jerry D. Anderson was appointed to serve as Administrator for the Committee in October 2014. Prior to his appointment as Administrator he served as the Assistant Director of the Alaska Public Offices Commission from 2009 to 2014. He has also served as a Magistrate in Kenai and Galena with the Alaska Court System. Mr. Anderson has been an Attorney for 25 years with experience in both the public and private practice of law. He received his Juris doctorate from the University of Nebraska. He has both a Master's degree and Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.