Ethics Committee

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 Ethics Act applies to:

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.

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
  • Maintaining public files of disclosure statements

The Select Committee on Legislative Ethics is composed of:

The Ethics Committee has nine members: two senators, two representatives and five public members. For the purpose of considering most complaints, the Ethics Committee is divided into a House Subcommittee and a Senate Subcommittee.

Elected officials, who serve two-year terms, are appointed by the leadership of the respective body along with the concurrence of two-thirds of the full membership of that body.

MemberTerm Expires

Sen. Gary Stevens, Kodiak

Alternate Member: Sen. David Wilson

Jan 2025

Legislator, Senate Majority

Legislator, Senate Majority

Sen. Löki Gale Tobin, Anchorage

Alternate Member: Sen. Donny Olson

Jan 2025

Legislator, Senate Majority

Legislator, Senate Majority

Rep. DeLena Johnson, Anchorage

Alternate Member: Rep. Mike Prax

Jan 2025

Legislator, House Majority

Legislator, House Majority

Rep. Sara Hannan, Juneau

Alternate Member: Rep. Andy Josephson

Jan 2025

Legislator, House Minority

Legislator, House Minority

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.


Dennis "Skip" Cook, Fairbanks

2021 - 2024

Attorney, Non-Partisan

CHAIR - Deb Fancher, Anchorage

2023 - 2026

Educator, Non-partisan

Gerald McBeath, Fairbanks

2023 - 2026

Educator, Non-Partisan

H. Conner Thomas, Nome

2022 - 2025

Attorney, Democrat

Joyce M. Anderson, Anchorage

2021 - 2024

Retired, Non-partisan

Interested in becoming a public member of the Ethics Committee?

Click here for more information about becoming a public member or alternate public member of the Ethics Committee.

How the committee operates:

The committee meets on an “as needed” basis. The committee chair is the spokesperson for the committee and can be reached through the Ethics Office by mail, email, fax, or phone. Direct inquiries to the Ethics Office; not to individual members of the committee.

Ethics Office Information:

The Ethics Committee is staffed by Administrator Tamara S. Maddox and Administrative Assistant Jacqueline Yeagle. The office, located in Anchorage, is open Monday through Friday.

Contact the Ethics Office at:

Select Committee on Legislative Ethics
PO Box 90251
Anchorage AK 99509-0251
(907) 269-0150 phone
(907) 269-0152 fax

Staff to the Select Committee on Legislative Ethics

Tamara S. Maddox, Committee Administrator

Jacqueline Yeagle, Administrative Assistant

Staff responsibilities include:

  • Providing administrative support to the nine-member committee
  • Issuing informal advice*
  • Answering questions about the Ethics Act
  • Preparing and distributing a bi-monthly newsletter
  • Receiving and reviewing all required disclosures
  • Investigating complaints
  • Providing mandatory yearly training for legislators and staff on ethics issues and compliance
  • Publishing advisory opinions and public decisions
  • Maintaining the Ethics website
  • Preparing and producing a yearly Standards of Conduct Handbook
  • Monitoring and recommending Ethics legislation
  • Working closely with the Alaska Public Offices Commission

* 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.