Beloved Alaska state senator, Arliss Sturgulewski, dies at 94

Alaska hasn’t had a great start to 2022 as far as losing a number of beloved politicians, with longtime Alaska politician Arliss Sturgulewski, a former state senator, being the latest to pass away.

According to Alaska’s News Source, Sturgulewski, who passed away this week at the age of 94, was a history-maker in The Last Frontier, having been the first woman ever in Alaska to head a major party ticket in a gubernatorial campaign. She ultimately lost that 1986 race, but the experience cemented her position in Alaska politics for decades to come. 

“From serving on the Anchorage Assembly and the Anchorage Charter Commission, Sturgulewski went on to represent Anchorage in the Alaska Senate from 1979-1993,” the outlet added.

The late state senator’s unfortunate passing was announced by both Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson on Thursday, in prepared statements.

“Arliss lived a long life and served this state and its largest city at important historical junctures,” Dunleavy said in a statement. “Her commitment to building a civic-minded Alaska will be remembered.”

Sturgulewski had friends in high places, too, as Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released a statement on Twitter regarding the state senator’s death.

It’s clear that Sturgulewski was loved and revered in the state of Alaska, and will undoubtedly be missed by many.