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Legislature Honors Late Alaska Governor Jay Hammond

Friday, April 12, 2013, Juneau, Alaska – Alaska’s fourth governor’s legacy was honored by the Alaska Legislature today with the Senate’s unanimous passage of House Bill 130. The bill, sponsored by Representative Paul Seaton, establishes July 21 of each year as Jay Hammond Day.

“Governor Hammond was a great Alaskan leader and believed that Alaskans should embrace the ownership of their resources,” Seaton, R-Homer, said. “His life experiences as a Bush Pilot, Fisherman, Wildlife Agent, Municipal and Legislative leader gave Jay Hammond a unique and dynamic perspective as Governor.  He was the right man for a time of significant change in Alaska and helped chart a course for Alaska that has served us well.”

Born on July 21, 1922 in Troy, New York, Hammond served with the United States Navy in World War II and became interested in Alaska during his time as a Marine fighter. After moving to Alaska in 1946, Hammond earned a degree in biological sciences at the University of Alaska. Hammond served as a state representative from 1959 to 1965 and as a state senator from 1967 to 1972. From 1972 to 1974 he served as the mayor of the Bristol Bay Borough. In 1974 he was elected as Alaska’s forth governor and went on to serve two terms.

Following Hammond’s career in public service, he continued his involvement with public issues by serving on the Alaska Humanities Forum, International North Pacific Fisheries Convention Advisory Committee, Alaska Land Use Council, Alaska Airmen’s Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the National Rifle Association.

HB 130 passed the House April 1 and now heads to the Governor for signature.

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