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Senate Majority Sends Well Wishes to Former Senator Albert Kookesh


Former Angoon Senator Recovering After Heart Attack

JUNEAU- Today, Members of Alaska’s State Senate Majority are sending well wishes to former Senator Albert Kookesh who is currently recovering from a heart attack in Anchorage.

“Albert is a good friend of a number of people in the legislature,” said Senate President Charlie Huggins.  “We’re proud to be his colleague. He is an admirable family man and we wish him a quick recovery.” 

“Albert is a dear friend of mine,” said Senator Egan, D-Juneau. “I feel terrible. We were kids together. We grew up together right here in Juneau. I wish him the best and my heart goes out to his wife Sally and their children.”

“The news is devastating,” said Senator Olson, D-Golovin. “Albert and I are very close friends and we worked together on issues related to the Bush and the Alaska Native community. We’re all praying for a speedy recovery.”

“I wish Senator Kookesh the very best,” said Senator Stedman, R-Sitka. “I hope he has a full recovery so that he can continue his leadership role in the native community.”

“We are all very fond of Albert and he brought a vision of Alaska that no one else has,” said Senator Stevens, R-Kodiak. “His vision for Native Alaska has helped improve lives in rural Alaska for decades to come. I hope he recovers soon.”

“Albert is a great leader and elder in the Alaska Native Community,” said Senator McGuire, R-Anchorage. “I look forward to him recovering quickly, and seeing him push on with his important work to improve the conditions in rural Alaska.”

Senator Kookesh served for 16 years in the legislature. He and wife Sally have five children: Elaine, Jaeleen, Reanna, Albert, and Walter.

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