Bettye Davis, Former Alaska State Senator, Passes Away

    Former Sen. Bettye Davis.

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - She was the first black Alaskan elected to the Alaska House of Representatives, serving from 1990-1996. She was Alaska's first black state senator from 2000-2012.

    Alaska legislator Bettye Davis has passed away at the age of 80. She was the first black Alaskan elected to the Alaska House of Representatives, serving from 1990-1996. She was Alaska's first black state senator from 2000-2012.

    A member of the Anchorage School Board confirmed the news of Davis' death on Monday, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

    Davis also served multiple terms spanning three decades on the Anchorage School Board, with her last run starting in 2013. Davis resigned from her second consecutive school board term in September due to health concerns, also citing her desire to spend more time with family.

    The school board honored Davis' life of public service at an event in October.

     

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