Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Former Juneau House Representative Bill Hudson, who served from 1987 to 2002, passed away Monday.
Hudson was born in Yuma, Arizona, and became an Alaskan resident in 1974.
Before becoming a state legislator, he attended college at Columbia University and the Julliard School of Music.
He served in the Coast Guard for 21 years and was a Commander with eight decorations.
As a state legislator, he served six terms.
Additionally, he was the Director of ASMI, the Commissioner for the Department of Administration and the Director of Alaska Marine Highways.
Juneau Representative Sara Hannan spoke on Hudson's passing during Tuesdays floor session.
"He is renowned for his kind words, gentle spirit, and always looking for bipartisan resolution and focus on the best of Alaska's future. Across the board, Democrats and Republicans who worked with Bill Hudson, speak of him with great endearment."
Governor Mike Dunleavy and the First Lady extended condolences to Hudson's family and friends.
"Whether he was commanding the Coast Guard, directing the Alaska Marine Highways, or serving as a state legislator, Bill was always passionate about improving Alaska.”
Governor Dunleavy ordered that Alaska state flags and the United States flags fly at half-staff Thursday in honor of Bill Hudson.