The Alaska Senate Majority joins Alaskans in mourning the passing of former State Senator Dennis Egan who passed away at the age of 75. Before serving in the Alaska Legislature, he served on the Assembly prior to being elected Mayor of Juneau. In 2009 he began his service in the Alaska Senate where he served until his retirement in 2018. Regardless of the office he held, Senator Egan was known for his honesty and wit.
Senate President Peter Micciche, (R-Soldotna), said “Today, Alaskans lost a statesman and a fierce advocate who always had our state’s best interest at heart. Senator Egan always put Alaskans first and party a distant second. He was a mentor to me early in my career and taught me two things I will never forget and that still serve me today; the correct timing and selective use of expletives and how to bring people together. No matter the obstacle or the situation, Dennis brought people together with blunt humor as he worked on solutions benefitting Alaskans. His legacy of public service will continue to inspire Alaska’s leaders for generations. The Alaska Senate Majority family expresses our heartfelt condolences to the Egan family, friends, loved ones and the Juneau Community he served so faithfully.”
“Dennis was one of the funniest people I could ever hope to have worked alongside. His sense of humor provided great levity to stressful situations in the Capitol,” said Rules Committee Chair Senator Gary Stevens, (R-Kodiak). Dennis’ love and dedication to Alaska, Juneau and her residents was always apparent as he stepped forward to serve. I am so glad he was able to participate in the recent bust unveiling of his father, former Governor Bill Egan. We’ve lost another piece of Alaska’s history, today.” For more information, contact Leona Long in the Senate Majority Press office at (907) 465-4066.