Senate passes resolution to honor late Sen. Bettye Davis

    Sen. Bettye Davis (Photo courtesy Anchorage School District)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Senate passed House Concurrent Resolution 12 on Friday, dedicating Capitol Room 106 in the Alaska State Capitol to the late Senator Bettye J. Davis.

    The resolution was sponsored by Rep. Ivy Spohnholz of Anchorage. Sen. Elvi Gray-Jackson carried the resolution in the Senate.

    The resolution passed the Senate on a 17-0 vote. Three Senators were excused from the call.

    Davis, a Democrat from Anchorage, was the first African-American to be elected as an Alaska State Senator, taking her seat in 2000. She served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1991 through 1996 and was elected to the Anchorage School Board in 2013.

    Davis' legislative accomplishments include passage of acts that addressed suicide prevention, foster care, raising the minimum wage, mental health care, improved government function, and authorizing youth courts throughout the state.

    Davis passed away in 2018.


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