NEWS: Alaska Legislature Honors the Late Rep. Al Adams by Naming the House Finance Committee Room in His Honor
House Concurrent Resolution 13 Passed the Legislature in Two Days with Unanimous Support
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2017
Juneau – The members of the Alaska House of Representatives and the Alaska State Senate have voted unanimously in favor of a resolution dedicating the House Finance Committee Room in the Alaska State Capitol to the late Representative Albert “Al” P. Sikkiagruk Adams. House Concurrent Resolution 13, sponsored by Rep. Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham), moved through both the House and Senate in just two days.
“Al Adams was a champion for the people of rural Alaska and one of the most influential lawmakers in our state’s history. He was the driving force behind creation of the Power Cost Equalization Program and always fought for balanced funding between rural and urban Alaska,” said Speaker of the House Rep. Bryce Edgmon. “Rep. Adams understood Alaska’s finances better than any lawmaker I have ever met, which makes it fitting that our future budgets will be developed in a room that bears his name.”
Rep. Adams was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1980 and served as the sole chair of the House Finance Committee in the 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th Alaska State Legislatures. Rep. Adams became Senator Adams when he was elected to the State Senate in 1988. He served on the Senate Finance Committee until his retirement in 2000.
“Rep. Adams is considered something of a legend around the Capitol Building because of his humor, dedication to punctuality, and because he was the last person to serve as the sole Chair of the House Finance Committee, which now has two Co-chairs,” said Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux (R-Anchorage). “Rep. Adams was a very benevolent man who spent his time and money helping those in need. He provided meals to the hungry and gave boxes of turkeys to Beans Café in Anchorage at Christmas time. Most of these acts of kindness were done anonymously. I think it’s only fitting that the room where major budget decisions are made will be named after Rep. Adams.”
Al Adams passed away in 2012 and he is survived by his six children and 10 grandchildren.
House Concurrent Resolution 13 passed the Alaska House of Representatives and the Alaska State Senate unanimously.
For more information, please contact Alaska House Majority Coalition Press Secretary Mike Mason at (907) 444-0889.