NEWS: Representative Max Gruenberg, Elder Statesman of the Alaska Legislature, Has Passed Away

Rep. Max Gruenberg

February 14, 2016

Juneau – One of the longest serving members of the Alaska Legislature, Representative Max Gruenberg (D-Anchorage), passed away Sunday morning at his home in Juneau. 

“Max was an institution within the Alaska Legislature.  He loved the law and will be remembered as one of the great lawmakers in our state’s history,” said Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Leader Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage).  “Max cared deeply about the well-being of the people of Alaska.  That’s why he worked so hard, struggled so diligently, and often fought like the sailor he was at heart.  Max was a friend to every-single member of the Legislature and his death is a tragic loss.”

Rep. Gruenberg was born September 25, 1943 in San Francisco, California and came to Alaska in 1970.  He was a decorated Navy veteran and well-known family lawyer in Alaska.  Rep. Gruenberg was one of the longest serving members of the Alaska Legislature.  He served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1985 to 1993 and again from 2003 until now.  Rep. Gruenberg served twice as the House Majority Leader and was currently serving as the Whip for the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition.

Rep. Gruenberg is survived by his wife Kayla Epstein, his sons, daughter-in-law, and extended family.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kayla and Max’s family.  He was beloved and this is a heartbreaking loss,” said Rep. Tuck.  “I and my colleagues will remember Max as a great parliamentarian and a master wordsmith who understood that the words making up Alaska law matter.”

For more information, contact Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Press Secretary Mike Mason at (907) 444-0889.



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