With great sadness the Juneau Delegation of the Alaska State Legislature would like to honor the passing of former Alaska State Representative Bill Hudson.
Bill Hudson left a large legacy to both the State of Alaska and the city of Juneau. He was a public servant to his core, having first arrived in Alaska as a member of the United States Coast Guard. He took that experience to the legislature, where he served six terms representing Juneau’s Mendenhall Valley district. As a Coast Guardsman, he was passionate about saving lives and considered his boating safety bill one his most important pieces of legislation.
Bill served under Governor Jay Hammond when the Permanent Fund was first created, and later served on the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation Board of Trustees, appointed by Governor Murkowski. He was dedicated to growing the fund for the long-term benefit of Alaska.
Bill called Juneau his home and spent his life giving back to his community. He fought off many attempts to move the capital from Juneau during his time as a legislator and was a fierce advocate for the Alaska Marine Highway System. Believing in a better quality of life for all Alaskans, he helped secure the funding to establish the Glory Hall in downtown Juneau and was a lifelong supporter of the Salvation Army.
“Bill’s tremendous dedication to Alaska and the capital city were an example to us all,” said Senator Jesse Kiehl (D-Juneau). “He spent a lifetime in public service making our state a better place, and we’ll miss him very much.”
“Bill Hudson was a true statesman. He encouraged reaching across the aisle to work together and was always available for counsel,” said Representative Andi Story (D-Juneau). “I will miss him greatly. Both Juneau and Alaska are better off because of him.”
“Bill Hudson was admired and appreciated for his kindness, gentle spirit, and steadfast focus on what was best for Alaska,” added Representative Sara Hannan (D-Juneau). “Democrats and Republicans alike who worked with Bill remember him with affection and respect.”
Representative Bill Hudson will be greatly missed, and his legacy will not be forgotten. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends.