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Governor Orders State Flags Lowered to Honor Jim Elkins


April 04, 2007

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Governor Sarah Palin expressed sadness over the death of former Ketchikan Representative Jim Elkins and ordered the state flag to be lowered to half-staff on Thursday, April 19, 2007, to honor and remember him. Representative Elkins would have been 70 years old on that day.

"Jim served with distinction in public office," said Governor Palin. Elkins served in the Alaska State House of Representatives for one term, beginning in January of 2005. He was Co-chair of the Transportation Committee during his tenure.

Governor Palin said, "He was a passionate Alaskan who spoke with a loud voice for Southeast Alaska and what was right for Alaska. He took great pride in the fact that he put up political signs for Ted Stevens and Don Young dating back to their first elections. He was known for his active participation in politics and advocacy for the Republican Party."

"His constituents, his friends, and his community benefited from his advocacy," continued Governor Palin. "He was a champion for the Alaska Marine Highway System during his term in the Legislature."

Elkins passed away while on a cruise with his family.



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