Chris Birch

Anchorage Republican state Sen. Chris Birch is dead at 68.

A retired engineer, Birch served on the Anchorage Assembly for nine years, representing South Anchorage, was elected to the House in 2016, and then to the Senate in 2018. He was chairman of the Resources Committee.

“This is a devastating loss to our state,” Senate President Cathy Giessel said in a statement early today. “Chris was a good, principled man of character, one who treated everyone with dignity and respect. You could always count on him to stand up for what’s right, regardless of the political consequences. His absence in the Capitol will be keenly felt by all who had the privilege to know him.”

At this critical time, as Alaska faces myriad challenges, Birch was a conservative, reasonable, widely respected voice in the Alaska Legislature. He was a good and decent man.

Alaska will miss him. We all will. He was one of the good guys.

One Response to Chris Birch

  1. Pamela Lewis August 9, 2019 at 10:39 am

    I remember how optimistic Chris was during the really tough days when he headed up the Right of Way office in the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities in Fairbanks–a long time ago. Chris seemed so out of touch because he was so optimistic–something the rest of us just did not know how to handle!! God bless!

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