Alaska House renames committee room after late Gruenberg

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(File Photo: Alaska Public Media.)
(File Photo: Alaska Public Media.)

With his family watching from the gallery, the Alaska House of Representatives approved naming the Capitol’s House Judiciary Committee room after the late state Rep. Max Gruenberg.

The Anchorage Democrat died Sunday at age 72. He served on the committee throughout his longtime tenure.

Legislators paid tribute to Gruenberg on Friday after his wife, Kayla Epstein, read the morning’s invocation. They passed a resolution to rename the room the Max F. Gruenberg Jr. Committee Room.

The proceeding was delayed so legislators could correct grammatical errors in the resolution. Republican Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux cited Gruenberg’s penchant for perfection for her amendment to correct a punctuation error.

Other legislators memorialized at the state Capitol include former Speaker Ramona Barnes and former Sens. Betty Fahrenkamp, John Butrovich and William Beltz, a Senate president.