Senator Mark Begich called Ted Stevens “one of its greatest statesmen and a true pioneer of our state” in a statement released Tuesday morning.
“Over his four decades of public service in the U.S. Senate, Senator Stevens was a forceful advocate for Alaska who helped transform our state in the challenging years after Statehood” Begich, a Democrat, said upon hearing of Stevens’ death.
Stevens and four others were killed in a plane crash near Dillingham on Monday night.
As many as eight others were on board the plane. Some survivors have been flown to Anchorage.
“Senator Stevens’ many contributions to Alaska are enormous and his legacy of fierce devotion to Alaska will be long-lasting.
Deborah and I join all Alaskans in praying for Senator Stevens’ wife, Catherine, and his extended family. Let us also remember the other victims of this terrible tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are also with their families.”