Senator Stevens: He loved Alaska and Alaskans

Alaska: Perched on the shoulder of a giant

By Jason Cline,


Former United States Senator Ted Stevens passed away in a plane crash just north of Dillingham. There’s not much more to say on the details. News outlets are carrying the story, and the facts have been confirmed.

The loss of Sen. Ted Stevens has cast an immeasurable sadness across Alaska. Regardless of your political stripes or views on policy, this is a saddening loss of a true statesman and immensely influential man. Alaska is the state it is today because of the hard work and passion Uncle Ted put into his work. No matter who you are – Ted Stevens will always be known as one of the greatest Alaskans we could ever ask for. People in Alaska—and across the entire nation—have been affected by policies and ideas that Senator Stevens perpetuated and pursued. Some of us have been lucky enough to have met him—and fewer of us have stories about him that will stay with us forever. Often, personal interactions can have a deeper impact on a person, and change the direction you as a person may go in.

We are all fortunate to have had Sen. Ted Stevens represent us over the years. Every decision he made, every vote he cast, there is no question he made that choice with Alaska at the front of his mind. We are also fortunate enough to live in a state with a strong sense of community, and an accessible crop of elected officials.  There is no way we could truly honor and provide testament to what he has done for Alaska over the years, but we do have an opportunity to share some great memories and stories to honor him in our own special way.We hope that you share your stories about having met Ted Stevens here on this thread. We will start off with ours. Distasteful comments are discouraged.

I remember the first time I met him, I walked up and told him how honored I was to meet him. Most that know him know what sort of response I got – one of humbled and modest appreciation. Here he was, one of the most powerful men in the United States, and to Alaskans he was our friend before anything else.

-Jason Cline, 24, Anchorage

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  1. Syrin from Wasilla
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 14:29:00

    In case you didnt hear what this nasty and dark hearted person Sarah Palin said in the midst of Ted Stevens darkest hour…..

    It was kind of a sad day for Alaska yesterday when he was found guilty of those seven felonies," she says. "But — and now he needs to do the right thing, and the right thing is, as he's proclaiming his innocence and proclaiming, too, and also that he will go through the appellate process, OK, then he needs to step aside and allow our state to elect someone who will be supportive of those ideals of America: the free enterprise, the missions that we're on, to win the war, those things that have got to take place in order to progress this country. Ted Stevens has got to play a very statesmanlike role in this now." So step aside for Alaskans


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