FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2022
Anchorage, Alaska – It is with heavy hearts that Alaskans learned today of the passing of a great Alaskan and true-blue Democrat, Sen. Dennis Egan. He began his life in politics growing up in the governor’s mansion in Juneau while his father Bill Egan served as the state’s first governor.
After a distinguished career in broadcasting and in local government as Assemblyman and Mayor of Juneau, he served out the remainder of his political life in the Capitol Building as the Senator from Juneau, just down the road from the governor’s mansion where it all began. He held that position with distinction for a decade, from 2009 until his retirement in 2019.
Known for an easy smile and a wicked wit, he was affable, charming, and a true statesman when statesmen were hard to find. Egan devoted his heart and soul to his home city and the Alaska he loved.
“Dennis Egan was an icon in the Alaska Democratic Party,” said Alaska DNC Committeewoman Brenda Knapp. “As the son of Governor Bill Egan, Alaska’s first governor, Dennis spent part of his growing up years in the Governor’s house in Juneau. He remained in Juneau and was very active in our community, in both local government and legislative positions. Before retiring, he served as Juneau’s Senator and always attended Democratic functions brightening the events with his stories and great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed and my sincere condolences go to his wife Linda and their family.”
“He never passed up an opportunity to help the party, even after retirement,” said Lindsay Kavanaugh, Executive Director. “His heart remained steadfast and committed to our highest ideals. He will be sorely missed by all the many people he touched from all walks of life across the state. He was truly a piece of Alaska history.”