Ron Miller, head of the state redistricting board, dies suddenly at age 65

ANCHORAGE — The director of the state board responsible for redrawing legislative districts, Ron Miller, died Sunday from an apparent heart attack at age 65, the Anchorage Daily News reported Monday.

He was executive director of the Alaska Redistricting Board, which must redraw the House’s 40 districts and the Senate’s 20 districts. The districts are being redrawn to conform with population shifts reflected in the 2010 U.S. Census. The board faces a mid-June deadline to come up with the final reapportionment plan.

Miller was decent, smart and thoughtful, said Michael White, the board attorney.

“He took very much to heart some of the criticism the board was getting,” White said. “Ron’s goal was to get a plan that could hold up in court, and that was the goal he worked for the entire time.”

Miller was pronounced dead early Sunday at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, said another longtime friend, John Tichotsky. He had no history of heart trouble, Tichotsky said.

The redistricting board now must figure out how to do its work without him.

White said he planned to meet Monday with board chairman John Torgerson to discuss how to continue doing the board’s work without Miller.


Fri, 03/24/2017 - 06:26

Anchorage police arrest suspect in train monument vandalism

ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police acting on a tip have arrested a teenager suspected of painting graffiti on a train locomotive that stands as a monument... Read more

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 06:25

Renovations planned for UAS Ketchikan maritime facilities

KETCHIKAN — Construction is expected to start later this year on a nearly $6 million overhaul of University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan’s Regional Maritime and... Read more

Walker: Up to 45,000 Alaskans could lose coverage with GOP bill

JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker says as many as 45,000 Alaskans could lose health care coverage under a Republican bill proposed in the U.S. House.... Read more

Around the Web



  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback