Former lawmaker John Cowdery dies at age 83

John Cowdery

ANCHORAGE — The Senate Majority Office says that former lawmaker John Cowdery has died.

KTUU reported that Cowdery died on Saturday at age 83. He was first elected to the House in 1982 and served in either the House or the Senate from the early 1980s through the early 2000s.

While serving as a state senator, Cowdery admitted in 2008 to conspiring with the one-time head of an oil pipeline services company to try to bribe another senator. In 2010, the Alaska Legislative Ethics Committee found he had violated ethics law with his conduct.

Cowdery was born in Adrian, Mo. He moved to Alaska in 1950.

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