Bethel lawmaker gives birth to girl

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2008

State Rep. Mary Nelson, D-Bethel, gave birth to a girl Wednesday afternoon at Bartlett Regional Hospital, her legislative office announced late Wednesday.

Her daughter Nora Shine Nelson arrived at 2:40 p.m. She weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces.

Mary and husband Joe Nelson, director of admissions at University of Alaska Southeast, said they were excited about the new addition to their family.

"We're excited to have a healthy baby girl and we would like to thank everyone for their love and support," she said.

Nora is Nelson's first daughter and fourth child.

Nelson said she expects to remain in the hospital for a few days, but hopes to return to the Alaska Legislature before the end of the session on April 13.

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