Flags at half staff for former legislator

Posted: Tuesday, October 02, 2001

JUNEAU -- Gov. Tony Knowles ordered state flags be flown at half staff through today for former legislator Dora Sweeney, who died Sunday at the Juneau Pioneers' Home. She was 94.

Sweeney was brought to Juneau by her parents as an infant in 1907.

She graduated from Juneau High School and attended business college in Seattle before working in a local law office, and later for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the territorial health department.

Sweeney served as secretary to the territorial Senate in 1953 and represented Juneau at the Alaska Constitutional Convention in 1955 and 1956.

She served five terms as a member of the House of Representatives in the territorial and state legislatures from 1955 to 1965.

After leaving elective office, Sweeney worked for the Legislative Council and served as sergeant-at-arms for the Alaska House. Sweeney was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Sweeney.

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