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On behalf of the community of Juneau, I express my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Rep. Richard Foster of Nome. Richard's passing leaves a deep sadness over the Legislature. From my first day on the job, Richard made me feel welcome and was always very supportive of the issues that I worked on. At times, when there was a lot of tension in the hallways of the capitol, Richard had a special gift in making people laugh.
Last session when I was presenting a bill before the House Finance committee, Richard put a little humor into a very serious moment. He waved my daughter, Mercedes, who was in the audience up to the podium to sit with me. When the committee chair looked up and saw my daughter at the witness table, he wasn't very pleased. However, when I later told him that Richard had invited her to come forward, he laughed and everything was fine.
Richard will be greatly missed.
Rep. Cathy Muñoz