'Tundra Fox' dies of cancer at age 74

Posted: Friday, November 24, 2006

ANCHORAGE - The only Alaska state legislator ever convicted of bribery died Monday in Anchorage.

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George Hohman was a former teacher who represented Western Alaska in the state Legislature from 1966 to 1982.

The Anchorage Daily News reported he died at Providence Alaska Medical Center of cancer. He was 74.

Hohman emerged as one of the most powerful legislators in the state Senate. He earned the nickname Tundra Fox fighting zealously for the interests of his Bush constituents.

In 1981, state prosecutors accused Hohman of offering to share a $20,000 bribe with another legislator in return for a vote in favor of a state purchase of two Canadian firefighting planes.

A Juneau jury convicted him of two felony bribery counts. He was suspended from the Senate and sentenced to three years in prison. Hohman appealed the conviction and sentence but eventually did his time and returned to Bethel. He always maintained his innocence.



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