Former Alaska Rep. Russ Meekins, Jr., passed Sunday at his home in Sandwich, Mass. He was 71.

Meekins served four terms in the Alaska House during the 1970s. including as majority leader in his final term.

Meekins was a Democrat and a key player in two major events of the historic 12th Alaska State Legislature: The overthrow of the House speaker (Democrat Jim Duncan) and the expulsion of Sen. George Hohnman following a bribery conviction.

In 1981, Hohman, a Democrat, was accused of…

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