Former Sen. Jalmar Kerttula, who was a legislator for 34 years representing Palmer, died Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Juneau. He was 92.

Kerttula, a Democrat, began his political career in the State House in 1961. While he did not serve in between 1963-64, after that he was in office until losing reelection in 1994. Up until 2019, Kerttula had the distinction of having the longest service in the Legislature. Sen. Lyman Hoffman overtook him last year.

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