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Enrolled SR 7: Dedicating the fourth floor Senate conference room of the Alaska State Capitol to the late Senate President Jan Faiks.

00 Enrolled SR 7                                                                                                           
01 Dedicating the fourth floor Senate conference room of the Alaska State Capitol to the late                              
02 Senate President Jan Faiks.                                                                                             
03                                          _______________                                                                
04 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE:                                                                                         
05      WHEREAS the Alaska State Senate joins family, friends, and fellow Alaskans in                                      
06 celebrating the life and legacy of Senator Jan Faiks; and                                                               
07      WHEREAS Senator Faiks was the first woman in the history of the United States to                                   
08 be elected presiding officer of a state legislative body, serving as Senate President in 1987 and                       
09 1988; and                                                                                                               
10      WHEREAS, looking far ahead into the state's future, Senator Faiks worked among a                                   
11 key group of legislators to help create the constitutional budget reserve fund; and                                     
12      WHEREAS, among her many accomplishments, Senator Faiks is credited with                                            
13 bringing polish to the legislature by instituting a dress code and promoting other rules of                             
14 decorum; and                                                                                                            
15      WHEREAS Jan Faiks, who was born on Long Island, New York, on November 17,                                          
16 1945, moved to Alaska and earned her master's degree in counseling psychology from the                                  
17 University of Alaska Anchorage, before using those acquired skills as both a counselor and a                            
01 teacher in the Anchorage School District from 1968 to 1978; and                                                         
02      WHEREAS, before running for elective office, Jan helped to organize the Anchorage                                  
03 Women's Club Free Committee, a grassroots political advocacy effort that sought to improve                              
04 the state legislative process, uniform rules, and conference committee protocols;                                       
05 recommendations made by the group were later adopted by the Alaska State Legislature; and                               
06      WHEREAS Senator Faiks was first elected to the Alaska State Senate in 1982 and                                     
07 served two terms representing the Anchorage Hillside; and                                                               
08      WHEREAS, in 2016, Jan Faiks was diagnosed with brain cancer, and, upon her                                         
09 passing at her home on Amelia Island, Florida, on April 10, 2017, the state lost a hard-                                
10 working and dedicated Alaskan; and                                                                                      
11      WHEREAS Senator Faiks was a pioneer for women in politics who made her mark                                        
12 on the state's history; and                                                                                             
13      WHEREAS we mourn her passing;                                                                                      
14      BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Senate of the Thirtieth Alaska State                                          
15 Legislature that the fourth floor Senate conference room, currently room 431 of the Alaska                              
16 State Capitol, be dedicated to Senator Jan Faiks, the first woman in the history of the United                          
17 States to be elected presiding officer of a state legislative body; and be it                                           
18      FURTHER RESOLVED that a bronze plaque shall be placed on or near the door of                                       
19 the room, bearing the following inscription celebrating Senator Faiks' legislative                                      
20 achievements, dedication, and service:                                                                                  
21                                   THE JAN FAIKS CONFERENCE ROOM                                                         
22           The Jan Faiks Conference Room memorializes the dedication and                                                 
23      service of Jan Faiks, who served as a member of the Alaska State Senate                                            
24      during the Thirteenth through Sixteenth Alaska State Legislatures. The first                                       
25      woman in the history of the United States to be elected presiding officer of a                                     
26      state legislative body, Senator Faiks served as Senate President in 1987 and                                       
27      1988. She was committed to the people of Alaska and looked far ahead into the                                      
28      state's future, working among a key group of legislators to help create the                                        
29      constitutional budget reserve fund. She is also credited with bringing polish to                                   
30      the legislature by instituting a dress code and promoting other rules of                                           
31      decorum. Senator Faiks was a pioneer for women in politics who made her                                            
01      mark on Alaska's history.                                                                                          
02      A COPY of this resolution shall be presented to the family of the late Senator Jan                                 
03 Faiks.