Former lawmaker Bob Giersdorf dies

Posted: Sunday, February 09, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) -- State flags are at half staff through the weekend in memory of former state Rep. Bob Giersdorf, who died Wednesday in Seattle. He was 67.

Giersdorf represented Fairbanks as a Democrat in the First Alaska Legislature in 1959 and 1960.

He served one year in the House, moved up to the Senate for a month, then resigned because, at 24, he was too young to serve in the Senate.

The Alaska Constitution requires House members to be at least 21 and Senate members to be at least 25.

Giersdorf was two months shy of his 25th birthday when he joined the Senate on December 26, 1959.

After he resigned, Edmond Orbeck was appointed to the Senate seat by Gov. Bill Egan and Giersdorf was appointed to replace Orbeck in the House.

Joseph Robert Giersdorf was born in Montana and moved to Alaska in 1951, working in sales for Alaska Airlines and in tourism.

As a senior vice president of Alaska Airlines, he oversaw the innovation of in-flight movies using a reel-to-reel projector.

He moved to the Puget Sound area in the 1970s.

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