Ogan in critical condition after heart attack

Posted: Monday, March 18, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Scott Ogan remained in critical condition Monday morning after suffering a serious heart attack over the weekend at his Palmer home.

Ogan, 49, began feeling ill about 10:30 a.m. Saturday, said Linda Hay, an aide to the Palmer Republican. Ogan thought the pains were indigestion at first, but then asked his family to call an ambulance. Before the ambulance arrived, Ogan suffered a major heart attack, Hay said.

The ambulance took Ogan to Valley Hospital. He was then transferred by helicopter to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Last spring, Ogan was hospitalized with a blood clot in his leg. Hay said the doctor she spoke with had not made a connection between the blood clot and the heart attack.

Ogan's wife, Janet, and daughter Laura, 16, have been at Providence much of the time since the heart attack, Hay said. Ogan's son Ryan, 18, flew in from work on the North Slope to be with his father.

Besides the blood clot, Ogan's health had appeared good, Hay said.

''He's playing more racquetball than I've ever seen,'' she said.

Ogan is head of the House Oil and Gas Committee, vice chairman of the Judiciary Committee, a member of the Legislative Council, a member of the House Transportation Committee and a member of a Joint Committee on Natural Gas Pipelines.

Rep. Hugh Fate, R-Fairbanks, will take over the Oil and Gas Committee, Hay said.

Ogan left Juneau on Friday evening to receive an award as Legislator of the Year from the Alaska Outdoor Council on Saturday night. The group fights for the interest of sport hunters and fishermen as well as the rights of gun owners. The council has been a high-profile opponent of giving rural residents priority in the use of fish and game.

Ogan, a cabinetmaker who has represented Palmer since 1994, is a staunch conservative who has pushed for huge budgets cuts to help cover Alaska's fiscal gap. He opposes giving rural residents a subsistence hunting and fishing priority.

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