Former state representative Pignalberi dies

Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2002

HAINES (AP) -- Former state Rep. Marco Pignalberi died Tuesday of a massive heart attack in Haines, where he worked as city manager.

Pignalberi, 58, a Republican, represented Anchorage in the Legislature in 1983 and 1984.

During his re-election campaign, his name was removed from the ballot after he failed to make a timely disclosure of $43,000 he borrowed from lobbyist Ed Dischner, who was embroiled in a federal investigation of corruption in the North Slope Borough.

Pignalberi tried to get back in politics in 2000 but lost to former Rep. Terry Martin in the Republican primary for a Senate seat later won by Democrat Bettye Davis.

Pignalberi had other government experience. He worked as chief of staff for the Rules Committee of the Alaska House of Representatives. He served as assistant commissioner for the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, and worked for former Anchorage mayors George Sullivan and Tom Fink.

Gov. Frank Murkowski ordered that flags be flown at half-staff in memory Pignalberi.

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