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Former House speaker dies at 65

Ramona Barnes - a tough-talking, gritty Republican from Anchorage who rose to be the first woman speaker of the House, died Wednesday. She was 65. Barnes served 20 years in the Legislature, first elected in 1978, and gained a reputation...

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Images from another time: Smoking in the Capitol, 1983

...Associated Press obituary. Barnes was elected in 1978 and served 20 years in the in the Legislature. She became the first woman speaker of the House in the state. Barnes died in Anchorage on Nov. 26, 2003, at the age of 65.

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/031308/loc_257547268.shtml
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