Former Alaska Senate President Ben Stevens dead at 63

Ben Stevens, son of former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) and former Alaska Senate President, has died at the age of 63.

Stevens passed away on Thursday during a hike near his home.

The report

“Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a hiker having a medical emergency with CPR in progress on the Lost Lake Trail in the Chugach National Forest outside of Seward. The hiker was later identified as Ben Stevens, age 63 of Anchorage,” Alaska State Troopers reported.

“Coordinates were obtained and Lifemed was requested to respond. Alaska State Troopers and U.S. Forest Service officers responded to the trailhead. Lifemed reached the scene at 6:41 pm. and lifesaving measures were unsuccessful. Stevens body was transported by Lifemed to Anchorage. Next of kin has been notified,” it added.

His background

“Stevens was a prominent Republican. His father, Ted Stevens, was a Republican who represented Alaska in the U.S. Senate from 1968 to 2009 before dying in a plane crash in 2010. Ben Stevens was appointed to the Alaska state Senate in 2001 and served as its president in 2005 and 2006,” Conservative Brief reported.

“In 2018, he took a position as chief of staff for Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy. In 2021, Stevens joined ConocoPhillips Alaska, where he served as the vice president of external affairs and transportation,” it added.

His loss is mourned by many, including Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who offered a tribute on social media.

Ben was a friend of mine, a great dad and husband, and one who made Alaska a better place for us all. His sudden passing leaves a hole in our Alaskan fabric. Ben Stevens will be genuinely missed,” she wrote.

The loss marks the loss of another key Alaskan conservative. Rep. Don Young also passed away earlier this year.