Husband of Alaska Rep. Mary Peltola dies after shocking plane crash
The husband of Rep. Mary Peltola, D-Alaska, died in a plane crash on Wednesday, her office has announced.
Peltola’s office did not offer any details regarding the incident, saying only that Eugene died following an “accident.”
“We are devastated to share that Mary’s husband, Eugene Peltola Jr.–‘Buzzy’ to all of us who knew and loved him–passed away earlier this morning following a plane accident in Alaska,” her office wrote in a statement.
“He was one of those people that was obnoxiously good at everything. He had a delightful sense of humor that lightened the darkest moments,” the statement continued. “He was definitely the cook in the family. And family was most important to him. He was completely devoted to his parents, kids, siblings, extended family, and friends – and he simply adored Mary. We are heartbroken for the family’s loss.”
The statement went on to say that Peltola is returning to her home in Alaska, and they asked that the public respect her and her family’s privacy.
Peltola first entered Congress by winning a special election in August 2022 to replace retiring GOP Rep. Don Young. She then won again in the general election in November 2022, defeating former Gov. Sarah Palin.
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