Bettye Davis, first black woman elected to Alaska House, Senate, dies at 80

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Bettye Davis, the first black woman in Alaska to be elected to the State House and Senate, has died at the age of 80. According to her family, Davis died Monday morning.

She was an avid child advocate, working in family services ranging from social worker to foster care coordinator, and later joined the Anchorage School Board after her political career.

Governor Mike Dunleavy wrote in a statement Tuesday, "Bettye Davis was an Alaskan trailblazer. She will always be remembered for her steadfast dedication and determination to help children and improve Alaska's public education system."

According to Dunleavy's office, the state flags will be flown at half-staff in honor of Davis on December 30.