Our work to date has not been the product of a single party. It has been the product of a bipartisan majority. This demonstrates again that America can close ranks in the truly great issues. This is not a Republican victory; it is not a Democratic victory; it is not simply a victory for Alaskans. It is a victory for all Americans and for the democratic process.
-Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson of Washington on the passage of the Alaska Statehood Act by the US Senate. Senator Jackson (third from the right, front row, in the picture above), was an ardent supporter of Alaska statehood.