For Immediate Release
February 2, 2021
PHOENIX— Representative Myron Tsosie and House Democratic Leader Reginald Bolding released the following statements regarding the passing of former Navajo Nation Tribal President – who also served in the Arizona House and Senate – Albert Hale. Hale died earlier today after contracting COVID-19 at age 71. Hale served as Navajo Nation President from 1995 to 1998, in the Arizona State Senate from 2004 to 2011 and in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2011 to 2017.
Rep. Myron Tsosie, D-Chinle:
"The State of Arizona mourns the loss of former State Senator and Representative -- and former Navajo Nation President -- Albert Hale. He was a mentor to many who looked to him for guidance, knowledge and leadership. His legacy will continue to be remembered for many years to come and his voice will continue to be heard in both chambers of the Arizona State Legislature. Albert Hale represented the Navajo Nation and the State of Arizona with respect, honesty and trust at all government levels. My prayers and condolences go to the Hale’s wife, children and grandchildren."
House Democratic Leader Reginald Bolding, D-Laveen.
"Our caucus family is devastated by the loss of Albert Hale. A highly skilled attorney and negotiator, he was a respected, compassionate and effective leader for the people of the Navajo Nation and other rural Northern Arizona communities he served. He was also a devoted friend and beloved colleague to all who knew him. Our deepest condolences to his wife Dr. Paula Hale and his loving family."