Lisa Murkowski (R-Senator)
Senator Lisa Murkowski, Biography from Senate.gov
Biography of Senator Lisa Murkowski
Senator Lisa Murkowski is the first Alaskan born Senator and only the sixth United States Senator to serve the state. The state’s senior senator, Lisa Murkowski is a third generation Alaskan, born in Ketchikan and raised in towns across the state: Wrangell, Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage. Since joining the Senate in 2002, Senator Murkowski has been a strong advocate for Alaska on the important issues facing the state, including energy, health care, education, military/veterans’ affairs and infrastructure development.
Only the 33rd female to serve in the United States Senate since its founding in 1789, Senator Murkowski has assumed leadership roles quickly. She is the senior Republican member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, where she is the ranking Republican of the Interior and Environment Subcommittee. Senator Murkowski is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee – the first Alaskan to serve on that panel – and also is a senior member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.
She earned a B.A. in economics from Georgetown University in 1980 and a law degree from Willamette University in 1985. Prior to her appointment to the United States Senate, Senator Murkowski practiced commercial law in Anchorage and served three terms in the Alaska State House of Representatives. She was elected to a full six-year U.S. Senate term in 2004, and was re-elected in 2010 in a historic write-in campaign, the first successful write-in effort to the Senate since 1954.
Senator Murkowski is married to Verne Martell and they have two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family in the Alaska outdoors.
- Senator Lisa Murkowski
- Born: Ketchikan, AK
- Husband: Verne Martell
- Children: Two sons, Nicolas and Matt
- High School: Monroe High School, Fairbanks, AK
- Economics Degree, Georgetown University
- Juris Doctor, Willamette College of Law
Senate Committee Assignments:
- Senior Republican Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
- Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee
- Ranking Member of Interior-Environment Subcommittee
- Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee
- Member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee
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