Lisa Murkowski

Lisa Murkowski

Lisa Ann Murkowski (born May 22, 1957) is the senior United States Senator from the State of Alaska and a member of the Republican Party. She was appointed to the Senate in 2002 by her father, Governor Frank Murkowski. After losing a Republican primary in 2010, she became the second person ever to win a U.S. Senate election through write-in votes.

Born in Ketchikan, Alaska, she is the daughter of former U.S. Senator and Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski. She graduated from Georgetown University and received her law degree from Willamette University College of Law. After working as an attorney in the 1980s and 1990s, she was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1998. Shortly after being elected House Majority Leader in 2002, she was appointed to the United States Senate by her father.

Murkowski was elected to a full term in 2004. Her 2010 re-election grew turbulent when former magistrate judge Joe Miller defeated her in the Republican primary. Murkowski mounted a write-in campaign, winning the general election. The long-shot campaign made national headlines: the only other Senate candidate to win a write-in vote was Strom Thurmond in 1954. Murkowski is the only current Republican Senator from any West Coast state. Since winning re-election, her voting record has become more moderate when compared to her previous years in the Senate.

Read more about Lisa Murkowski:  Early Life, Education, and Early Career, Alaska House of Representatives, Political Positions, Controversies, Political Campaigns, Electoral History, Personal Life

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United States Senate Election In Alaska, 2010 - Post-election Day Events - Write in Results
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United States Senate Election In Alaska, 2010 - General Election - Polling
... Poll source Dates administered Joe Miller (R) Lisa Murkowski (R) * Scott McAdams (D) Public Policy Polling October 30–31, 2010 37% 30% 30% CNN/Time/Opinion Research October 15–19, 2010 37% 37% 23 ...
United States Senate Election In Alaska, 2004 - Background
... popular opinion had swung against the Murkowski family because of a tax increase passed by Governor Frank Murkowski, Lisa Murkowski's father ... of apparent nepotism in the appointment of Lisa Murkowski to the Senate ... Knowles, who as mentioned above preceded Frank Murkowski as governor, had enlisted extensive out-of-state support for his bid to take over Lisa Murkowski's Senate seat ...
Lisa Murkowski - Personal Life
... Murkowski is married to Verne Martell ... Her father, Frank Murkowski, was Governor of Alaska from 2002 to 2006 in addition to being her immediate predecessor in the Senate ...