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  Murkowski, Frank
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AffiliationRepublican  
 
NameFrank Murkowski
Address
Anchorage, Alaska , United States
EmailNone
Website [Link]
Born March 28, 1933
Died Still Living (81 years)
ContributorWishful Thinking
Last ModifiedBarack O-blame-a
Nov 22, 2012 08:45pm
Tags Conservative -
InfoFrancis Hughes "Frank" Murkowski

Frank Murkowski is a Polish-American politician who is the current Governor of Alaska and a member of the Republican Party. Previously, he was a U.S. Senator from Alaska from 1981 until 2002.

Raised in Ketchikan, Alaska, Frank Murkowski initially attended Santa Clara University but graduated from Seattle University, both Catholic Jesuit universities. Prior to his election to the Senate in 1980, he worked in the banking industry in both Anchorage, Alaska and Wrangell, Alaska.

During his time in the Senate, he was most notable as Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee from 1995 until 2001. As chair, he argued and attempted unsuccessfully to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

He was elected governor on November 5, 2002, defeating his Democratic opponent, Fran Ulmer 56%-41%. He succeeded retiring Democrat Tony Knowles and took office on December 2, 2002.

Upon being inaugurated as Governor, he resigned his Senate seat and appointed his daughter, Lisa Murkowski, the Majority Leader-designate of the Alaska House of Representatives, in his place. This led his opponents to accuse him of nepotism.

He has six children with this wife, Nancy. He currently resides in the state's capital, Juneau.

As of November, 2005, according to a poll, Murkowski has the second lowest approval rating out of the 50 governors. His approval rating is only 26%, while his disapproval rating is 68%. Much of the disapproval is over a recently purchased jet using state funds. Murkowski's use of the jet over cheaper commercial air travel has caused controversy among citizens as well as legislators. Senator Kim Elton publishes a newsletter detailing each time the jet is used, the cost, and the price of a first class commercial ticket the same day to the same destination.

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JOB APPROVAL POLLS
DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
09/14/2006-09/18/2006 Survey USA 14.00% ( 5.0) 82.00% ( 6.0) 4.00% ( 1.0)
08/11/2006-08/13/2006 Survey USA 19.00% ( 2.0) 76.00% ( 0.0) 5.00% ( 3.0)
07/14/2006-07/16/2006 Survey USA 21.00% ( 1.0) 76.00% ( 2.0) 2.00% ( 1.0)
06/09/2006-06/11/2006 Survey USA 20.00% ( 3.0) 78.00% ( 5.0) 3.00% ( 1.0)
05/12/2006-05/14/2006 Survey USA 23.00% ( 3.0) 73.00% ( 4.0) 4.00% ( 1.0)
02/10/2006-02/12/2006 Survey USA 26.00% ( 2.0) 69.00% ( 1.0) 5.00% ( 1.0)
01/13/2006-01/15/2006 Survey USA 28.00% ( 1.0) 68.00% ( 1.0) 4.00% ( 1.0)
12/09/2005-12/11/2005 Survey USA 27.00% ( 1.0) 69.00% ( 1.0) 5.00% ( 0.0)
11/11/2005-11/13/2005 Survey USA 26.00% ( 8.0) 68.00% ( 8.0) 5.00% ( 1.0)
10/15/2005-10/16/2005 Survey USA 34.00% ( 4.0) 60.00% ( 5.0) 6.00% ( 0.0)

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NEWS
Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Oct 20, 2006 09:00am News Alaska governor criticizes Venezuelan oil aid, says Chavez should help his own poor  Article None Entered 
Jan 14, 2006 11:00am News [Gov.] Murkowski adopts catch phrase from cult movie  Article -- 
Jan 11, 2006 01:00pm News Alaska governor wants campaign against 'ridicule'  Article -- 
Nov 11, 2005 06:00pm News Alaska governor gets jet over public objections  Article -- 
Jul 16, 2004 12:00am News Polls show Murkowski less popular as governor  Article ArmyDem 
Oct 13, 2003 12:00am Statement Governor Murkowski Receives The Order of the Propitious Clouds with Grand Cordon  Article -- 

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FAMILY
Daughter Lisa Murkowski 1957-
Daughter Eileen M. Van Wyhe 1960-

INFORMATION LINKS
RACES
  08/22/2006 AK Governor - R Primary Lost 19.09% (-31.50%)
  11/05/2002 AK - Governor Won 55.85% (+15.15%)
  08/27/2002 AK Governor - R Primary Won 70.37% (+44.27%)
  11/03/1998 AK US Senate Won 74.49% (+54.77%)
  08/25/1998 AK US Senate- All Party Primary Won 71.76% (+61.73%)
  11/03/1992 AK US Senate Won 53.05% (+14.64%)
  09/08/1992 AK US Senate - R Primary Won 80.53% (+61.05%)
  01/03/1989 US Senate Republican Conference Chair Lost 37.78% (-24.44%)
  11/04/1986 AK US Senate Won 54.02% (+9.93%)
  08/26/1986 AK US Senate - Open Primary Won 63.11% (+0.00%)
  11/04/1980 AK US Senate Won 53.69% (+7.75%)
  08/26/1980 AK US Senate - Open Primary Won 16.29% (-15.21%)
  11/03/1970 AK At-Large Lost 44.89% (-10.23%)
  08/25/1970 AK At-Large - Open Primary Won 31.75% (+0.00%)
ENDORSEMENTS
Measure 2 - Marriage Amendment - Nov 03, 1998 YES Yes
Second Circuit Court Judge - Oct 02, 1998 I Sonia Sotomayor
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Jul 29, 1994 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Aug 03, 1993 D Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Oct 15, 1991 R Clarence Thomas
LA US Senate - Oct 06, 1990 D J. Bennett Johnston
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Oct 02, 1990 R David H. Souter
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Feb 03, 1988 R Anthony M. Kennedy
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Oct 23, 1987 R Robert H. Bork
Supreme Court - Chief Justice - Sep 17, 1986 R William H. Rehnquist
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Sep 17, 1986 R Antonin Scalia
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Sep 21, 1981 R Sandra Day O'Connor