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NameLisa Murkowski
Address510 L. Street, Suite 550
Anchorage, Alaska 99501, United States
Website [Link]
Born May 22, 1957 (59 years)
ContributorClassical Liberal
Last ModifedIndyGeorgia
May 21, 2015 08:06pm
Tags Caucasian - Moderate-to-Conservative - Anti Environment - Anti Marijuana Legalization - Anti-Affirmative Action - Anti-Gay Marriage - Pro Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Pro Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Pro Free Trade - Pro- gun - Pro-Choice - Catholic -
InfoLisa Ann Murkowski

Lisa Murkowski is an American politician. She is currently the junior United States Senator from Alaska. She is the first U.S. Senator who was born in Alaska. She is Alaska's first female senator and the first woman ever elected to either chamber of Congress from Alaska.

Murkowski was born in Ketchikan, Alaska to Nancy R. Gore and Frank Murkowski; her paternal grandfather was of Polish descent. As a child, she and her family moved all over the state due to her father's job. Lisa earned a B.A. in economics from Georgetown University in 1980, and a J.D. from Willamette University College of Law in 1985.

She became a member of the Alaska Bar Association in 1987. She was an attorney in Anchorage, Alaska from 1985 to 1998. She also served, from 1990 to 1991, on the mayor's task force on the homeless.

In 1998, she was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives and had been elected the House Majority Leader for the 2003–2004 session. Murkowski sat on the Alaska Commission on Post Secondary Education and chaired both the Labor and Commerce and the Military and Veterans Affairs Committees. In 1999 she introduced legislation establishing a Joint Armed Services Committee. She resigned from the House in December 2002, when she was appointed by her father, Governor Frank Murkowski, to his own unexpired senate seat, which he had vacated after being elected governor.

She was elected to a full six-year term against former Governor Tony Knowles in the 2004 election, after winning a primary challenge by a large margin. Near the end of the general campaign, senior senator Ted Stevens shot campaign ads for Murkowski and warned the public that if a Democrat replaced Murkowski they were likely to receive fewer federal dollars.

Murkowski is a member of The Republican Main Street Partnership and supports stem cell research. She is also a member of The Republican Majority For Choice, Republicans For Choice and The Wish List (Women in the Senate and House) a group of Pro-Choice women Republicans.

Murkowski is the Ranking Minority Member of the Subcommittee on Water and Power and the Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs. She is a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, The Committee on Environment and Public Works, The Committee on Indian Affairs, and the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Murkowski is known to be fairly moderate, and is one of ten Republican Senators who refused to commit to Bill Frist's "nuclear option" to end judicial filibusters. Even though her voting record on abortion is mixed, Murkowski is one of a number of pro-choice Senate Republicans. She supports oil exploration in ANWR, whereas some other moderate Republicans do not. She has claimed that recent technological developments have reduced the environmental risks of drilling in ANWR.

She supports health care reforms, largely because health care costs for Alaskans are up to 70% higher than costs in the continental United States.

She supported H.R. 810, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. This bill would have permitted the Secretary of Health and Human Services to support taxpayer-funded research on stem cells. She also supports the Fetus Farming Prohibition Act of 2006, which would prohibit fetuses from being grown for research purposes.

For 2003, the nonpartisan watchdog group League of Conservation Voters rated Murkowski at 11% on environmental issues: "During her short time in the Senate," Murkowski, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power, "has thrown her support behind efforts to drill for oil in the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Murkowski is married to Verne Martell. She has two children, Nic and Matt. Her father, Frank Murkowski, was Governor of Alaska from 2002 to 2006 in addition to being her immediate predecessor in the Senate.


DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
08/27/2016-07/29/2016 Ivan Moore Research (D) 68.00% ( 0.0) 25.00% ( 0.0) 7.00% ( 0.0)
09/18/2014-09/21/2014 Public Policy Polling (D) 46.00% ( 1.0) 39.00% ( 2.0) 15.00% ( 3.0)
07/25/2013-07/28/2013 Public Policy Polling (D) 47.00% ( 1.0) 41.00% ( 0.0) 12.00% ( 1.0)
04/25/2013-04/26/2013 Public Policy Polling (D) 46.00% ( 8.0) 41.00% ( 8.0) 13.00% ( 1.0)
02/04/2013-02/05/2013 Public Policy Polling (D) 54.00% ( 4.0) 33.00% ( 10.0) 14.00% ( 7.0)
08/27/2010-08/28/2010 Public Policy Polling (D) 50.00% ( 2.0) 43.00% ( 7.0) 7.00% ( 5.0)
01/27/2010-01/28/2010 Public Policy Polling (D) 52.00% ( 0.0) 36.00% ( 0.0) 12.00% ( 0.0)
05/04/2009-05/05/2009 Hays Research Group (D) 76.00% ( 0.0) 18.00% ( 0.0) 6.00% ( 0.0)
11/09/2006-11/11/2006 Survey USA 54.00% ( 6.0) 41.00% ( 5.0) 4.00% ( 2.0)
10/13/2006-10/15/2006 Survey USA 48.00% ( 1.0) 46.00% ( 1.0) 6.00% ( 1.0)

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Jun 19, 2013 02:00pm News Alaska's Murkowski becomes third GOP senator to back same-sex marriage  Article Scott³ 
Jan 25, 2011 10:00pm News Lisa Murkowski Family Emergency Cuts Her State Of The Union Short  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Jan 21, 2011 11:00am General Critical of GOP on jobs, Murkowski a thorn in McConnell’s side   Article Brandonius Maximus 
Nov 12, 2010 11:00pm News Murkowski: DeMint will have to make first move for 'making up'  Article ArmyDem 
Sep 24, 2010 03:20pm General Murkowski Answers Questions On Whether She Would Switch Parties  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Sep 22, 2010 03:00pm General Lisa Murkowski spared, keeps committee slot  Article COSDem 

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