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  Murkowski, Lisa
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NameLisa Murkowski
Address510 L. Street, Suite 550
Anchorage, Alaska 99501, United States
Website [Link]
Born May 22, 1957
Died Still Living (56 years)
ContributorClassical Liberal
Last ModifiedIndyGeorgia
Dec 03, 2013 11:06am
Tags Caucasian - Moderate-to-Conservative - Anti Environment - Anti Marijuana Legalization - Anti-Affirmative Action - Pro Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Pro Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Pro Free Trade - Pro- gun - Pro-Choice - Pro-Gay Marriage - 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
01/30/2014-02/01/2014 Public Policy Polling (D) 50.00% ( 3.0) 37.00% ( 4.0) 12.00% ( 0.0)
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)
09/15/2006-09/17/2006 Survey USA 47.00% ( 2.0) 47.00% ( 2.0) 7.00% ( 1.0)

Title Purchase Contributor
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Start Date End Date Type Title Contributor

Date Category Headline Article Contributor
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 Brandon 
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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Previous Messages]
D:1109brodie ( 0.0000 points)
Thu, April 1, 2004 02:33:01 AM UTC0:00
Though Tony has no real voting record or offical position posted, he was quoted in an article back when he was gov. in 2002,
"When legislators try and practice medicine, that is flat-out dangerous," Knowles said at a late morning news conference. "In fact, doctors have already said that this bill sets out unclear and unworkable standards that would not otherwise be used. ... I am vetoing this bill today and saying to those who would intrude in the most private sphere of a woman's life, 'Keep out.' "


I:1123Chase McFadden ( 71.6261 points)
Sat, May 1, 2004 04:07:54 AM UTC0:00
I do not have the distaste for Lisa Murkowski that many other Republicans have for her. I oppose nepotism, and that is why I won't vote for Jeb Bush in 2008 in the primary, though I will support him against Hillary Clinton. Lisa Murkowski is an exception though. But may this be the last hurrah for nepotism in America.

REFS:83-- ( 1800.0782 points)
Sat, May 1, 2004 04:18:59 AM UTC0:00
The last hurrah for nepotism in America --


I:1123Chase McFadden ( 71.6261 points)
Sat, May 1, 2004 04:44:23 AM UTC0:00
This should be the last hurrah for nepotism in america. This doesn't mean that the doors should be closed for the children of politicians, but that they should be held to the same standard as everyone else.

Reg:16None Entered ( 1178.9144 points)
Wed, May 5, 2004 10:29:35 AM UTC0:00
How can anyone be anti-nepotism? Sounds like we need a new tag.

IND:1196Monsieur ( 5890.8623 points)
Sat, May 22, 2004 04:09:18 PM UTC0:00
Happy birthday, Senator!

R:250Mr. Politics ( 191.5293 points)
Sat, May 22, 2004 04:56:17 PM UTC0:00
What's Dad getting for you this year?

IND:1196Monsieur ( 5890.8623 points)
Sat, May 22, 2004 05:01:38 PM UTC0:00
"What's Dad getting for you this year?"

The position of God.

REFS:83-- ( 1800.0782 points)
Sat, May 22, 2004 05:28:28 PM UTC0:00
It'll be hard to top a Senate seat. Governor Daddy's just spoiled her rotten.

The only thing better than the gift of a Senate seat is moving her up to Senior Senator when dear-ol' dad appoints Ben Stevens to the U.S. Senate.

G:888Guy ( 260.3596 points)
Sat, May 22, 2004 06:43:36 PM UTC0:00
A very special happy birthday to you, Lisa, from the OC Secretary of Nepotism and Graft!

R:4BILLYW ( 0.9924 points)
Sat, May 22, 2004 06:47:03 PM UTC0:00
How appropiate!

Un:352Ralphie (12176.8838 points)
Sat, May 22, 2004 09:42:39 PM UTC0:00
Heh, glad to see you doing your job correctly, WeatherGuy.

G:888Guy ( 260.3596 points)
Sun, May 23, 2004 01:13:11 AM UTC0:00
Thanks. I also made a point of endorsing her in the primary. Just proudly doing the job I was elected to do! :)

D:410Joshua L. ( 2582.3230 points)
Sun, May 23, 2004 04:38:04 AM UTC0:00
Happy birthday Lisa! :)

D:383InspectorMorse ( 221.5876 points)
Sun, May 23, 2004 05:57:54 AM UTC0:00
Happy Birthday Senator!

Un:352Ralphie (12176.8838 points)
Sun, May 23, 2004 08:50:56 AM UTC0:00
Ha ha, nicely done.

D:964Sir Liberal ( 118.4414 points)
Mon, June 7, 2004 03:35:10 AM UTC0:00
Oh my god!! She looks awful!

D:1329madmex ( 0.0000 points)
Fri, June 25, 2004 01:25:42 AM UTC0:00
Ms. Murkowski states she supports the military, veterans and Native causes, but her voting record in all three are suspect.
She votes against various bills and ammendments to fully fund programs, then either sponsors or cosponsors bills that provide less money to those programs. She then touts these bills and ammendments as proof that she supports the above groups. But she won't say she voted against better legislation.
For this reason, I will not vote for her in the November election.

R:787Barack O-blame-a ( 80.6213 points)
Fri, June 25, 2004 01:48:58 AM UTC0:00
Even though Knowles may be worse?

R:250Mr. Politics ( 191.5293 points)
Fri, June 25, 2004 01:55:53 AM UTC0:00
If you are truly concerned about funding for Alaska, your best bet is to ensure Stevens remains chair of Appropriations. Having Senator Murkowski would support that cause.

It is more likely, in your role as District 13, Democratic Chair you are blogging for Knowles hoping for a career advancement.

REFS:83-- ( 1800.0782 points)
Fri, June 25, 2004 05:30:33 AM UTC0:00
Even though Knowles may be worse?

Does the 'D' make Knowles worse?

R:787Barack O-blame-a ( 80.6213 points)
Fri, June 25, 2004 06:07:38 AM UTC0:00
We don't know until he states his position.

NPA:662... ( 295.7570 points)
Fri, June 25, 2004 08:57:38 AM UTC0:00
<<Does the 'D' make Knowles worse?>>

No, but only pointing out hyprocrisy on one side of the fence is pretty bad.

D:1778Buddy ( 1504.2893 points)
Fri, November 18, 2005 12:17:43 AM UTC0:00
Lisa, along with Larry Craig, John Sununu, Ken Salazar, Russ Feingold, and Dick Durbin are all considering blocking the Patriot Act. I hadn't pegged Lisa as the type to stand up to the president in such a public way.

I:1038MD Indy ( 884.9736 points)
Fri, November 18, 2005 01:28:10 AM UTC0:00
SHe's looking at her approval ratings...and the President's.