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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)

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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: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.

D:854Ex-New Jerseyan ( 2644.1382 points)
Fri, November 18, 2005 01:38:36 AM UTC0:00
I don't think that's the reason. She, along with several other mostly western Republicans, have been fighting for the past couple years to reform the Patriot Act. There are still a significant number of Republicans from the West who have some libertarian leanings in them.

D:1656The Sunset Provision ( 1384.6633 points)
Sun, November 20, 2005 10:09:03 PM UTC0:00
Ive always liked Lisa...I think she'll turn out to be a fine Senator for Alaska.

R:1153J.R. ( 744.6801 points)
Mon, May 22, 2006 11:12:04 AM UTC0:00
Happy Birthday Senator.

R:373... ( 421.7247 points)
Mon, May 22, 2006 04:45:17 PM UTC0:00
Happy birthday. Here's hoping your father defies the polls just like you did!

D:1656The Sunset Provision ( 1384.6633 points)
Mon, May 22, 2006 06:42:00 PM UTC0:00
HB. Murkowski is one of my favorite six GOP Senators. Hopefully she'll never leave the Senate to run for Governor and ruin her political image and reputation like that of her father.

Veg:334Nothing wrong, just gone ( 591.1573 points)
Tue, May 23, 2006 01:32:23 AM UTC0:00
It will probably be a few years before her two children are old enough for her to do that.

D:1656The Sunset Provision ( 1384.6633 points)
Fri, May 8, 2009 03:57:45 AM UTC0:00
Murkowski's numbers are rufus.

R:1153J.R. ( 744.6801 points)
Fri, May 8, 2009 04:04:26 AM UTC0:00
By all accounts she's been a great senator.

In fact, I wonder if there's a correlation of first-appointed senators being better than first-elected ones.

D:1656The Sunset Provision ( 1384.6633 points)
Fri, May 8, 2009 04:19:02 AM UTC0:00
I think she is by far the most ideal Republican Senator the nation will get out of Alaska. She may not be moderate enough for some, but she is not as far to the left as Stevens. She won my admiration when she joined the other female Republicans in the Senate earlier this year in supporting the equal pay legislation.

D:1RP ( 3311.3784 points)
Fri, May 8, 2009 04:20:35 AM UTC0:00
The Sunset Provision likes female Republicans? Wow...

D:1656The Sunset Provision ( 1384.6633 points)
Fri, May 8, 2009 04:27:06 AM UTC0:00
Just the ones in the Senate ;)

R:7206Hikikomori Blitzkrieg! ( 290.2565 points)
Mon, August 30, 2010 08:06:30 AM UTC0:00
Every time I see a picture of her, I get a creepy feeling, like she's the product of in-breeding.

D:2109Andy ( 4160.6357 points)
Tue, August 31, 2010 08:12:10 PM UTC0:00
Eh, she's not the scariest person on Earth. She mostly just looks like someone who spends many of their days in a perpetually gray and cold (or relatively cold, if it's summer) climate.

I'd make a joke about the Palins, but I should leave poor baby Track who served our country and poor baby Trig alone.

R:250Mr. Politics ( 191.5293 points)
Wed, September 1, 2010 05:15:59 AM UTC0:00
She is getting ready to start a press conference.

D:1656The Sunset Provision ( 1384.6633 points)
Wed, December 22, 2010 06:33:45 AM UTC0:00
Im interested in seeing how long this hard lurch to the center will last for Murkowski--if it is temporary or if she is going to join the company of Snowe and Collins. Since Election Day, she has come out in support of repealing DADT, Dream Act, Start Treaty, and now tells the Anchorage Daily News she may break ranks and support the 9/11 first responders bill.

D:1656The Sunset Provision ( 1384.6633 points)
Thu, December 30, 2010 10:59:57 PM UTC0:00
"America is the loser when it denies those who are willing to make the great sacrifices demanded of our men and women in uniform the opportunity do so on grounds of sexual orientation" - Lisa Murkowski

Excellent. Now when IL Democrats make Aaron Schock a victim of redistricting he will have a career option to pursue.

D:479Brandon ( 1558.3782 points)
Sun, May 22, 2011 06:06:22 PM UTC0:00
Happy Birthday