Some people are just born into fame and popularity, riding on the benevolence of her politician father who created space for her in the US Senate, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski is just your perfect political Amazon. The woman certainly has politics running through her veins and being born into a known political family, she is more than capable of riding the turbulent turf of politics and becoming a winner on the other side.
Lisa entered the United States Senate by chance, when her father Frank Murkowski, then a sitting senator, was elected governor, he quickly got his daughter into the Senate by nominating her to conclude her unfinished term as a United States senator. Despite the resulting controversy and protest sparked by his emergence, the tenacious political Amazon held on to his senatorial seat and was able to run and win in the next election which was held in 2004. The political records of Lisa spanned from 1998 when she was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives. During her years as a member of the House of Representatives, she participated in two successful re-elections before heading to the Senate. since then, she has held many important political positions and is admirably well drawn. The 5ft 9in tall political icon is a born fighter. As women in the US Senate, Lisa Murkowski is only second in seniority to Susan Collins of Maine.
Who is Lisa Murkowski?
The Republican was born on May 22, 1956 in Ketchikan, Alaska. Her father, Frank Murkowski, was a banker before joining the American political race where he served as a senator and later governor while her mum Nancy Rena (née Gore) is of Canadian, Irish and French descent. During her formative years, Lisa’s family members always moved around the state due to her father’s banking job.
Young Lisa Murkowski completed her high school education at Monroe High School Fairbanks Ak, after graduation she went to Georgetown University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1980. Later in 1985 Lisa graduated with a JD degree from Willamette University College of Law.
Prior to her foray into politics, Lisa Murkowski served as an attorney in the Anchorage District Court Clerk’s Office from 1987 to 1989. In 1989, she went into private practice in Anchorage, Alaska and remained there until 1998. She spent a year with the Mayor’s Task Force for the Homeless from 1990 to 1989. 1991.
5 facts you need to know about Lisa Murkowski
Alaska House of Rep
The top politician was first elected to Alaska’s House of Representatives in 1998, she has a record of two re-elections in 2000 and 2002 respectively. The political pundit served as House Majority Leader for the 2003-2004 legislative sessions, but due to her Senate appointment, she declined the position and consequently tendered her resignation to the Alaska House of Rep. She was a former president of Military and Veterans Affairs. Committees and also the Labor and Trade Committee, she also served on the Alaska Commission on Post-Secondary Education Issues.
Appointment to the United States Senate
While still an active member of the Housestate in Alaska, Lisa Murkowski was appointed to the United States Senate by her father – Governor Frank Murkowski. The nomination that came about with Frank’s resignation from the Senate after being elected governor raised a lot of dust, it was considered nepotism by the majority. Lisa’s nomination ultimately resulted in a referendum that stripped the governor of his constitutional rights and powers to directly appoint replacement senators.
Murkowski is a prestigious member of the SenateOceans Caucus where she currently serves as co-chair, she belongs to the Senate Cultural Caucus as a member and is also a member of the Afterschool Caucus.
The Alaska senator was married only once in his life, she had a long record of marital happiness with his wife Verne Martell. The duo have been married since 1987 and have since been inseparable, they have two children namely Nicholas and Mathew Martell.
Lisa achieved an unusual feat in 2010 when she broke the records as the 2nd senator in United States history to defeat candidates whose names appeared on the ballot and won the election as a registered candidate. The first politician to achieve this unusual feat was Strom Thurmond in 1954.
On October 6, 2018, Senator Lisa Murkowski sparked controversy when she voted against confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. It sidelined her as the only Republican senator to oppose the Supreme Court nominee, a move that President Donald Trump says will drive her out forever.