Lisa Murkowski

Born:May 22, 1957 (age 62)
Career:U.S. Senate, 2002-present
Alaska House of Representatives, 1999-2002
Education:B.A., Georgetown University
J.D., Willamette University College of Law

Lisa Murkowski has served in the U.S. Senate for Alaska since 2002. Murkowski was the first elected Alaska-born senator and the sixth U.S. senator to serve the state of Alaska.

Murkowski was born May 22, 1957, in Ketchikan, Alaska. Her father is former U.S. senator and governor of Alaska Frank Murkowski. In 1980, she graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. She continued on to complete a Juris Doctorate from Willamette University in 1985. Prior to assuming office, Murkowski practiced commercial law in Anchorage and served three terms in Alaska's state House of Representatives.

Murkowski was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 2002 by her father, who resigned his seat to become the governor of Alaska. She completed her father's unexpired term, then ran for and won a full term in 2004. She ran for a second term in 2010 but lost the Republican Party nomination to Tea Party candidate Joe Miller. She then ran as a write-in candidate and defeated both Miller and Democrat Scott McAdams in the general election, making her the first senator to be elected by write-in vote since Strom Thurmond in 1954.

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