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Lisa Murkowski (C’80)

U.S. Senator (R-Alaska)

Location: White-Gravenor, Georgetown University
Interviewer: Scott Fleming (F’72)
Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Lisa Murkowski

Senator Murkowski remembers that although Georgetown was an international campus in the late 1970s, Alaska was still a novelty. She fondly recalls her economics classes. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2002, she became the first Alaskan-born senator to serve the state and the sixth senator from Alaska. On Nov. 17, 2010, Murkowski made history by becoming the first Senate candidate in more than 50 years to win a write-in campaign, emerging victorious over her Tea Party opponent, Joe Miller.

The state’s senior senator, Murkowski is a third-generation Alaskan. The 33rd female to serve in the United States Senate since its founding in 1789, Senator Murkowski has quickly assumed leadership roles in the Senate. She is the senior Republican member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Senator Murkowski is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee—the first Alaskan to serve on that panel—and the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

Additional Resources

United States Senator Lisa Murkowski’s Website
http://murkowski.senate.gov/public/

AP: “Murkowski Wins Alaska Senate Race”
Nov. 17, 2010
http://www.npr.org/2010/11/17/131391244/ap-murkowski-wins-alaska-senate-race

The New York Times
“Lisa Murkowski Beats Joe Miller in Alaska Senate Race”
Nov. 17, 2010
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/18/us/politics/18alaska.html

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