Lisa MurkowskiSenator R-Alaska
Lisa Ann Murkowski is the senior United States Senator from Alaska and a member of the Republican Party. She has served in the Senate since 2002. Murkowski became the state's senior senator on January 3, 2009 when Democrat Mark Begich, who had defeated Alaska's senior senator Ted Stevens in November 2008, took office. She is the daughter of Frank Murkowski, former U.S. Senator and Governor of Alaska. Before her appointment to the Senate, she served in the Alaska House of Representatives and was eventually elected majority leader. Murkowski was appointed to the U.S. Senate by her father, Frank Murkowski, who resigned his seat in December 2002 to become the Governor of Alaska. She completed her father's unexpired term which ended in January 2005. She ran for and won a full term in 2004. She ran for a second term in 2010. She 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, and only the second in U.S. history. Murkowski earned a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University in 1980, the same year her father was elected to the U.S. Senate. She received her J.D. in 1985 from Willamette University College of Law. Then, she was employed as an attorney in the Anchorage District Court Clerk's office (1987-89). From 1989 to 1998, she was an attorney in private practice in Anchorage, Alaska.