Some people were just born to fame and popularity, riding on the goodwill of her politician father who gave her a seat in the American Senate, Alaskan-born Senator Lisa Murkowski is simply your perfect political Amazon. Politics runs in her veins, and since she was born into a prominent political family, she is more than capable of riding the turbulent turf of politics and emerging as the victor on the other side.
Lisa came to the American Senate by chance when her father, Frank Murkowski, a then-incumbent senator, was elected governor. He quickly brought his daughter into the Senate by appointing her to the Senate at the end of his unfinished term as a US senator. Despite the resulting controversy and protests that her appearance sparked, the stubborn political Amazon held on to her Senate seat and was able to run and win in the next election, which was held in 2004. Lisa’s political record dates back to 1998 when she was elected to the Alaskan House of Representatives. During her years as a member of the House of Representatives, she ran in two successful re-elections before joining the Senate. Since then she has held many important political offices and has done admirably well. The 5 foot 9-inch tall political icon is a born fighter. Like the women in the American 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 political race in the United States, where he served as a senator and later as governor, while her mother Nancy Rena (née Gore) is of Canadian, Irish and French descent. During her formative years, Lisa’s family members were always on the road, moving around the state for her father’s bank job.
Young Lisa Murkowski graduated from Monroe High School Fairbanks Ak. After graduating, she went to Georgetown University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1980. Later, in 1985, Lisa Murkowski earned 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 opened a private practice in Anchorage Alaska and remained there until 1998. From 1990 to 1991 she worked for a year on the Mayor’s Task Force for the Homeless.
5 Facts You Need to Know About Lisa Murkowski
Alaska House of Rep
The high-ranking politician was first elected to the Alaskan House of Representatives in 1998 and can look back on two re-elections in 2000 and 2002. The political expert served as a majority leader in the House of Representatives in the 2003-2004 legislative periods, but because of her appointment as a senator, she declined this office and subsequently submitted her resignation to the Alaskan House of Representatives. She was the former chair of the Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs and the Committee on Labor and Trade and also sat on the Alaskan Postsecondary Education Commission.
U.S Senate Appointment
While still a serving member of the Alaskan House of Representatives, Lisa Murkowski was appointed to the US Senate by her father – Governor Frank Murkowski. The appointment, which came about with Frank’s resignation from the Senate after his election as governor, stirred up a lot of dust; it was seen by the majority as nepotism. Lisa’s appointment eventually led to a referendum that deprived the governor of his right and constitutional authority to appoint substitute senators directly.
The senator from Alaska was married only once in her life, she has a long history of marital bliss with her spouse Verne Martell. The duo married in 1987 and have been inseparable ever since. They have two children, Nicholas and Mathew Martell.
Murkowski is a respected member of the Senate Oceans Caucus, where she currently serves in her capacity as co-chair, she is a member of the Senate Cultural Committee and is also a member of the Afterschool Caucuses.
Lisa did an unusual feat in 2010 when she broke records as the 2nd senator in the history of the United States to defeat the candidates whose names were on the ballot and won the election as a writing candidate. The first female politician to succeed in this unusual feat was Strom Thurmond in 1954.
On October 6, 2018, Senator Lisa Murkowski provoked controversy when she voted against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh before the Supreme Court on October 6, 2018. This made her the only Republican senator to oppose her candidacy for the Supreme Court, a move that President Donald Trump said would haunt her forever.