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Murkowski most recently won re-election in 2010. She defeated Joe Miller (R), Scott T. McAdams (D), Frederick Haase (L), Tim Carter (Nonaffiliated), and Ted Gianoutsos (Nonaffiliated) in the general election.
 
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Murkowski paid her congressional staff a total of $2,397,010 in 2011.  She ranked 21st on the list of the lowest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and she ranked 28th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[Alaska]] ranked 47th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average [[U.S. Senate]] congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/72/Sen_Lisa_Murkowski.html LegiStorm "Lisa Murkowski"]</ref>
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Lisa Murkowski
Lisa Murkowski.jpg
U.S. Senate, Alaska
Incumbent
In office
2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
PredecessorFrank Murkowski (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedDecember 20, 2002
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$10,392,392
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Alaska State House of Representatives
1998-2002
Education
Bachelor'sGeorgetown University, 1980
J.D.Willamette College of Law, 1985
Personal
BirthdayMay 22, 1957
Place of birthKetchikan, AK
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$713,520
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Lisa Murkowski (b. May 22, 1957 in Ketchikan, Alaska) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Alaska. Murkowski was first appointed to the Senate in 2002.

Murkowski most recently won re-election in 2010. She defeated Joe Miller (R), Scott T. McAdams (D), Frederick Haase (L), Tim Carter (Nonaffiliated), and Ted Gianoutsos (Nonaffiliated) in the general election.

Prior to her appointment to the Senate, Murkowski served in the U.S. House from 1999 to 2002.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Murkowski is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, she may break with the Republican Party line more than her fellow members.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Murkowski's academic, professional and political career:[1]

  • 1980: Graduated from Georgetown University
  • 1985: Graduated from Willamette College of Law
  • 1987-1989: Anchorage District Court attorney
  • 1989-1996: Private practice
  • 1999-2002: Alaska House of Representatives
  • 2002: Appointed to U.S. Senate
  • 2002-Present: U.S. Senator from Alaska

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Murkowski serves on the following Senate committees[2]:

  • Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Department of Homeland
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Subcommittee on Department of Defense
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
  • Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    • Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging
  • Indian Affairs
  • Energy and Natural Resources
    • Subcommittee on Water and Power
    • Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining
    • Subcommittee on National Parks
    • Subcommittee on Energy

2011-2012

  • Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Defense
    • Subcommittee on Energy And Water Development
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Ranking Member
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
  • Energy and Natural Resources, Ranking Member
    • Subcommittee on Water and Power
  • Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    • Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging
  • Indian Affairs

Issues

Political Positions

Gay marriage

Murkowski became the third Republican Senator to speak out in favor of gay marriage in June 2013.[3] She follows in the footsteps of Mark Kirk (R) of Illinois and Rob Portman (R) of Ohio, who announced his support of same-sex marriage in March 2013, citing his gay son, Will, as part of the motivation.[4]

On June 19, 2013 Murkowski wrote on her website, “I am a life-long Republican because I believe in promoting freedom and limiting the reach of government. When government does act, I believe it should encourage family values. I support the right of all Americans to marry the person they love and choose because I believe doing so promotes both values: it keeps politicians out of the most private and personal aspects of peoples’ lives – while also encouraging more families to form and more adults to make a lifetime commitment to one another.”[3]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Lisa Murkowski endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [5]

Earmarks

A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.[6] According to the report, Murkowski co-sponsored $6.9 million worth of earmarks for a road project that began near property she purchased from a friend and real estate developer at a reduced price. After media reports about the land deal, Murkowski sold the parcel back to the developer.[7]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Murkowski voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[8]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists criticized President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[9][10][11]

According to the website Breitbart, Murkowski was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[12][13]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[14]

Elections

2010

On November 2, 2010, Lisa Murkowski won re-election to the United States Senate. She defeated Joe Miller (R), Scott T. McAdams (D), Frederick Haase (L), Tim Carter (Nonaffiliated) and Ted Gianoutsos (Nonaffiliated) in the general election.[15]

U.S. Senate, Alaska General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Write-in Green check mark transparent.pngLisa Murkowski incumbent 39.7% 101,091
     Republican Joe Miller 35.6% 90,839
     Democratic Scott T. McAdams 23.6% 60,045
     Libertarian Frederick Haase 0.6% 1,459
     Nonaffiliated Tim Carter 0.4% 927
     Nonaffiliated Ted Gianoutsos 0.2% 458
Total Votes 254,819

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Murkowski is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Murkowski raised a total of $10,392,392 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[17]

Lisa Murkowski's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 US Senate (Alaska) Won $4,689,683
2004 US Senate (Alaska) Won $5,702,709
Grand Total Raised $10,392,392

2010

Breakdown of the source of Murkowski's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Murkowski won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Murkowski's campaign committee raised a total of $4,689,683 and spent $4,605,972.[18]

His top 5 contributors between 2005-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Murkowski is a "centrist Republican leader" as of June 2013.[19]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Murkowski missed 141 of 3,251 roll call votes from January 2003 to March 2013. This amounts to 4.3%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of March 2013.[20]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Murkowski paid her congressional staff a total of $2,397,010 in 2011. She ranked 21st on the list of the lowest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and she ranked 28th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Alaska ranked 47th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[21]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Murkowski's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $264,040 and $1,163,000. That averages to $713,520, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. Her average net worth decreased by 57.25% from 2010.[22]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Murkowski's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $897,040 and $2,441,000. That averages to $1,669,020, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[23]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Murkowski ranked 44th in the conservative rankings among U.S. Senators in 2012.[24]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Murkowski ranked 44th in the conservative rankings among U.S. Senators.[25]

Voting with party

2013

Murkowski voted with the Republican Party 67.9% of the time, which ranked 44th among the 45 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[26]


Personal

Murkowski and her husband, Verne Martell, have two children.

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Lisa Murkowski," Accessed October 20, 2011
  2. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Washington Post "Murkowski becomes third GOP senator to back gay marriage" Accessed June 19, 2013
  4. Politico "Mark Kirk endorses gay marriage" Accessed April 2, 2013
  5. Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "Sen. Murkowski for Romney," December 2, 2011
  6. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  7. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  8. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  10. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  11. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  12. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  13. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  14. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Lisa Murkowski," Accessed March 25, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Lisa Murkowski 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 22 2011
  19. Gov Track "Lisa Murkowski," Accessed June 7, 2013
  20. GovTrack, "Lisa Murkowski," Accessed April 2, 2013
  21. LegiStorm "Lisa Murkowski"
  22. OpenSecrets.org, "Murkowski, (R-Alaska), 2011"
  23. OpenSecrets.org, "Murkowski, (R-Alaska), 2010"
  24. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  25. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  26. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Murkowski
U.S. Senate - Alaska
2003-Present
Succeeded by
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