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|Birthday = May 22, 1957
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Lisa Murkowski
Lisa Murkowski.jpg
U.S. Senate, Alaska
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 12
PredecessorFrank Murkowski (R)
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
Bachelor'sGeorgetown University, 1980
J.D.Willamette College of Law, 1985
Date of birthMay 22, 1957
Place of birthKetchikan, AK
Net worth$762,520
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 Alaska House of Representatives 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.


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


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


  • 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


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[3] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). For more information pertaining to Murkowski's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[4]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" Murkowski voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[5]

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.[6][7][8]

According to the website Breitbart, Murkowski was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[9][10]

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."[11]


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[12] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Murkowski voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[13]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" Murkowski voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspended the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[14]


Mexico-U.S. border

Voted "No" Murkowski voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[15]

Social Issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Voted "Yes" Murkowski voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[16]

Gay marriage

Murkowski became the third Republican Senator to speak out in favor of gay marriage in June 2013.[17] 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.[18]

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.”[17]

Previous congressional sessions

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.[19]

Presidential preference


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

Lisa Murkowski endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [20]


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.[21] 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.[22]



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.[23]

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.[25]

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


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.[26]

His top 5 contributors between 2005-2010 were:


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.[27]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[28]

Murkowski most often votes with:

Murkowski least often votes with:

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.[29]

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 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.[30]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Murkowski's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $300,041 and $1,225,000. That averages to $762,520, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Murkowski ranked as the 71st most wealthy senator in 2012.[31]

Lisa Murkowski Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings


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.[32]


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.[33]

Voting with party


Murkowski voted with the Republican Party 67.9% of the time, which ranked 44th among the 45 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[34]


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

Recent news

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External links


  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. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  5. Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  6. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  7. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  8. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  9. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  10. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  11. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  13., "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  17. 17.0 17.1 Washington Post "Murkowski becomes third GOP senator to back gay marriage" Accessed June 19, 2013
  18. Politico "Mark Kirk endorses gay marriage" Accessed April 2, 2013
  19. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  20. Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "Sen. Murkowski for Romney," December 2, 2011
  21. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  22. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Lisa Murkowski," Accessed March 25, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Lisa Murkowski 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 22 2011
  27. Gov Track "Lisa Murkowski," Accessed June 7, 2013
  28. OpenCongress, "Lisa Murkowski," Accessed July 30, 2013
  29. GovTrack, "Lisa Murkowski," Accessed April 2, 2013
  30. LegiStorm "Lisa Murkowski"
  31., "Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), 2012"
  32. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  33. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  34. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Murkowski
U.S. Senate - Alaska
Succeeded by