Lisa Murkowski

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U.S. Senator

Lisa Murkowski




Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
(subcommittees and past assignments)

Candidates for the AK-Senate Class III Seat:
(Next election: 2 November 2010)

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Lisa Ann Murkowski, a Republican, has represented the state of Alaska in the United States Senate since 2002.


Record and controversies

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Health Care

Murkowski has been supporting the CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) since 1997. It provides comprehensive health care coverage to low-income and uninsured children. CHIP was enacted in 1997 and originally allowed states to provide health coverage for families earning up to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. The bill passed today allows states to expand coverage to children from families earning up to 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. The reauthorization extends coverage for over 6 million children currently enrolled in the program and expands the program to include an additional 3.5 million eligible low-income children and children of the working poor. [1]

Iraq War

Murkowski voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq in Oct. 2002.

For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

In 2007 she has voted to pass a bill that appropriated $505.23 billion to the Department of Defense and related agencies in the following manner

  • $129.53 billion for operation and maintenance of the Department of Defense (Sec. 301)
  • $112.04 billion for military personnel (Sec. 421)
  • $85.73 billion for procurement( buying of needed equipment) (Sec. 101, 102, 103, 104)
  • $74.16 billion for research, development, test and evaluation (Sec. 201)
  • $2.23 billion for the Iraq Freedom Fund
  • $20.92 billion for the Defense Health Program (Sec. 303)

The bill also included points on prohibiting cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment of any individual in custody or physical control of the U.S. government, regardless of geographical location (Sec. 1061) as well as restrictions on the use of funds for certain purposes in Iraq, including forbidding establishment of U.S. military bases in Iraq and exercising U.S. control of oil in Iraq (Sec. 1419).[1]


Lisa Murkowski voted against the Unintended Pregnancy Amendment (03/17/2005) which was backed by Hillary Rodham Clinton, that if passed would provide increases in funding and access to family planning services, legislation that would require equitable prescription coverage for contraceptives under health plans as well as legislation that would create and expend teen pregnancy prevention
programs and education programs concerning emergency contraceptives. She has supported Planned Parenthood only 18% of the time and NARAL Pro-Choice America 0% of the time in 2006. In the same year she has supported the National Right to Life Committee (which is not pro-choice) 50% of the time. See the bill

Environmental record

Voted yes on a piece of legislation that would establish supplies for biofuels to obtain energy security and transportation. It would also promote energy efficiency, cost effective and environmentally friendly public buildings, and establish provisions for energy diplomacy and security. [2]

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Ties to Stevens business associate

In late 2006, Bob Penney testified before a grand jury about his relationship with former Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK), uncovering a murky history of possible corruption. Penney had previously invited Stevens into a a real estate investment deal that made the Senator hundreds of thousands of dollars. Bob Penney also appeared to have connections to Murkowski, as around the time that he was making deals with Stevens, he was also selling Murkowski land.[2]

Main article: Ted_Stevens#VECO corruption investigation

Due to Alaska's loose records laws, it is unclear if Murkowski was given a special deal on the land, only that the market value of the 1.27 acre plot in the area she purchased was worth around $300,000 and that Murkowski purchased the riverfront plot in late December of last year with a mortgage of $136,000. It was also speculated that Penny could have gotten much more for the land.[3]

When reached for a comment, Penney stated "There was not a campaign contribution... This was a land transaction."[4]

Ryan Alexander, the director of Taxpayers for Common Sense commented, "It raises more than question, it raises concern... It puts [Murkowski] into that web of folks that has raised eyebrows."[5]

In light of the questionable land deal, on July 26, 2007 Murkowski and her husband announced their decision to sell back the property to Penney for the purchase price of $179,400. She stated, “While Verne [her husband] and I intended to make this our family home and we paid a fair price for this land, no property is worth compromising the trust of the Alaska people.”[6][7]

It was later revealed in early August 2007 that Murkowski had secured $6 million worth of earmarks since 2003 for a road project within a half-mile of the property, which could significantly increase the real estate's value. The remainder of the Alaska delegation, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), also contributed another $2 million in federal funding for the improvement, called the Keystone Drive Project. In order to help cover the costs at the state level, Murkowski's father, then-Governor of Alaska, Frank Murkowski, also contributed another $325,000 in state funds. Local residents began lobbying for the project in 2002, mainly claiming a desire to improve the road, which leads to the National Kenai Wildlife Refuge, due to the regular influx of tourists during the summer. Having successfully garnered federal funding, construction for the project was set to begin in 2008. Although touting the public interest, the residents behind the project failed to seek any of the funding for additional projects that would benefit the general public, such as parking lots. The road would not have been vital for Murkowski, had she kept the riverfront property, for example, in order to reach the main highway, but the project would easily have increased the site's property value.[8]

Reparations for Japanese Latin Americans

Murkowski cosponsored The Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act in the 110th Congress which would establish a commission that would determine the facts and circumstances involving the relocation, internment and deportation of Japanese Latin Americans.[9]

Main article: Redress for Japanese Latin Americans/ U.S. legislation#Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act of 2007


Born May 22, 1957 in Ketchikan, Alaska, Murkowski earned a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University in 1980, and a J.D. from Willamette University College of Law in 1985.

She was an attorney in Anchorage, Alaska from 1985 to 1998. She also served on the mayor's task force on the homeless from 1990 to 1991.

In 1998, she was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives and was elected the House Majority Leader for the 2003-2004 session. However, she resigned from the House in December 2002 because her father, then-Senator Frank Murkowski, was elected governor and appointed her to his U.S. Senate seat.

Murkowski was elected to a full six-year term against former Governor Tony Knowles in the 2004 election. Nepotism charges were an issue in the campaign, and it is likely that the circumstances of her appointment reduced her margin of victory, but were apparently insufficient to overcome the Republican majority of Alaska. Near the end of the campaign, senior senator Ted Stevens shot campaign ads for Murkowski and warned the public that if a Democrat replaced Murkowski they were likely to receive fewer federal dollars. In the end, Alaska's Republican majority prevailed, and Murkowski retained her position.

Murkowski is one of ten Republican Senators who refused to commit to Bill Frist's Nuclear option to end judicial filibusters. Though her voting record on abortion is mixed, Murkowski is one of a number of pro-choice Senate Republicans. However, she supports oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge while many of her fellow "Main Street" Republicans do not.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Edison Chouest Offshore$ 46,100
Constellation Energy$ 37,646
Van Ness Feldman$ 35,900
ConocoPhillips$ 35,850
PG&E Corp$ 35,250
Trident Seafoods$ 32,700
FTI Consulting$ 30,504
WPP Group$ 29,350
Exxon Mobil$ 27,950
Barrick Gold Corp$ 27,450
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Lisa Murkowski
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

More Background Data


DC office
  • 709 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-6665 Fax: 202-224-5301
    Webform email
District offices
  • 510 L Street, Suite 550 Anchorage, AK 99501
    Ph: 907-271-3735 Fax: (none entered)
  • Post Office Box 1030 311 Willow Street Building 3 Bethel, AK 99559
    Ph: 907-543-1639 Fax: (none entered)
  • 101 12th Avenue Room 216 Fairbanks, AK 99701
    Ph: 907-456-0233 Fax: (none entered)
  • Post Office Box 21247 709 West Ninth Street, Room 971 Juneau, AK 99802
    Ph: 907-586-7400 Fax: (none entered)
  • 110 Trading Bay Road Suite 105 Kenai, AK 99611
    Ph: 907-283-5808 Fax: (none entered)
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See also


  1. Bill page on Project Vote Smart.]
  2. Laura McGann. "Murkowski Land Deal Raises Questions," TPM Muckraker. July 17, 2007.
  3. Laura McGann. "Murkowski Land Deal Raises Questions," TPM Muckraker. July 17, 2007.
  4. Laura McGann. "Murkowski Land Deal Raises Questions," TPM Muckraker. July 17, 2007.
  5. Laura McGann. "Murkowski Land Deal Raises Questions," TPM Muckraker. July 17, 2007.
  6. Paul Kiel, "Murkowski: Uncle!," TPM Muckraker, July 26, 2007.
  7. Erika Bolstad and Richard Mauer, "Murkowski to sell back Kenai property," Anchorage Daily News, July 26, 2007.
  8. Laura McGann and Paul Kiel, "Entire Alaska Delegation Contributed Earmarks To 3 Mile Road," TPM Muckraker, August 7, 2007.


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