Murkowski, Frank

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  • Frank Murkowski (1933–) served Alaska in the U.S. Senate from 1980 to 2002, when he resigned after being elected governor of Alaska. In the Senate, Murkowski acted as the chair of the Committee on Veterans Affairs, and he chaired the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources from 1995 to 2001. The most controversial aspect of Murkowski's chairmanship was his unsuccessful attempt to have the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) opened to oil exploration and drilling. The debate over AWNR brought national attention to energy and environmental policy in Alaska. Upon Murkowski's resignation from the Senate and his election to the Alaska governorship, he appointed his daughter, Lisa Murkowski, to his seat. In the Senate debate regarding the ban on homosexuals serving in the military, Murkowski ...

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