Murkowski, Lisa

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  • Republican senator Lisa Murkowski (1957–) entered the national political scene when she was appointed to the U.S. Senate by her father, Governor Frank Murkowski, after he was elected governor of Alaska in 2002. He had resigned his Senate seat after being sworn in as governor, and he had the power to appoint his successor. The controversial appointment of his daughter was seen as nepotism by Murkowski's opposition. The appointment caused such controversy that Alaska later passed a referendum that removed the governor's power to directly appoint replacement senators. Lisa Murkowski is also notable for her victory in the 2010 Alaska senatorial race, which she won through write-in votes.

    Lisa Murkowski was born in Ketchikan, Alaska, in 1957. She graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in ...

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