Lisa Murkowski

Senator from Alaska

Lisa Murkowski

Lisa Murkowski

Senator from Alaska


Sen. Lisa Murkowski


Honorary Board Member since 2011

Senator Lisa Murkowski is the first Alaskan born Senator to serve the state and only the sixth United States Senator from Alaska. The state’s senior senator, Lisa Murkowski is a third generation Alaskan, born in Ketchikan and raised in towns across the state: Wrangell, Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage. Since joining the Senate in 2002, Senator Murkowski has already made many strides on issues facing Alaskans. As she advocates for legislation on the Senate floor, her passion for improving the state of health care, education, energy, veterans’ affairs and infrastructure development in Alaska is unquestionable.

Only the 33rd female to serve in the United States Senate since its founding in 1789, Senator Murkowski has assumed leadership roles quickly in the Senate. She is the senior Republican member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Senator Murkowski is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee – the first Alaskan to serve on that panel – and also is a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

Senator Murkowski was elected by her fellow Republican senators to serve as the Vice Chair of the Senate Republican Conference for the 111th Congress, the fifth-highest party leadership position in the United States Senate.

Senator Murkowski understands the challenges that face Alaskan families, and she is committed to improving economic stability and job growth in the state. Her work to open ANWR and build the Alaska natural gas pipeline demonstrates her commitment to growth in Alaska, as well as an understanding of the country’s energy needs.

She earned a B.A. in economics from Georgetown University in 1980 and then returned to Juneau to work as a legislative aide, also becoming active in state Republican politics. In 1985 she graduated with a law degree from Willamette University and became a member of the Alaska Bar Association in 1987. She served as Anchorage District Court attorney for two years and then worked in Alaska commercial law for eight years before opening her own practice. Murkowski was elected to three terms in the Alaska State House of Representatives, beginning in 1998, and was named House Majority Leader during the 2003-2004 term. While serving in the State House, Murkowski sat on the Alaska Commission on Post Secondary Education and chaired both the Labor and Commerce and the Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committees. In 1999 she introduced legislation establishing a Joint Armed Services Committee, where she also served. After being appointed to the Senate on December 20, 2002, Senator Murkowski was elected to a full six-year Senate term in November 2004.

Lisa married Verne Martell, an Anchorage small business owner, in 1987 and they have two sons, Nicolas and Matthew. She enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, fishing, camping, and actively participating in community outreach programs.

Brief Biography:
Senator Lisa Murkowski
Born: Ketchikan, AK
Husband: Verne Martell
Children: Two sons, Nicolas and Matt

High School: Monroe High School, Fairbanks, AK
Economics Degree, Georgetown University
Juris Doctor, Willamette College of Law

Senate Committee Assignments:
- Senior Republican Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
- Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee
- Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee
- Member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee

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05/22/1957 - Ketchikan, AK




Camping, Fishing, Skiing

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B.A. in Economics

Georgetown University is a private research university in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1789, it is the oldest Jesuit and Catholic university in the United States. Georgetown's main campus, located in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood, is noted for Healy Hall, a National Historic Landmark in the Romanesque revival style. Georgetown operates a law center on Capitol Hill and auxiliary campuses in Italy, Turkey, and Qatar.


A Long and Rich History Established in 1883, Willamette University's College of Law was the second law school in the West and the first law school in the Pacific Northwest. The College of Law helped educate many of the first leaders of the bar. Now, more than 125 years later, the school continues to uphold its proud tradition of excellence. We've been accredited by the ABA since 1938. A Distinctive Learning Environment Willamette's learning environment is distinctive among law schools. We are committed to the pursuit of academic and professional excellence and to providing a supportive environment that maximizes each student's unique potential. We emphasize small enrollment, excellence in teaching and a high level of faculty-student interaction. We also boast a student-faculty ratio of approximately 13-to-1. Our select enrollment of fewer than 420 students creates an intellectual intimacy unmatched by most law schools in the United States. The first-year class at the College of Law comprises about 145 bright, competitive students engaged in full-time study. An Outstanding Faculty The heart of any law school is its faculty and, like all great law schools, Willamette's faculty is outstanding. In addition to being exemplary teachers, the members of the faculty are committed to the advancement of knowledge through research and scholarship, to diversity, and to public service. The faculty includes nationally and internationally recognized experts in fields ranging from constitutional law and law and religion to international and comparative law, business law, and sports law. And for the past two years, the College of Law faculty has been ranked first in Oregon in per capita publications in top journals. A Rich Curriculum with Innovative Programs Willamette's law school may be small, but its curriculum is rich and diverse. Specialized certificate programs in Law and Government, Sustainability Law, Dispute Resolution, Law and Business, and International and Comparative Law underscore the strong academic foundation provided by the college, help distinguish Willamette students from other law school graduates, and take advantage of the College of Law's location in the state capital, our first-in-the-West dispute resolution center, and our faculty's pioneering work in the field of sustainability law. Experiential Learning Willamette students also gain important practical skills training through simulation-based courses, moot court competitions, intensive trial practice and targeted externship placements. In addition, they acquire real-world experience working with clients in the Clinical Law Program. These programs provide students with an insider's view into the lawmaking process and valuable hands-on experience in the actual practice of law. Distinguished Graduates Graduates of the College of Law serve the profession and their communities with honor and distinction throughout the United States - on the bench and the bar, in state and national government, in Fortune 500 corporations and in nonprofit agencies. Equally important, they proudly uphold the Willamette tradition of being dedicated public servants, leaders of the bar and good citizens. The College of Law is proud to count among its alumni the two most recent Chief Justices of the Oregon Supreme Court, a sitting United States Senator and Representative, and the legal counsel to our Governor. Get to Know Us Better This brief introduction attempts to give you a taste of Willamette and a glimpse at its rich history. We encourage you to get to know us better and compare us with other fine law schools across the country. We believe you will discover that Willamette University College of Law is the right school for you.

2019 - Current
Career History
District Attorney
1987 - 1989
Representative from the 18th District
2000 - 2002
Boards & Committees
Member of the Commission
1997 - 1998
Honorary Member, Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency
2020 - Current

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Member of the Commission
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Former Governor at Alaska Office of the Governor, Frank Murkowski


Former Governor at Alaska Office of the Governor, Frank Murkowski

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