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Northern Gas Pipelines: Alaska's New Governor Appoints State House of Representatives Majority Leader To Be Alaska's First Woman In Congress.


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ANCHORAGE, Ak.-Governor Frank H. Murkowski (NGP Photo) appointed Alaska State Legislative Rep. Lisa Murkowski (Biography) to be the first woman U.S. Senator for Alaska at a press conference here this morning.   Preparing for the announcement, Governor Murkowski said, "With my new role under the law ... I must appoint a successor.  It is probably one of the most important decisions I will make as governor." 

Governor Murkowski said that in arriving at the final decision he had considered 26 candidates and interviewed 11, calling it a "rewarding process".  He said he was mindful of a number of qualifications, including legislative experience; good judgment in representing the interests of Alaska; energetic and willing to undertake a grueling schedule.  He said his successor should share his vision and legislative agenda for Alaska. "We need ANWR opened now and we need a natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48," he said.  He then introduced his daughter as his choice.

Senator-designee Murkowski took the podium and said she had not been aware of the decision until "late Tuesday night".  She expressed her sense of honor and commitment surrounding the appointment and remained to answer questions.

Following the announcement, APRN's Ellen Lockyer (NGP Photo) asked the new Senator if she was 'up to the challenge'.  She said that her familiarity with the legislative process, Washington D.C. and the players there gave her, "...a foot up."  She said she will, "...walk into the Capital on January 7 and start working."  NBC affiliate reporter Steve MacDonald asked with a smile if there are any ways she differed from 'the guy' who formerly held the seat.  "I could be flip," she said, "and say 'he's a man' (audience laughter), but we agree on most of the issues important to the state." 

KENI Radio's Dave Totten later asked Governor Murkowski how difficult it would be for the new senator to "...hit the ground running on issues like ANWR and gas pipeline."  Murkowski responded that he had arranged with the Senate Rules committee a transition recognizing that while low in seniority, a replacement would still be fulfilling the term of a more senior Senator.  That transition, he said, would involve maintenance of Washington and Alaska offices and staff members.  Accordingly, he said, she "...should have no trouble hitting the ground running."  He said that ANWR would take a cooperative effort and that, "She will fit into that process very well."  He mentioned that longtime Director of Federal Government Affairs, John Katz, would remain to assist with the transition. 

In other responses to questions, the Governor said:

  • "She can best meet the vision I have in mind....  Being elected majority leader of the Alaska House of Representatives speaks to her leadership and proven abilities."

  • "I am satisfied she will be a senator who will best represent Alaska and represent the best traditions of the State."

  • "The White House is aware ... and has indicated that on her next trip to Washington they will arrange a series of meetings."

Additional Alaska references:  Official Press Release from Office of Governor Frank Murkowski Anchorage Daily News (2) (Mike Doogan), Fairbanks Daily News Miner (2) (3), Juneau Empire (2), Peninsula Clarion.

(Note:  Additions/corrections to our reports are always solicited as accuracy of the archives is our goal.  -dh)

Biography: Lisa Murkowski

Representative Lisa Murkowski is a third generation Alaskan. Born and raised in Southeastern Alaska, Lisa attended high school in Fairbanks, and has resided in Anchorage for over 25 years. Lisa was elected to the Alaska State Legislature in 1998, and continues a family tradition of community and public service in the state.

Lisa graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Economics in 1980 and received her law degree in 1985 from Willamette College of Law. Lisa is a member of the Alaska Bar Association, served as an Anchorage District Court attorney, and was in private practice with a commercial law firm for eight years before establishing a solo civil practice.

Lisa has distinguished herself as a community advocate for numerous social service organizations including the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, Catholic Social Services, the Mayor’s Task Force on the Homeless, Alaskans for Drug-Free Youth, and Boys and Girls Clubs. She was awarded with the FBI Director’s Award for work in the prevention of drug abuse. She is involved in education issues and has served as the President of the Government Hill Elementary School PTA. Lisa’s political activism includes prior service on the State Republican Central Committee and as the Republican Chairman of District 14. She is also a member of the Alaska Federation of Republican Women, Midnight Sun Republican Women, and the Anchorage Republican Women’s Club. Since 1990 she has served on the board of First Bank, a southeastern-based bank.

Lisa is presently the House Majority Leader and is a member of the Rules and Judiciary Committees, Legislative Council, and the Special Committee on Education. Lisa introduced legislation establishing a Joint Armed Services Committee and has served on the committee since its inception. Lisa is a commissioner on the Post Secondary Education Commission. In previous sessions she was chair of the Labor and Commerce and Military and Veterans Affairs Committees. She is also a member of the National Council of State Legislatures, Council of State Governments Executive Committee, and the National Order of Women Legislators.

Lisa and her husband, Verne Martell, are raising their two sons, Nicolas and Matthew, in Anchorage. Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, fishing, camping, and community work.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  December 20, 2002

Governor Taps Lisa Murkowski to Fill Senate Seat

(Office of the Governor, Anchorage) Gov. Frank H. Murkowski today appointed Alaska state Rep. Lisa Murkowski, to fill the remaining two years of his U.S. Senate term, marking the first time in Alaska history a woman will hold statewide federal office, and the first time in U.S. history a father and daughter will each have served in the Senate.

The new senator was sworn in by federal Judge Andrew Kleinfeld of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a brief ceremony a few hours after the announcement.

“I firmly believe that this person should come from the next generation of Alaskans and be prepared to spend multiple terms in the United States Senate, to build up seniority which Alaskans depend on to influence policy in our nation’s Capitol,” Gov. Murkowski said in announcing the appointment.  He left the Senate after 22 years on Dec. 2, after winning a statewide gubernatorial election.

Gov. Murkowski noted that he has been consistent in his desire to select a replacement who shares his values and political philosophy, could win re-election to the seat in 2004, is young enough to serve long-term and build seniority, and is a strong proponent for the issues important to Alaskans.  He said his daughter was well qualified on all counts, having distinguished herself during the four years she has served in Alaska’s House of Representatives.

“She has established her own credentials as a legislator and, as the incoming Majority Leader in the House, others have demonstrated their confidence in her abilities,” Gov. Murkowski said.

Lisa Murkowski, 45, is a life-long Alaskan who was born and raised in Southeast Alaska and who has lived in Anchorage for the past 25 years.  She is a graduate of Georgetown University and Willamette College of Law.  She was first elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1998, and has served as chairman of the House Labor and Commerce Committee, and the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committees, and was slated to rise to House Majority Leader in the upcoming 23rd Alaska State Legislature.

“This is an awesome responsibility for me, and I know it was a very difficult decision to make because there were some truly fine people considered for selection,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski said of her father’s selection.  “I am deeply honored by the faith and trust that has been placed in me to carry forward Alaska’s agenda in Washington, D.C.  And I will do so with the same energy, openness and enthusiasm that I maintained throughout my years in the Legislature.  We need ANWR opened now.  We need a natural gas pipeline from Alaska to the Lower 48.  And economic development does not happen without funding for transportation projects.

Sen. Murkowski said she was looking forward to working with U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and U.S. Rep. Don Young in addressing the opportunities and challenges facing Alaska in the Congress and confirmed her plans to run for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2004.

“Today we need leaders who are committed to Alaska’s promise and Alaska’s future,” she said.  “I intend to be part of that new generation of Alaskan leadership who understand what makes our state special and are committed to serving our state in the best way possible.”

Under Alaska law, Gov. Murkowski will appoint a district resident to fill the vacancy created in the Alaska Legislature by Lisa Murkowski’s appointment to the U.S. Senate.  By tradition, residents of the district suggest three nominees from the district.

 ADN, By Mike Doogan
Daily News Columnist (NGP Photo, 12-20-02, right)

(Published: December 22, 2002)

In the end, Gov. Frank Murkowski picked the only person he was capable of picking to replace him in the U.S. Senate, his daughter.

The new governor is a man who values his own experience above all else, and he has more experience with Lisa than any of the other 25 names on his list of possible replacements.

People will call this nepotism, and it is. Dictionary definition nepotism: "favoritism shown to relatives, esp. appointment to desirable positions."

But it is also another example of Murkowski staying completely within the ambit of his own experience.

There are times this has served Alaskans badly. There will no doubt be more such times. But this is not one of them.

Just how do you pick somebody for the United States Senate?

When Wally Hickel had to do that in December 1968, after the death of U.S. Sen. Bob Bartlett, he reached out for a 45-year-old Anchorage Republican lawyer who had served two terms in the state House of Representatives. Thirty-four years later, the man Hickel picked, Ted Stevens, is still in the U.S. Senate, a master of its politics, the most enduring and effective senator Alaska has ever had.

Friday, to fill the seat he left to become governor, Murkowski appointed a 45-year-old Anchorage Republican lawyer who had served two terms in the state House of Representatives. There's nothing that says his appointee will enjoy Stevens' success and longevity. But there's nothing that says she won't.

Yeah, you say. But she's his daughter.

The list that Lisa Murkowski's name came from was as good a list as Alaska Republicans could produce. There were no significant names left off.

In announcing Lisa's appointment, Frank ticked off the criteria he used: "It should be someone who shares my basic philosophy ... and someone I trust ... someone I and Senator Stevens and (Rep. Don) Young can work with ... someone with the energy and willingness to meet a grueling schedule ... someone with the demonstrated ability to get things done in Alaska ... a person who can establish their own identity in the Senate ... someone who comes from the next generation of Alaskans (and will be able to) build up seniority ... someone with legislative experience ... someone who can represent all Alaskans."

Applying those criteria to that list, he could have picked Johne Binkley or Steve Frank or Mark Hanley or Drue Pearce or Jerry Mackie or Ben Stevens. Or he could have picked Lisa Murkowski. She earned the right to be on the list and she meets the criteria, too.

Yeah, you say. But she's his daughter.

OK. OK. She's his daughter. He put his thumb on the scale. Get over it. This was a close call. Who should he have favored in a close call? Somebody else's son or daughter?

Besides, this isn't about Frank Murkowski anymore. The minute the words were out of his mouth, Lisa Murkowski became the story. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. She's got two years to show us if she's up to the job. If she's not, there will be a long line of people trying to replace her.

Can she do the job? Yes. She showed in the state House that she has what it takes to succeed. She's smart and thoughtful and patient and all that other good stuff. It's a big, big step up to the U.S. Senate, but she has the skills to make the step.

Will she do the job? We'll see. But we have no more reason to be skeptical than when Ted Stevens went to the Senate. Or Frank Murkowski, who had never held elective office before he went to Washington in 1980.



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