Murkowski to Seek Re-Election to the United States Senate
FAIRBANKS, AK – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced that she will seek re-election to the United States Senate.
Murkowski, the state’s senior senator, made her announcement at a luncheon in Fairbanks.
“I have been blessed to have been born and raised in America’s last frontier,” Murkowski said. “Every morning I wake up excited to be doing what I love, which is working for our great state in the United States Senate. And that’s why today, I’m pleased to announce that I have filed for re-election to serve as Alaska’s senior senator. It will be my honor to serve my fellow Alaskans for another six years if the people of Alaska determine that I am worthy of their support.”
Murkowski, a third generation Alaskan, was born in Ketchikan and grew up in communities across the state – Wrangell, Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage. She is Alaska’s first female senator and the first to serve in the Senate who was actually born in the state. Elected to the Alaska Legislature in 1998, and named majority leader of the state House of Representatives, Murkowski has served in the United States Senate since 2002.
“As a lifelong Alaskan, I know the challenges our state faces,” she said. “We’re no strangers to overcoming adversity, and I believe this brings out the best in us. But it takes a strong economy to provide the quality education and healthy communities we all want for our families. That’s why my focus in the Senate has been on economic development, the kind that creates good-paying, stable jobs.”
Murkowski said that, after 21 years of job growth, Alaska is also feeling the effects of the national economic downturn, with state unemployment at its highest levels in two decades.
“We can turn our economy around, but to do so we need access to our abundant natural resources. That means maximizing our oil and gas production, developing a gas pipeline project to supply Alaskans and the Outside with affordable energy, finding ways to harness our boundless supply of hydro, geothermal, ocean and wind energy and protecting our timber and fishing industries,” Murkowski said.
As the ranking Republican member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Murkowski is in a key position to help our energy-rich state. She also earned a seat on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee and has helped elevate the concerns of Alaskans to the highest levels of the federal government as a member of the Senate Republican Leadership. 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.
As a member of the Senate Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, Murkowski fights to ensure that Alaska’s active duty service members have top notch training facilities. She also works tirelessly on behalf of our veterans to ensure better access to the benefits they have earned through their service.
In addition to the Energy and Appropriations Committees, Murkowski serves on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Indian Affairs Committee.Murkowski has been married to Verne Martell for more than two decades and they have two sons, Nicolas and Matthew.
Posted: April 7, 2010