My name is Lisa Murkowski. I am a 3rd generation Alaskan. My mom was born in Nome and both of my parents grew up in Ketchikan. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve Alaskans in the U.S. Senate since 2003. I am the first U.S. Senator to be born in Alaska and only the 32nd woman to have served in the Senate since its founding in 1787.
I was born in Ketchikan when my Dad was serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. My five siblings and I were raised in Wrangell, Juneau, Anchorage and Fairbanks. I graduated from Monroe High School in Fairbanks and then went on to get an economics degree at Georgetown University. My summer jobs ranged from scooping ice cream to working at a pipeline construction camp.
I received my law degree from Willamette College of Law in 1985 and returned to Anchorage to practice commercial law. It was there that I met and married my husband, Verne Martell. Verne has owned and operated his own small business, manufacturing pasta, since 1987. We have two sons, Nic and Matt, both born in Anchorage, who were raised to love the outdoors and are serious skiers, fishermen and hunters. Nic is currently attending law school and Matt is working with Verne to take over the family business in Anchorage.
I have long been an active member of my community serving as PTA president of my sons’ elementary school, as a member of the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, the Homeless Task Force and the boards of several charitable organizations. In 1998, I was elected to the State House of Representatives where I served for three terms before joining the U.S. Senate in 2003. In 2010, I was reelected in a historic write-in campaign – only the second successful write-in campaign for United States Senate in history.
My love for Alaska, the Alaska outdoors, and our way of life is as big as the state itself. I am a winter enthusiast, an avid skier, and I believe the Iditarod is the greatest sporting event in the world. I am a skilled sport fisherman and have the fish in the freezer to prove it. My favorite activities are hiking, fishing, hunting and boating in this amazing place we call home. Alaska is my home and my inspiration. Always.