Treasury secretary: Debt limit rise will promote economic growth

Treasury secretary: Debt limit rise will promote economic growth

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Wednesday's Senate vote to raise the federal debt limit will promote growth and help "provide certainty and stability."
Republicans block Senate action on extending jobless benefits

Republicans block Senate action on extending jobless benefits

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The White House slammed Senate Republicans Thursday after they blocked a third attempt to extend unemployment benefits.
Unemployment insurance blocked by Senate GOP

Unemployment insurance blocked by Senate GOP

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A long-term unemployment benefit extension failed in the Senate again Thursday when Democrats came up one vote shy of breaking a GOP-led filibuster.
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Murkowski gets answers she wants on arctic energy

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she has been reassured the Interior Department will provide clear regulations for arctic oil and gas exploration.
Debate stirs over benefits of U.S. oil exports

Debate stirs over benefits of U.S. oil exports

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The American Petroleum Institute said exporting U.S. crude oil could mean lower energy costs for consumers, an issue countered by others in the energy sector.

Jobless-aid impasse develops ahead of showdown vote

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A U.S. jobless-aid impasse pits the Democrats' plan to pay the $18 billion tab 10 years down the road against a Republican counter bid yet to be formulated.

U.S. refiner backs oil export restrictions

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. refining company Valero said keeping crude oil produced in the United States in the domestic market shields the economy from overseas shocks.
Obama: Budget deal 'good first step' but Congress must do more

Obama: Budget deal 'good first step' but Congress must do more

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Senate passage of a budget will help avoid "crisis-driven decision-making" but urged Congress to extend unemployment insurance.

Obama on filibuster end: 'Unprecedented pattern of obstruction'

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- President Obama praised majority Democrats who killed the U.S. Senate's filibuster rule Thursday, citing "an unprecedented pattern of obstruction."

Reid backs Gillibrand on military sex-assault bill

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he backed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's bill to strip U.S. military commanders' power to pick which sex-assault cases to try.

Senate to debate gay-rights job bill

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner says he opposes a Senate bill to be debated Tuesday outlawing workplace bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
U.S. Senate advances ENDA on procedural vote

U.S. Senate advances ENDA on procedural vote

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate in a procedural vote Monday advanced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to protect gay, lesbian and transgender Americans in the workplace.
Sec. Jewell heads to Alaska

Sec. Jewell heads to Alaska

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Alaska is rich in natural resources that can be exploited using "thoughtful and wise management," U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said.
U.S. LNG exports sparks debate

U.S. LNG exports sparks debate

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- A decision to allow more exports of liquefied natural gas from U.S. ports sparked concern from an environmental group, though a lawmaker celebrated the move.

B. Todd Jones wins Senate approval as next ATF chief

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate avoided a filibuster Wednesday and voted to confirm B. Todd Jones to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
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Lisa Murkowski
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is questioned by reporters about fellow Alaskan senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 31, 2007. Last night federal agents raided Stevens' home in relation to a public corruption probe. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

Lisa Ann Murkowski (born May 22, 1957) is the senior U.S. Senator from the State of Alaska and a member of the Republican Party. She was appointed to the Senate in 2002 by her father, Governor Frank Murkowski. After losing a Republican primary in 2010, she became the second person ever to win a U.S. Senate election through write-in votes.

Born in Ketchikan, Alaska, she is the daughter of former U.S. Senator and Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski. She graduated from Georgetown University and received her law degree from Willamette University College of Law. After working as an attorney in the 1980s and 1990s, she was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1998. Shortly after being elected House Majority Leader in 2002, she was appointed to the United States Senate by her father.

Murkowski was re-elected to a full term in 2004. Her 2010 re-election grew turbulent when former magistrate judge Joe Miller defeated her in the Republican primary. Murkowski mounted a write-in campaign, winning the general election. The long-shot campaign made national headlines: the only other Senate candidate to win a write-in vote was Strom Thurmond in 1954. Murkowski, generally considered a moderate conservative, is the only current Republican Senator from any West Coast state.

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