Alaskans want their state government to be more efficient and cost effective, and I have made a commitment to them to control spending, stabilize revenues for the short term, and increase revenues over the long termAlaska budget has spending cuts, tax hikes Mar 06, 2003
In case there is any doubt, I am not proposing a personal income tax or taking people's Permanent Fund dividends to pay for increasing the size of governmentAlaska budget has spending cuts, tax hikes Mar 06, 2003
On many occasions, the habitat division has been the sole agency opposing and delaying legitimate -- and I want to emphasize legitimate -- projects important to the stateMurkowski seeks to open Alaska's resources Jan 24, 2003
What is our plan for increasing revenue? Well, ladies and gentlemen, in a single word: oilMurkowski seeks to open Alaska's resources Jan 24, 2003
Alaska's fishing families are under assault from farmed salmon, depressed prices and continuing environmentalist attacksMurkowski boosts Alaska in gov race Aug 28, 2002
Francis Hughes Murkowski (born March 28, 1933) is an American politician and a member of the Republican Party. He was a United States Senator from Alaska from 1981 until 2002 and Governor of Alaska from 2002 until 2006.
Murkowski was born in Seattle, Washington to Frank Michael Murkowski and Helen Hughes. His father was of Polish descent. He was raised in Ketchikan, Alaska and initially attended Santa Clara University but graduated from Seattle University, both Catholic universities run by the Society of Jesus. Prior to his election to the Senate in 1980, he worked in the banking industry in Anchorage and Wrangell. In 1970, he was the Republican nominee for the at-large U.S. House seat, but lost to Nick Begich, 55%-45%. He married Nancy Gore and they have six children.
During his time in the Senate, he was most notable as Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee from 1995 to 2001. As chair, he argued and attempted unsuccessfully to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.