Lisa Murkowski
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"Lisa Ann Murkowski" is the Seniority in the United States Senate/senior United States Senate/United States Senator from the State of Alaska and a member of the U.S. Republican Party/Republican Party. She served in the Senate since 2002 and became the senior Senator following Ted Stevens, who served for over forty years, and left office in January 2009 after losing a re-election bid.

She is the daughter of former United States Senator and Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski. Elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1998, she was eventually elected House Majority Leader.

Appointed to the United States Senate by her father, Frank Murkowski, she took the seat he vacated for the governorship and was sworn in on December 20, 2002. She served the remainder of her father's unexpired term, then ran for and United States Senate election in Alaska, 2004/won a full term in 2004.

During her 2010 United States Senate election in Alaska, 2010/campaign for a second term, she lost the Republican Party nomination to Tea Party candidate Joe Miller (Alaska politician)/Joe Miller. She then ran as a write-in candidate and defeated both Miller and Democrat Scott McAdams in the general election, making her the first senator to be elected by write-in vote since Strom Thurmond in 1954.

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