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Lisa Murkowski

[Congressional biography]

Born: May 22, 1957 in Ketchikan, AK

Education:

  • Attended Willamette University, 1975-1977
  • Georgetown University, B.A. (economics), 1980
  • Willamette College, J.D., 1985

Career:

  • State of Alaska district court attorney, 1986-1989
  • Practicing attorney, 1989-1998
  • Mayor's Task Force on the Homeless, 1990-1991
  • Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, 1997-1998

Elected Office:

  • AK House, 1998-2002
  • Appointed to the U.S. Senate on December 20, 2002 to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Frank Murkowski



Election Results for Lisa Murkowski


Click on the Year to see the results of that election.

YearAgeStatePartyOfficeDistrictStagePosVotes%
2004 47 AK R U.S. Senate Class 3 Primary 1 45,710 58.1%
2004 47 AK R U.S. Senate Class 3 General 1 149,773 48.6%
2010 53 AK R U.S. Senate Class 3 Primary 2 53,872 49.1%
2010 53 AK R (write-in) U.S. Senate Class 3 General 1 101,091 39.6%
2016 59 AK R U.S. Senate Class 3 Primary 1 39,545 71.5%
2016 59 AK R U.S. Senate Class 3 General 1 138,149 44.4%
2022 65 AK R U.S. Senate Class 3 Open Primary 1 85,794 45.0%
2022 65 AK R U.S. Senate Class 3 General 1 136,330 53.7%
2022 65 AK R U.S. Senate Class 3 General, Before RCV 1 113,495 43.4%


Age: Age as of July 1 of the year pertaining to this election.




Ideology Data for Lisa Murkowski


Click on the number in the 'Conserv.' column to see all of the key votes for that year.

YearAgeBodyConservative
Coalition
Party UnityPresidential
Support
Vote %LiberalConserv.
P
2003 46 Senate 92 6 R 82 6 95 20 70
2004 47 Senate 86 8 R 83 7 94 37 74
2005 48 Senate 92 7 R 76 13 96 20 83
2006 49 Senate 82 18 R 81 10 97 5 71
2007 50 Senate 71 28 R 76 22 98 32 67
2008 51 Senate 71 28 R 67 31 97 26 58
2009 52 Senate 69 29 D 67 33 98 37 68
2010 53 Senate 75 16 D 52 33 90 22 73
2011 54 Senate 69 28 D 60 33 94 40 50
2012 55 Senate 49 48 D 64 29 96 40 36
2013 56 Senate 47 49 D 66 27 93 32 38
2014 57 Senate 41 50 D 69 25 92 35 41
2015 58 Senate 76 22 D 61 30 96 25 48
2016 59 Senate 73 27 D 42 48 95 15 56
2017 60 Senate 93 6 R 93 4 98 15 52
2018 61 Senate 82 15 R 87 4 96 25 36
2019 62 Senate 84 10 R 87 6 92 15 43
2020 63 Senate 85 10 R 90 5 95 11 52
2021 64 Senate 46 49 D 77 20 96 25 47
2022 65 Senate 34 55 D 63 25 90 43
2023 66 Senate 37 56 D 95 55
Lifetime conservative rating:   55%


Age: Age as of July 1 of the year pertaining to this row.



Conservative Coalition: According to the publication "Congressional Quarterly" (CQ), this is an alliance of Republicans and Southern Democrats (from back when Southern Democrats tended to be conservative or at least moderate) against Northern Democrats in Congress.

This concept had significant meaning perhaps through the 1980's. These statistics stopped being computed after 2000 because conservative Democrats no longer existed except in very rare cases. The number under the green check is the percentage of time this Representative or Senator voted with the coalition; the number under the red X is the percentage of the time he opposed the coalition. The numbers often do not add to 100% because of instances where no vote was cast.



Party Unity: According to CQ, a Party Unity vote in Congress is one in which the parties were split, with a majority of Democrats opposing a majority of Republicans.

The number under the green check is the percentage of time this Representative or Senator voted with his party; the number under the red X is the percentage of the time he opposed the party. The numbers often do not add to 100% because of instances where no vote was cast.



Presidential Support: These are votes for which the President has stated his position, either in via a message to Congress, by press conference remarks or other public statements and documents.

The number under the green check is the percentage of time this Representative or Senator voted with the President; the number under the red X is the percentage of the time he opposed the President. The numbers often do not add to 100% because of instances where no vote was cast. The "P" column indicates the party of the President in each year.



Vote %: The percentage of roll-call votes in which this Representaive or Senator participated by voting "Yes" or "No" (as opposed to "Present" or not voting at all.)



Liberal Rating: These ratings are based on key votes as identifed by the ultra-liberal advocacy organization called "Americans for Democratic Action" (ADA). They have been rating members of Congress since 1947. The number shown is the percentage of the time this Representative or Senator took the liberal position on a key issue. The methodology behind the calculation can be found here. Ratings followed by an asterisk were calculated the "ADA way" due to missing data regarding key votes in the ADA source material.



Conservative Rating: These ratings are based on key votes as identifed by the conservative advocacy organization called the "American Conservative Union" (ACU). They have been rating members of Congress since 1971. The number shown is the percentage of the time this Representative or Senator took the conservative position on a key issue.

The liberal and conservative ratings are not expected to add to 100% because the two groups use different sets of key votes to determine their ratings. Conservative ratings from 1961 through 1970 (and for 2024) were calculated based on key votes as selected by the creators of this website.