Last updated on: 9/4/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Lisa Murkowski, JD Biography

Title:
US Senator (R-AK)
Position:
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“Sen. Murkowski voted against the Senate version when it came before the chamber late last year and opposed the companion reconciliation measure as well.

When the health care debate began more than a year ago, all sides agreed that the primary goal of reform was to bring down the out-of-control cost of medical expenses. But instead of containing costs, we’ve instead created a massive government expansion of the health care system with a price tag of $2.6 trillion…

As we move forward, Sen. Murkowski will be joining her colleagues in looking for ways to repeal the most egregious parts of the law – the tax hikes, Medicare cuts and increased premiums – and replace them with proposals that will reign in the escalating costs of health care, such as junk lawsuit reforms and allowing insurers to sell across state lines.As we move forward, Sen. Murkowski will be joining her colleagues in looking for ways to repeal the most egregious parts of the law – the tax hikes, Medicare cuts and increased premiums – and replace them with proposals that will reign in the escalating costs of health care, such as junk lawsuit reforms and allowing insurers to sell across state lines.”

“Health Care,” murkowski.senate.gov (accessed June 10, 2010)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Senator (R-AK), 2002-present
  • Ranking Member, US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
  • Member, US Senate Appropriations Committee
  • Member, US Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee
  • Member, US Senate Indian Affairs Committee
  • Majority Leader, Alaska House of Representatives, 2003-2004
  • Member, Alaska House of Representatives, 1999-2002
  • Member, Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, 1997-1998
  • Attorney, commercial law firm, 1989-1996
  • Member, Anchorage Mayor’s Task Force on the Homeless, 1990-1991
  • Anchorage District Court attorney, 1987-1989
Education:
  • JD, Willamette University, 1985
  • BA, Economics, Georgetown University, 1980
Other:
  • She was re-elected in 2010 in a historic write-in campaign, the first successful write-in effort to the Senate since 1954
  • Born in Ketchikan, AL, on May 22, 1957
Quoted in:
  1. Will I pay less for health insurance and medical care?