Point of View: Alaska freshman senator champion of oil, gas work

Alaska's new freshman US senator, Republican Lisa Murkowski, has a familiar face and name within the oil and gas community; she was a leader in the state's House of Representatives and championed efforts to expand leasing to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain and to build a natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48. She is also very familiar because she is the daughter of Frank Murkowski, now Alaska's governor.The governor in December appointed his daughter to fill the remaining 2 years of his US Senate term, marking the first time in Alaska history a woman will hold statewide federal office and the first time in US history a father and daughter will each have served...

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