Lisa Murkowski was appointed Dec. 20, 2002 to fill out the remaining U.S. Senate term of her father after he was elected governor. He was allowed to pick his successor after the GOP-controlled legislature passed a law blocking the former Democratic governor from filling the vacancy. That would have allowed Gov. Tony Knowles, now a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, to make the appointment.
The 2002 campaign will be her first statewide election.
Murkowski began her political career in the Alaska Legislature, where she was elected to three terms in the state House from 1998-2002. She was elected House Majority Leader by the GOP caucus but stepped down before serving.