Willamette Announces Alumni Award Winners
Lisa Murkowski JD'85
Distinguished Alumni Citation: Public Service
Lisa Murkowski is only the 33rd female to serve the United States Senate. Her public service career began in 1998, when she was elected to the Alaska State House of Representatives. She quickly rose to become House Majority Leader before entering the U.S. Senate in 2002. Murkowski's senate tenure focuses on issues important to all Alaskans, including natural resources, health care, education, economic development, and Alaska Native rights. Yet her public service extends well beyond the Senate floor. She is highly regarded for her community activism with well beyond the Senate floor. She is highly regarded for her community activism with groups like Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, Catholic Social Services, the Mayor's Taskforce on the Homeless, and Alaskans for Drug-Free Youth. Prior to working in Taskforce on the Homeless, and Alaskans for Drug-Free Youth. Prior to working in government, Murkowski was an attorney in private practice. She holds a bachelor of arts in economics from Georgetown University, and JD from Willamette University College of Law.