Willamette Grad Named to U.S. Senate

Willamette University has been given an early Christmas present. Lisa Murkowski, a 1985 Willamette College of Law graduate, was appointed to the U.S. Senate Dec. 20. She was appointed to the Senate by her father, Sen. Frank Murkowski of Alaska, who left the Senate after 22 years to be sworn in as governor earlier this month.

Lisa Murkowski, 45, was a Republican state representative who was re-elected last month to a third term. The elder Murkowski said it was time for the next generation of Alaskans to start building seniority in Congress.

Lisa is the third Willamette graduate to serve in the U.S. Senate. She now joins Sens. Mark Hatfield and Bob Packwood.