Governor Frank Murkowski
Frank H. Murkowski was elected Governor for the State of Alaska on November 5, 2002, and sworn into office on December 2, as the tenth governor of the state.
Governor Murkowski has made it his top priority to build the economy of the state through responsible resource development, so young Alaskans can start careers and raise families, here at home. By expanding oil, gas, minerals, fish, timber, and tourism industries, Governor Murkowski has revitalized these sectors. His common sense approach to government has resulted in an accountable, more efficient, and responsive state government.
Quality education, public safety, and health care are also priorities of Governor Murkowski. He is commIITed to develop a quality education system in both rural and urban Alaska that is second to none.
In establishing state policies, Governor Murkowski is commIITed to bringing Alaskans together, regardless of party, to overcome obstacles and accomplish goals.
His commitment to Alaska is to build a strong foundation that will support an expanding economy to provide the highest quality of life for all Alaskans.
Born in Seattle, WA on March 28, 1933, Frank Hughes Murkowski was raised in Ketchikan, Alaska. He attended Santa Clara University and graduated from Seattle University with a major in economics. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard in Sitka and Ketchikan. After his tour of duty, Murkowski began his career in banking and was associated with the National Bank of Alaska in both Anchorage and Wrangell for ten years. He then served as commissioner of the Department of Economic Development from 1966-1969 for Governor Walter J. Hickel. In 1971, he became president of the Alaska National Bank in Fairbanks. In 1980, he was elected to the U.S. Senate where he served Alaska for 22 years.
During his tenure in the U.S. Senate, Murkowski served as chairman of the Energy committee and as Subcommittee Chairman of Pacific and East Asian Affairs on the Foreign Relations committee. In addition to serving as a member on the Finance, Indian Affairs, and Veterans' Affairs committees, Murkowski served for eight years on the Select committee on Intelligence. He was appointed as Ambassador Plenipotentiary to the United Nations in 1996 where he initiated a U.N. resolution on the ban of driftnet fisheries. During his Senate career, he crafted the Omnibus Parks-Presidio bill, among the most extensive national parks and refuge bills ever to pass Congress. He also led the successful effort to ban driftnets from the high seas, worked to stop salmon piracy, ended the ban on the export of North Slope crude oil, and won major legislation to help improve conditions in Alaska Native communities. He is a recognized expert on such topics as energy policy, fossil fuel and nuclear development, and electricity restructuring.
Governor Murkowski has been active in local and community affairs. He served as president of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce and Alaska Bankers Association and as a member of Young Presidents Organization, Elks, American Legion, and Pioneers of Alaska. He is the former chairman of the Western Governors' Association and former chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.
He and his wife Nancy have six children and fourteen grandchildren and reside in the Governor's Residence in Juneau.
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(bio and photo taken from The Governor's Website)