Bachelor in Economics, Georgetown University, 1980. Juris Doctor, Willamette College, 1985.
District council attorney, Anchorage, 1987-1989. Commercial attorney Hoge and Lekisch, 1989-1996. Private law practice, 1989—1996.
Member Alaska House of Representatives, Anchorage, 1999—2002, majority leader, 2002. United States Senator from Alaska, since 2002. Member United States Senate Appropriations Committee, since 2009.
Vice chairman United States Senate Republican Conference, 2009—2010. Director First Bank; member Mayor's Task Force Homeless, 1990-1991. State central committee District 14 Republican chair, 1993-1998.
Commissioner Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, 1997-2002. Citizens advisory board Joint Committee Military Bases in Alaska, since 1998.
Trustee Catholic Services. President Government Hill Elementary Parent-Teachers Association. Director Alaskan Drug Free Youth.
Member Young Women’s Christian Association, Arctic Power. Member Alaska Bar Association, Anchorage Bar Association, Alaska Federation Republican Women (board directors), Anchorage Republican Womens Club, Midnight Sun Republican Women.
Daughter of Frank Hughes Murkowski & Nancy (Gore). Married Verne Martell, August 22, 1987. Children: Nicholas, Matthew.