THE HILL: 50 Most Beautiful People for 2011


Age: 54
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
Political party: Republican
Relationship status: Married

Sen. Lisa Murkowski was almost a case of we-didn’t-know-what-we-had-‘til-it-was-gone. The two-term senator made history last fall when she became only the second senator to win a write-in election after losing in the GOP primary.

It was precisely during her campaign’s down-and-out days when Murkowski’s natural grace came through. She used her quick smile, easy laugh and relaxed demeanor to energize the manual labor and door-to-door politicking it took to get voters to pencil in her three-syllable last name. The Alaska native is a known health nut. She’s often spotted walking from her Capitol Hill home to the Senate at the start of a workday — a hulking backpack slung over her shoulder — or jogging up the stairs to get to a vote or conference meeting. She also has carried this philosophy into her policy work. Among other things, Murkowski has championed healthy food choices for schoolchildren.

It’s in Alaska, however, where she’s really in her element. Her online photo gallery shows her in pink fleece and hiking boots, sitting on an overturned bucket while feeding bears at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and flashing a smile underneath a ski hat, wrapped in a flowing fur coat at the 39th Annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Murkowski scooted around the Senate in a wheelchair for several months in the spring of 2009 after she tumbled 300 feet down a mountain while skiing at Alyeska Resort, tearing two ligaments in her left knee.

These days the characteristic spring in her step is back, and Washington has her, at least until 2017.

Murkowski declined to participate in an interview for this feature.

—Kris Kitto


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Syrin
    Jul 27, 2011 @ 10:37:04

    Check out these 50 exceptional individuals. On the list at #8 is Kristi Noem… I’ve highlighted Rep. Noem here on my blog. I believe she’s another example of the kind of representation that I’m looking for as a Republican woman..

    “I didn’t run because I was a woman, and I didn’t expect people to vote for me because I was a woman,” she said in the June floor speech. “I worked to earn each vote [by] talking about what was important in this country.”


  2. Alaskan Dave Down Under
    Jul 27, 2011 @ 15:04:00

    Lisa could make a REAL documentary about life in the Alaska, unlike that fake one the ole Worst Governor Ever did.


  3. climber357
    Jul 28, 2011 @ 10:13:59

    Senator Lisa Murkowski is a true practitioner of the sporting life and does not make it a major part of her ¨qualifications¨ for elected office or ¨brand.¨ Hiking, exercising, skiing, etc… are as ingrained into her lifestyle as eating, sleeping and breathing. The Senator is as comfortable on a mountain slope as sarah is disoriented.

    Senator Murkowski´s write-in victory still makes me giddy with delight.


    • Syrin
      Jul 28, 2011 @ 10:48:56

      Lol… Thank you for defining the truth about a genuine Alaskan! It’s not what you do- It’s that you just do it as a lifestyle! I love what you said, which is what should be common critia when electing a leader.. What defines this person, what is their REAL personal narrative?…I get giddy with delight also! That is exactly how I feel when I think of how Lisa’s excellent reputation preceeds her. Thats an Alaskan woman to be proud of!


  4. Sarah Palin has a serpent's heart
    Jul 29, 2011 @ 09:21:09

    I’m from the lower 48 and a liberal, but I thank God Lisa is in the Senate and not WGE or Joe Miller.


  5. Rosa
    Jul 29, 2011 @ 18:09:12

    Lisa could do her own movie called, “The Come-Back Kid” and it would be for real! I’d love to see a movie depicting her loss and coming back like she did! I was sad that Scott McAdams didn’t win because he is a 100% great guy, but I’m glad that Lisa is in there with these budget talks. No one would listen to Scott and he’d probably be in over his head.


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