Murkowski opened the Senate. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
When the Senate reconvened Tuesday after a major winter snow storm, Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski noticed something a bit unusual.
“You look around the chamber and the presiding officer is female, all of our parlamentarians are female, our floor managers are female, all of our pages our female,” Murkowski said, opening the Senate session as Maine Republican Susan Collins sat in the presiding officer’s chair.
“Now, this was not orchestrated in any way, shape, or form. We came in this morning, looked around and thought, something is different this morning. Different in a good way, I might add,” Murkowski continued. “But something is genuinely different, and I think it’s genuinely fabulous. So perhaps it just speaks to the heartiness of women, that you put on your boots and put your hat on and get out, slog through the mess that is out there.”