Murkowski led the fight for the Keystone XL pipeline on the Senate floor — one area where the Alaska and Hawaii delegations parted ways. She’s trying to bring the delegations together. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
The relatively new members of the Alaska and Hawaii Senate delegations are working to build up their relationships as they seek to continue a decades-long alliance forged by the late Sens. Daniel K. Inouye and Ted Stevens.
“We don’t have that strength yet,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said. “But you’ve got to put it into context. … The Hawaii delegation is a very young delegation; actually the Alaska delegation is also a very new delegation, so we need to form those same bonds.”
At age 57, Murkowski is the dean of the two Senate delegations, having served in the chamber since 2002 — time that overlapped with Inouye, Stevens and Sen. Daniel K. Akaka of Hawaii, who all had enormous effect on their states and the chamber. Full story