Murkowski makes magazine's list of powerful Washington women

WASHINGTON — Elle magazine feted Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski as one of Washington's most powerful women at a dinner this week, adding the Republican lawmaker to its annual list.

Murkowski also joined a photo shoot for Elle's "Women in Washington Power List." She was joined by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.; Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.; journalists Katy Tur and Judy Woodruff; Natural Resources Defense Council President Rhea Suh; and Meighan Stone, who heads the Malala Fund.

The profile noted Murkowski's ever-present jewelry — a gold bangle that says "Lisa Murkowski," a replica of the rubber bracelet passed out to voters during her historic 2010 write-in campaign. (Murkowski also tends to wear Alaska-made or snow-themed jewelry around the Capitol.)

The magazine also highlighted some of Murkowski's more left-leaning tendencies: A focus on Alaska's diversity, her proposed legislation to prevent deportation of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, and her support for balancing the concerns of climate change with oil drilling, and her vote against the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as education secretary.

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Erica Martinson

Erica Martinson is a former reporter for the Anchorage Daily News based in Washington, D.C.