Murkowski assumes Senate leadership position

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaska's senior senator is now in the fifth-highest Republican leadership position in the Senate.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski has been selected to serve as vice chair of the Senate Republican Conference. Murkowski says she will be the only western senator on the leadership team.
She says this will allow her to bring more issues to the table that are important to Alaska and rural America.
The other top Republican leaders are Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Sens. Jon Kyl of Arizona, conference Chair Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, and policy Chair John Thune of South Dakota.