Murkowski Announces Staff Changes in Washington, D.C. and Anchorage

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced several changes within her Washington, D.C. and Anchorage offices, including the retirement of long-time Office Manager Debbie Kapanoske.

“Debbie Kapanoske has dedicated her life to public service, and I have been extremely fortunate to have her as a member of my team for so many years. When I joined the Senate, Debbie was one of my very first staff members. She has been a valuable member of my team from her first day to her last,” said Senator Murkowski. “With her experience, her leadership, and her calm demeanor she has handled every situation with ease and grace. In a lot of ways she’s been a Mom in our office, helping to mentor our younger staff as they begin their own careers. I thank her for all that she has contributed on our behalf. While we will certainly miss her, I wish Debbie and her family the very best on her well-earned retirement.”

Debbie Kapanoske is retiring from the U.S. Senate after 38 years of service. She worked as Office Manager in Senator Lisa Murkowski’s office for 14 years. She previously worked in Senator Frank Murkowski’s office, from 1993 to 2002, serving as the Correspondence Director and Office Manager. Debbie got her start on Capitol Hill working at the Library of Congress as an Editorial Assistant in 1973 where she worked until making the move to work as a Data Processor in the U.S. Senate and then later worked as a Correspondence Director in Senator Bob Kasten’s office from 1981 to 1993. 

Murkowski also announced today that Angelina Burney will be transitioning from State Scheduler in the Senator’s Anchorage office to the role of Office Manager in the Washington, D.C. office. Murkowski also welcomes the new hire of Kennis Brady, who is taking over as State Scheduler in Anchorage. 

“Angelina has a proven track record of dedication and hard-work she puts into everything she does. She has been an invaluable team member in Alaska and I believe that her passion and drive will carry over well into my Washington, DC office. I’m excited to see her rise to the challenge in this new role,” said Murkowski. “And I welcome Kennis Brady as a new addition to my team. Her extensive range of knowledge pertaining to community partnerships and highly communicative work style will be instrumental in her new role, and I have no doubt she will be a valuable asset to my office.” 

Angelina Burney began working for Senator Murkowski in January 2013 as the State Scheduler and Administration Manager. Previously she had public service jobs in the State of Alaska in the Governor’s Office, Department of Commerce, and Alaska State Legislature. She has lived in Alaska for 21 years in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau. Ms. Burney was recognized as a “Top 40 Under 40” in 2002 and is the co-founder of the Hispanic Affairs Council of Alaska.

Kennis Brady, a life-long Alaskan, has a Masters in Public Administration from UAA with an emphasis in Healthcare. She is active in many community organizations throughout Anchorage, including: the Chamber of Commerce, Healthy Alaskans, United Way Emerging Leaders, Institute of the North and Our Alaska, to name a few. Kennis concurrently serves as the Council Director for Girls on the Run Southcentral, and on the Board of Team Alaska for the Arctic Winter Games.