Murkowski Welcomes Steve Wackowski Back to Team as State Director

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today announced Steve Wackowski will serve as her new State Director in Anchorage, Alaska.

“I’m excited to welcome Steve back to my team. His work experience—not only in Alaska but also around Congress at large—expertise in the resource development industry, and his passion for our state make him a great fit for this position. Steve is a guy that just gets how Alaska works,” said Senator Murkowski. “Throughout the many years I’ve known Steve, he has proven to be a leader of integrity and character, and extremely hard-working. I’m confident he will continue to serve Alaska well in his new position.”

Steve replaces Leila Kimbrell, who served as Senator Murkowski’s State Director since 2017, and will now be Executive Director at the Resource Development Council.

Steve is a lifelong Alaskan who grew up in Anchorage and spent summers in Ninilchik working at his family’s campground and fishing business. After graduating college, he received a commission in the Air Force Reserve and served on the staff of Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) in Washington, DC. Steve left DC to move home to Alaska with his wife, Lindsay, to start their family. He has broad career experience spanning the private sector, military, and federal service, including Senator Murkowski's 2010 and 2016 campaigns.

A combat veteran, Steve served in contingency operations throughout the world including in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Haiti. He also conducted award-winning research in graduate school on unmanned aerial systems in the Arctic while serving on Active Duty in 2011. More recently, he served at the Department of the Interior as the Senior Advisor for Alaskan Affairs and as the Chief of Staff for Alaska Aerospace Corporation. Steve is a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force Reserve currently serving on an Active Duty tour at the 611th Air Operations Center at JBER. He will assume full-time duties in Senator Murkowski’s office starting in late February.

Steve enjoys finding new camping, hunting, and fishing spots throughout Alaska with his wife, three boys, and Fox Red Labrador, Cali.