Murkowski Welcomes Three Staff Members from the Late Congressman Don Young’s Office

Anchorage, AK – U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today announced that three former members of the late Congressman for All Alaska Don Young’s (R-AK) staff will continue their service to our state from her Washington, DC offices. The three individuals are Kevin Swanson, Michael Songer, and Lauren Noland.

“I work hard every day to represent all Alaskans. Our state has many unique needs and challenges, so having a strong staff that really understands Alaska and the legislative process is pivotal,” Senator Murkowski said. “I’m happy to welcome Kevin, Michael, and Lauren from Congressman Young’s staff, each of whom has a specific set of skills and experience, to my team. Congressman Young’s absence is felt each and every day—in Alaska and in Washington, DC—so it brings me great pride to have them continue to serve our state. I’m also honored to uphold my commitment to the Congressman’s legacy by ensuring his team is taken care of in his tragic absence. I’m looking forward to all the good work we have ahead.”

Joining Senator Murkowski’s Washington, DC offices are:

Kevin Swanson as a Legislative Assistant in the personal office, where he will handle transportation, telecommunications, and financial services. Kevin most recently worked as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Young, handling his Transportation and Infrastructure Committee portfolio. Prior to that, Kevin served in various DC-based policy and advocacy roles focusing on transportation, energy, and tax policy. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Oberlin College.

Michael Songer as a Professional Staff Member for the Committee on Indian Affairs, where Murkowski serves as Vice Chairman. Michael has ample Capitol Hill experience, having served as Senior Legislative Assistant for Congressman Young and as a Legislative Fellow for Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). Michael also served in the U.S. Air Force as a Security Forces Member, which included deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Michael earned an MA in History from Arizona State University and is currently pursuing an Aerospace and Defense MBA from the University of Tennessee.

Lauren Noland as a Staff Assistant in the personal office. Lauren previously worked as a Legislative Correspondent for Congressman Young. Lauren is a U.S. Army veteran, military spouse, and mother of five. Lauren is from Chugiak, Alaska, and is proud to continue serving the people of her home state while living in the Washington, DC area.