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WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has joined the Senate Republican leadership team.
She was named one of three "counsels" to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. The counsels offer guidance and advice to the GOP leadership. The other counsels are Senators Judd Gregg of New Hampshire and Robert Bennett of Utah.
The leadership appointment is the latest in a string of advancements for Murkowski, now Alaska's senior senator. Earlier this week she was formally named top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and last week she was given a plum spot on the Appropriations Committee. Both posts should help her direct federal spending and projects to Alaska.