Masek says she wants to be majority leader

Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Beverly Masek, R-Willow, wants to replace Lisa Murkowski as the next state House majority leader.

Masek, a five-term incumbent who had one of the worst attendance records in the House last session, issued a press statement Tuesday saying she is seeking the leadership post.

Lisa Murkowski was selected majority leader by fellow House Republicans after the Nov. 5 election. She resigned from the House after her father, Gov. Frank Murkowski, appointed her to his vacated U.S. Senate seat.

Reps. John Coghill, R-North Pole, Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, and Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, are vying to replace Murkowski as majority leader.

House Republicans are expected to select a new majority leader during a caucus Sunday.

Masek could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

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