First time the group has endorsed a challenger to a female GOP incumbent
Alaska Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka has been endorsed by Maggie’s List, an organization dedicated to helping elect more conservative women to federal office. This marks the first time the group has endorsed a challenger to a female Republican incumbent, as Maggie’s List is backing Tshibaka over Sen. Lisa Murkowski. “Conservative candidates have an important mission in the 2022 elections – to regain control of both houses of Congress and we at Maggie’s List believe that our endorsed candidates present the best opportunity to win their respective elections in November,” said Jennifer Carroll, a former Florida lieutenant governor and Maggie's List national spokesperson. “I am grateful for the endorsement of Maggie’s List because it shows that a new generation of strong, conservative women are taking leading roles in rescuing people from the excesses of a runaway and overreaching federal government,” Tshibaka said. “My parents fought their way out of homelessness, into the working class, and to send their little girl to college. As a U.S. senator, I will fight so all Alaskans can have the same opportunities that my parents and I had—to work good paying jobs, put a roof over their heads, and pursue the American Dream once again.” Born and raised in Alaska, Tshibaka has spent her career exposing fraud and abuse in government and served as Commissioner of Administration for Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy until she stepped down to run for the Senate. Tshibaka’s father was a union electrician and Vietnam War veteran, and her mother was one of the first workers at the startup of Prudhoe Bay, one of Alaska's large oil fields. Her parents were homeless for a time in the 1970s, but fought their way into the working class. Tshibaka graduated from Steller Secondary School in Anchorage and was the first in her family to pursue a college degree, beginning her studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage before graduating from Texas A&M and law school. She lives in Anchorage with her husband, Niki, and their five children.