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Joe Lieberman

Joe Lieberman
Joseph I. Lieberman's political career began as a popular Connecticut Democrat, but ultimately left him an independent U.S. Senator. Only a few years after a campaign as the Democratic party's nominee for vice president, Lieberman lost a contentious re-election primary for his Senate seat and opted to run as an independent. His split from his party was fueled by his strong support for the war in Iraq. Lieberman is chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which is responsible for oversight of the Department of Homeland Security. He was a vocal advocate of legislation creating the department. Born in Stamford, on Feb. 24, 1942, Lieberman earned his law degree from... Show more »
Joseph I. Lieberman's political career began as a popular Connecticut Democrat, but ultimately left him an independent U.S. Senator. Only a few years after a campaign as the Democratic party's nominee for vice president, Lieberman lost a contentious re-election primary for his Senate seat and opted to run as an independent. His split from his party was fueled by his strong support for the war in Iraq. Lieberman is chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which is responsible for oversight of the Department of Homeland Security. He was a vocal advocate of legislation creating the department. Born in Stamford, on Feb. 24, 1942, Lieberman earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 1967. He was elected to the state Senate in 1970 and served there for ten years, the last six as majority leader. He was elected as state attorney general in 1982. He won his first term to the U.S. Senate in 1988, defeating Lowell Weicker by a huge margin. Lieberman's popularity soared in 2000 when he became Al Gore's running mate and the first Jewish American to seek the vice presidency. Fueled by concerns about the ongoing Iraq war, his 2006 campaign drew national attention when businessman Ned Lamont defeated him in the primary, but lost to him in the general election. Lieberman lives in Stamford and Washington with his wife Hadassah. They have four children. (Photo AP) « Show less

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  • The Political Transformation Of Joe Lieberman

    Talking to reporters in his driveway on a hot day in August 2000, Connecticut U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman beamed — he had just been chosen as the Democratic vice presidential candidate to Al Gore. "Miracles happen," the proud son of a Stamford liquor...
  • DeStefano: 'You Leave When They Want You To Stay'

    DeStefano: 'You Leave When They Want You To Stay'
    Mayor John DeStefano, an outspoken political survivor and the longest-serving leader in the city's history, smiled Tuesday as he reflected on his 10 terms leading the Elm City and seemed at peace with his decision against trying to make it to 11. "You...
  • Lieberman To Be Unpaid Advisor For Sandy Hook Fund

     Lieberman To Be Unpaid Advisor For Sandy Hook Fund
    — Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman will be an advisor to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, which has more than $8 million. People have sent checks to the United Way of Western Connecticut and Newtown Savings Bank in the name of the Sandy Hook...
  • 1/18/2013-Don't Chuck Chuck

    1/18/2013-Don't Chuck Chuck
    Never is political hypocrisy more on display than in the nomination process. The fact is, if a Republican President (say, a newly elected Mitt Romney) had chosen Chuck Hagel, the GOP-ers would sail him right through. It's also true when the shoe is on the...
  • Sandy Hook Foundation Will Distribute Donations

     Sandy Hook Foundation Will Distribute Donations
    The $8.5 million collected in the Sandy Hook School Support Fund will be distributed by a foundation that will actively seek public input before distributing the donated money, officials announced a press conference Friday morning. The foundation was...
  • Jackson Says Sandy Hook Panel Faces Difficult Job

    Jackson Says Sandy Hook Panel Faces Difficult Job
    Special to the Courant Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson sat in his office staring at his iPad on Dec. 14 2012, watching coverage of a school shooting 30 miles away. Like countless others, he was engrossed in the story, following the chilling details for...
  • Larson, Blumenthal, Among Others, Renew Call For Federal Ban On Assault Weapons

    Searching for a way to prevent future shootings like the one in Newtown, some of Connecticut's congressional representives on Sunday called for a national discussion that could lead to a resumed federal ban on assault weapons and other gun control...
  • We Must Change, President Tells Nation

     We Must Change, President Tells Nation
    A somber President Obama told a shattered community that the nation has let its children down. "We're not doing enough,'' Obama said during an interfaith service at Newtown High School on Sunday night. "And we will have to change. Since I've been...
  • Editorial: Ban Assault Weapons, Then We'll Talk

    Editorial: Ban Assault Weapons, Then We'll Talk
    Let's not squander the opportunity to make the country safer. We don't need another study. We need to pass some common-sense laws, starting with a ban on military-style assault weapons. After the horrid murder of 27 children and adults in Newtown on...
  • 'Mortal Kombat' creator Ed Boon back with DC superhero game

    'Mortal Kombat' creator Ed Boon back with DC superhero game
    Ed Boon was pulling punches. I could tell immediately: Why else would Aquaman be wiping the floor with Batman? Not to mention, I was playing Ed Boon in a video game, a fighting game, that Ed Boon, the king of the fighting-game genre, created. The game...
  • Mildred Otenasek, 98, professor, mentor

    Mildred Otenasek, 98, professor, mentor
    Mildred Otenasek, a pioneering force for women in Maryland Democratic politics and a much-loved professor and mentor at her alma mater, Notre Dame of Maryland University, died Nov. 19 at her home in Roland Park. She was 98. A diminutive, soft-spoken...