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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 Worst Ideas Ever: Book By Hartford Residents A 'Celebration of Embarrassment'

    The Worst Ideas Ever: Book By Hartford Residents A 'Celebration of Embarrassment'
    Michael Jordan giving up basketball to play baseball. "The Brady Bunch" adding a cute little kid, cousin Oliver, to boost sagging ratings. Celebrities who name their babies "Banjo," "Apple," "Facebook," "Moxie Crimefighter" or "Bronx Mowgli." The Yugo....
  • Connecticut's Leaders in Congress have Evolved Their Views on Gay Marriage

    When the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed in 1996, all but one member of Connecticut's congressional delegation voted for the legislation that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman. Times have changed. Connecticut has legalized...
  • U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman

    U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman
    The Courant asked several key political figures how Sept. 11 unfolded for them. Below is an edited transcript of a recollection by U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, as told to Staff Writer Daniela Altimari: As it happens, I had three different breakfast events...
  • Sen. Lieberman Adds a Visit to Hartford to His Weekend Schedule

    From Sen. Joseph Lieberman's office comes word that he will come to Connecticut on official business this weekend after all. Lieberman, who has not been in the state in the aftermath of the storm, will travel to Hartford on Sunday. He'll attend an 8 a.m....
  • Super committee fails to agree on deficit-reduction plan

    Super committee fails to agree on deficit-reduction plan
    Unable to break the partisan stalemate over taxes and Medicare, the congressional "super committee" came to a quiet close as the co-chairs issued a statement saying no deal could be reached by the panel's deadline. "We have come to the conclusion today...
  • Climate Week: Vote Your Heat

    Climate Week: Vote Your Heat
    To catch up with climate week, check out these previous posts on the heat of 2012, the commitment to warming, and tax-and-dividend policy. I’m ending this week-long series of posts on climate change with two pleas, the first of which is to Justin...
  • Linda McMahon Trounces Shays In GOP U.S. Senate Primary

    Linda McMahon Trounces Shays In GOP U.S. Senate Primary
    Linda McMahon, the former CEO of wrestling juggernaut WWE, once again won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, crushing former Congressman Christopher Shays by a 3-to-1 ratio. In her victory speech, McMahon laid out the themes she...
  • McMahon-Murphy Senate Fight Begins

    McMahon-Murphy Senate Fight Begins
    The resounding primary victories by Linda McMahon and Chris Murphy on Tuesday will launch a fresh onslaught of political ads, arguments about the economy and a never-ending loop of attacks and rebuttals in what will be one of the nation's most closely...
  • Linda McMahon Pins Connecticut Senate Nomination

    Linda McMahon Pins Connecticut Senate Nomination
    Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon has won the Connecticut Senate nomination.  On Tuesday, McMahon defeated former U.S. Representative Christopher Shays in the Republican GOP Primary.  This is the second time McMahon has been chosen over a veteran...
  • Beyond The Lockstep Of Left, Right, Left

    Ann Coulter, the willowy Cohen look-alike and conservative provocateur, insists that she is more of a man than any liberal.     You know she's just having a little fun. Many talk radio/public affairs TV/newspaper columnists tend to spread the hyperbole a...
  • Report From Wild Kingdom

    All seven of the ``regular readers'' of my column have noticed that I stopped writing about the threat to us all from the animals.     Well, you see, one of the senior editors of this opining department is in cahoots with the animals. She warned me...