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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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  • Santorum says he backs working women, hints CPAC poll was rigged

    Santorum says he backs working women, hints CPAC poll was rigged
    Rick Santorum, who is enjoying a surge in fundraising and attention after winning three states last week in the battle for the GOP presidential nomination, pushed back Sunday against the idea that his socially conservative views will alienate working...
  • First look at HBO's 'Game Change' - A film so political in so many good ways

    First look at HBO's 'Game Change' - A film so political in so many good ways
    I just walked out of a dark room after spending two hours with the screener for "Game Change," the HBO film about the 2008 Republican presidential campaign of John McCain and Sarah Palin. Based on a best-selling, non-fiction book about the historic race,...
  • A candidate for Connecticut's U.S. Senate seat drives to Mexico for a campaign stunt

    A candidate for Connecticut's U.S. Senate seat drives to Mexico for a campaign stunt
    Ya gotta give Sylvester Salcedo credit: it’s not every Connecticut U.S. Senate candidate who’d drive 2,000 miles to stage a campaign stunt in a Mexican border town where litter problems can include severed heads. Salcedo made the trip last...
  • Crime & Punishment: "Illegal immigrants are terrorists"

    Crime & Punishment: "Illegal immigrants are terrorists"
    “Illegal immigrants are terrorists,” shouted one of 30 or so counter-protestors to a rally in East Haven calling for unity in light of the police racial-profiling scandal. (Other heckles included, “Go home” and, of course, “...
  • Schiff seeks to invest in Egypt, Tunisia firms

    President Obama’s nominee for ambassador to Armenia, John Heffern, is scheduled to come before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for questioning on Wednesday. Heffern is a career diplomat who now is the United States’ deputy chief of...
  • Obama Signs Debt Ceiling Bill into Law

    Obama Signs Debt Ceiling Bill into Law
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama signed a last-minute compromise plan to raise the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling Tuesday afternoon, narrowly averting what could have been an unprecedented default with calamitous economic consequences. The U.S....
  • 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....
  • Postal Service deal clears Senate panel

    Postal Service deal clears Senate panel
    A Senate panel passed a bipartisan deal to save the U.S. Postal Service. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 9-to-1 to pass the deal, which buys out some employees, cuts worker compensation benefits for some retirees and...