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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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  • Cybersecurity bills aim to prevent 'digital Pearl Harbor'

    Cybersecurity bills aim to prevent 'digital Pearl Harbor'
    Cybercrime isn't just a threat to your bank account or personal computer -- it's an issue of national security. Foreign spies and organized criminals are inside of virtually every U.S. company's network. The government's top cybersecurity advisors widely...
  • Senate votes to slow closing of U.S. Postal Service facilities -- could have local impact

    Senate votes to slow closing of U.S. Postal Service facilities -- could have local impact
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate offered a lifeline to the nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday, voting to give the struggling agency an $11 billion cash infusion while delaying controversial decisions on closing post offices and ending...
  • Gun Debate Over — The Guns Won

    The question is: Why would anyone need an assault rifle? As far as I can determine, the answer is: We the people need assault rifles in case the government tries to take away our assault rifles. While this may pass as advanced logic among gun and ammo...
  • 'Political Landscape' Photo Exhibit At State Capitol Building

    'Political Landscape' Photo Exhibit At State Capitol Building
    Tim Coffey, a Stamford photographer, takes political animals and puts them in their natural habitats. Coffee has a new exhibit of his photographs, opening on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the Concourse Gallery of the State Capitol Building in Hartford. It's...
  • Holy Food!: Kosher and Its Imitators in Connecticut

    Holy Food!: Kosher and Its Imitators in Connecticut
    What exactly is kosher? The short answer is a religious certification given to any cooked or processed food that an observant Jew is permitted to eat. A satisfying answer in detail is not easy, so a visual aid may help: picture three identical matzo...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Spending Spree

    Say what you will about Jesse Jackson Jr., but I'll tell you this. He's the guy you want waiting across the street in the car for your tag sale to begin. I mean, the man will buy anything. The former Illinois congressman pleaded guilty last week to using...
  • 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...