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Senior United States Senator from Connecticut

  • Joseph Isadore "Joe" Lieberman is the Senior United States Senator from Connecticut.
  • He was born on February 24, 1942 at Stamford, Connecticut.
  • He is a former member of the Democratic Party.
  • He was the party's nominee for Vice President in the 2000 election.
  • He is currently an independent and remains closely affiliated with the party.
  • He is a graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School.
  • He was elected as a "reform Democrat" in 1970 to the Connecticut Senate, where he served three terms as Majority Leader.
  • After an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980, he served as state Attorney General from 1983 to 1989.
  • He defeated moderate Republican Lowell Weicker in 1988 to win election to the Senate and was re-elected in 1994 and 2000.
  • He was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in the 2000 United States presidential election, running with presidential nominee Al Gore, becoming the first Jewish candidate on a major American political party presidential ticket.
  • As Senator he introduced and championed the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 and legislation that led to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.
  • He announced that he will retire from the Senate when his term ends in January 2013.

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