Facts about Lieberman


NEW YORK, Aug, 7 (JTA) — Following are facts about Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), Al Gore’s running mate in the 2000 presidential election.

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.)

Born: Feb. 24, 1942, in Stamford, Conn.

Education: Bachelor’s degree from Yale College in 1964; law degree from Yale Law School in 1967.

Career: Elected to Connecticut State Senate, 1970-1980; served as majority leader, 1974-1980. Served as Connecticut’s 21st attorney general, 1982-1988. Elected to U.S. Senate in 1988, re-elected 1994.

Legislation: Supports abortion rights, school vouchers and gun control.

Family: Lives in New Haven, Conn., with his wife, Hadassah; they have one daughter together. He has a son and daughter from a previous marriage, and she has a son from a previous marriage. They have two granddaughters.

Religious life: Member of two Orthodox synagogues in Washington and Connecticut. He has said he will work on Shabbat only to promote “the respect and protection of human life and well being.” He has said he will vote on legislation and participate in important meetings on Shabbat, but won’t campaign.

Books: “The Power Broker” (1966), a biography of late Democratic Party Chairman John M. Bailey; “The Scorpion and the Tarantula” (1970), a study of early efforts to control nuclear proliferation; “The Legacy” (1981), a history of Connecticut politics; “Child Support in America” (1986); “In Praise of Public Life” (2000).

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