Joe Lieberman

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Joe Lieberman
Official portrait, 2005
United States Senator
from Connecticut
In office
January 3, 1989 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byLowell P. Weicker, Jr.
Succeeded byChris Murphy
Chairman of the
Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
In office
January 4, 2007 – January 3, 2013
Preceded bySusan Collins
Succeeded byTom Carper
In office
June 6, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Preceded byFred Thompson
Succeeded bySusan Collins
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 20, 2001
Preceded byFred Thompson
Succeeded byFred Thompson
20th Connecticut Attorney General
In office
January 5, 1983 – January 3, 1989
GovernorWilliam A. O'Neill
Preceded byCarl R. Ajello
Succeeded byClarine Nardi Riddle
Connecticut Senate
In office
Personal details
Joseph Isadore Lieberman

(1942-02-24)February 24, 1942
Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
DiedMarch 27, 2024(2024-03-27) (aged 82)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Resting placeCongregation Agudath Sholom, Stamford
Political partyIndependent
Other political
Spouse(s)1) Elizabeth Haas (div.)
2) Hadassah Lieberman
ResidenceNew Haven, Connecticut
Alma materYale University (A.B.)
Yale Law School (LL.B.)
ProfessionPolitician, lawyer

Joseph Isadore "Joe" Lieberman (February 24, 1942 – March 27, 2024) was an American politician who was the United States Senator from Connecticut from 1989 to 2013. Before that he was the Attorney General of Connecticut and a member of the Connecticut Senate.

When he was a senator, he had another position, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. He was a former member of the Democratic Party, he was the party's nominee for vice president in the 2000 election. He later became an independent, though continued to caucus with Senate Democrats.

Early life[change | change source]

Lieberman was born in Stamford, Connecticut, the son of Marcia (née Manger) and Henry Lieberman, who ran a liquor store.[1] His family was Jewish.[2] His paternal grandparents emigrated from Poland and his maternal grandparents were from Austria.[2]

Presidential politics[change | change source]

In the 2000 election, he was chosen by Al Gore for his vice president. Lieberman and Gore lost the electoral vote to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, but they won the popular vote.

In 2004, Lieberman ran for President of the United States, but lost the nomination to John Kerry. Lieberman was the first person of Jewish background or faith to run on a major party Presidential ticket.[3]

Involvement with No Labels[change | change source]

Joe Lieberman co-founded No Labels in 2010 and served as the groups chairman until his death in 2024.[4] He hoped to organize a bipartisan unity ticket in the 2024 United States presidential election that would run as a third party against Joe Biden and Donald Trump. He successfully recruited Chris Christie, the former Republican Governor of New Jersey, to serve as No Labels' presidential nominee.[5] No Labels abandoned the plan to run a presidential ticket upon Lieberman's death.[6]

Personal life[change | change source]

Lieberman lived in New Haven, Connecticut and New York City.

Lieberman died on March 27, 2024 at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at the age of 82.[7] He died of injuries from a fall he had at his home in The Bronx.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. Feinberg, Barbara Silberdick (2001). Joseph Lieberman: Keeping the Faith. Lerner Publications. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-7613-2303-7.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Ancestry of Joseph Lieberman (B. 1942)".
  3. "Joe Lieberman's Historic Run". The Forward. 2004-02-20. Retrieved 2023-09-29.
  4. "Statement from No Labels on Senator Joseph I. Lieberman - No Labels". Retrieved 2024-05-08.
  5. "No dice for No Labels? How Chris Christie almost made third-party presidential run — but didn't". Chicago Sun-Times. 2024-04-12. Retrieved 2024-05-08.
  6. Peterson, Ken Thomas and Kristina. "How the No Labels 2024 Presidential Campaign Failed to Launch". WSJ. Retrieved 2024-05-08.
  7. Tapper, Jake (March 27, 2024). "Former Sen. Joe Lieberman has died". CNN. Archived from the original on March 27, 2024. Retrieved March 27, 2024.
  8. McFadden, Robert D. (March 27, 2024). "Joseph I. Lieberman, Senator and Vice-Presidential Nominee, Dies at 82". The New York Times. Retrieved March 27, 2024.