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Joe Lieberman
Joe Lieberman.jpg
U.S. Senate, Connecticut
In office
January 3, 1989-January 3, 2013
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 26
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last election2006
First elected1989
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Attorney General of Connecticut
Connecticut State Senate
Bachelor'sYale (1964)
J.D.Yale (1967)
Date of birthFebruary, 24 1942
Place of birthStamford, Connecticut
Office website
Joe Lieberman (b. February 24, 1942) is an Independent member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Connecticut. However, Lieberman aligns himself with the Democratic party, and is a member of the Senate Democratic Caucus, being officially listed as an Independent Democrat[1]. Lieberman was first elected to the Senate in 1988.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Lieberman is a "centrist Independent".[2]

Lieberman did not seek re-election, choosing to retire at the end of his current term. Eleven candidates are running for Lieberman's Senate seat in the August 14, 2012 primary election.[3]


Lieberman was born in Stamford, Connecticut, on February 24, 1942, and attended public schools there. He received his bachelor's degree from Yale College in 1964 and his law degree from Yale Law School in 1967. [4]


Committee assignments

U.S. Senate



Political positions

During his re-election bid in 2006, Lieberman lost the Democratic Party primary election but won re-election in the general election as a third party candidate under the party label "Connecticut for Lieberman". Lieberman himself is not a member of the Connecticut for Lieberman party; he is a registered Democrat.[6]

Lieberman was officially listed in Senate records for the 110th, 111th, and 112th Congresses as an "Independent Democrat" and sits as part of the Senate Democratic Caucus.[7]



See also: United States Senate elections in Connecticut, 2012

Lieberman did not run for re-election in 2012.[8] Chris Murphy (D) defeated Linda McMahon (R) in the November 6, 2012 general election.


On November 7, 2006, Lieberman won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Ned Lamont (D), Alan Schlesinger (R), Ralph A. Ferrucci (G), Timothy A. Knibbs (I), and Carl E. Vassar (I)in the general election.[9]

United States Senate, Connecticut General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Ct. for Lieberman Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Lieberman Incumbent 49.7% 564,095
     Democratic Ned Lamont 39.7% 450,844
     Republican Alan Schlesinger 9.6% 109,198
     Green Ralph A. Ferrucci 0.5% 5,922
     Independent Timothy A. Knibbs 0.4% 4,638
     Independent Carl E. Vasar 0% 80
Total Votes 1,134,777

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Lieberman's campaign funds before the 2006 election.

Lieberman won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2006. During that re-election cycle, Lieberman's campaign committee raised a total of $20,219,460 and spent $19,099,162.[10]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Lieberman paid his congressional staff a total of $2,780,865 in 2011. He ranks first on the list of the highest paid Independent Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 76th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Connecticut ranks 14th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[11]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Lieberman's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $907,082 and $3,056,000. That averages to $1,981,541, which is lower than the average net worth of Independent Senators in 2010 of $1,205,273.[12]

Percentage voting with party

Joe Lieberman voted with the Democratic Party 0 of the time, which ranked 0 among the 51 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[13]

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Lieberman lives in Stamford and Washington with his wife Hadassah. Together they are the parents of four children and 11 grandchildren.[14] The Liebermans keep a kosher home and observe Shabbat.[15] Lieberman was previously married to Betty Haas. The couple divorced in 1981. [16]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lowell P. Weicker, Jr.
U.S. Senate - Connecticut
Succeeded by