49 Facts About Joseph Isadore Lieberman

1. Joseph Isadore Lieberman is allowed to keep his chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

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2. On November 5, 2008, Joseph Isadore Lieberman met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to discuss his future role with the Democratic Party.

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3. Joseph Isadore Lieberman was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in the 2000 United States presidential election, running with presidential nominee Al Gore, and becoming the first Jewish candidate on a major American political party presidential ticket.

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4. Joseph Isadore Lieberman defeated moderate Republican Lowell Weicker in 1988 to win election to the US Senate, and was re-elected in 1994 and 2000.

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5. Joseph Isadore Lieberman is an American politician, having served as a United States Senator from Connecticut from 1989 to 2013.

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6. In June 2015, Joseph Isadore Lieberman was a signatory to a public letter written by a bipartisan group of 19 US diplomats, experts, and others, on the then-pending negotiations for an agreement between Iran and world powers over Iran's nuclear program.

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7. Joseph Isadore Lieberman was an integral part in attempting to stop WikiLeaks from publishing further material using US-based corporations in the United States diplomatic cables leak of 2010.

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8. Joseph Isadore Lieberman describes himself as being "genuinely an Independent", saying "I agree more often than not with Democrats on domestic policy.

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9. Joseph Isadore Lieberman was one of the Senate's strongest advocates for the war in Iraq.

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10. Joseph Isadore Lieberman has favored greater use of surveillance cameras by the federal government and referred to attempts by Congress to investigate illegal wire-tapping as "partisan gridlock".

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11. Joseph Isadore Lieberman was a supporter of the Iraq War and has urged action against Iran.

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12. In February 2007, Joseph Isadore Lieberman spoke before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in support of the confirmation of Sam Fox as ambassador to Belgium.

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13. Joseph Isadore Lieberman credited President-elect Barack Obama for helping him keep his chairmanship.

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14. Joseph Isadore Lieberman was mentioned as a possible vice presidential nominee on a McCain ticket, although Lieberman had denied interest.

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15. Joseph Isadore Lieberman was alongside McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham during a visit to French president Nicolas Sarkozy on March 21, 2008.

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16. Joseph Isadore Lieberman spoke at the 2008 Republican National Convention on behalf of McCain and his running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

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17. Joseph Isadore Lieberman emphasized the group's outreach to supporters of Hillary Clinton, who was at that time broadly expected to lose the Democratic presidential nomination to Barack Obama.

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18. Joseph Isadore Lieberman acknowledged to the Hartford Courant that his support for the war in Iraq was a large part of his undoing with voters.

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19. On January 13, 2003, Joseph Isadore Lieberman announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination as a candidate in the 2004 presidential election.

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20. Joseph Isadore Lieberman decided to run for re-election to maintain his seat, as Johnson, Bentsen and Biden did.

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21. Joseph Isadore Lieberman was the first Jewish candidate on a major political party ticket.

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22. On July 17, 2018, Joseph Isadore Lieberman published an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal imploring people to vote for Joe Crowley, who was defeated in the Democratic primary by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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23. On May 25, 2017, Joseph Isadore Lieberman officially withdrew his name from consideration.

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24. Joseph Isadore Lieberman is on the advisory board of the Counter Extremism Project.

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25. In 2016, Joseph Isadore Lieberman joined the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, an organization founded to address anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish bigotry in the United States.

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26. In March 2016, Joseph Isadore Lieberman was hired by the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation to assist the group in challenging Connecticut laws giving exemptions to only the top two state gaming tribes to build casinos.

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27. In early September 2015, Joseph Isadore Lieberman attended a rally outside the office of New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held in the hopes that such a protest would lead the senator to retract her support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

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28. In 2015, Joseph Isadore Lieberman served as Co-chair of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, a commission that recommended changes to US policy regarding biodefense.

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29. In March 2013, it was announced that Joseph Isadore Lieberman would be joining the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank as co-chairman of their American Internationalism Project, alongside former Republican Senator Jon Kyl.

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30. Joseph Isadore Lieberman announced on January 19, 2011 that he would retire from the Senate at the end of his fourth term.

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31. Joseph Isadore Lieberman actively oversaw the government response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic and held four hearings on the subject in 2009, including one in Connecticut.

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32. Joseph Isadore Lieberman urged FEMA to implement the reforms at a quicker pace.

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33. Joseph Isadore Lieberman was a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee and chair of its Subcommittee Clean Air, Wetlands and Private Property; the Armed Services Committee, where he chaired the Airland Subcommittee and sat on the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities; and the Small Business Committee.

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34. Joseph Isadore Lieberman was free to vote as he pleased on policy matters.

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35. Joseph Isadore Lieberman sought the Democratic Party's renomination for US Senate from Connecticut in 2006 but lost to the comparatively more liberal Ned Lamont, a Greenwich businessman and antiwar candidate.

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36. In 1998, Joseph Isadore Lieberman was the first prominent Democrat to publicly challenge Clinton for the judgment exercised in his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

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37. In 1994, Joseph Isadore Lieberman made history by winning by the largest landslide ever in a Connecticut Senate race, drawing 67 percent of the vote and beating his opponent by more than 350,000 votes.

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38. Joseph Isadore Lieberman was first elected to the United States Senate as a Democrat in the 1988 election, defeating liberal Republican Lowell Weicker by a margin of 10,000 votes.

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39. Joseph Isadore Lieberman was elected as a "reform Democrat" to the Connecticut Senate in 1970, where he served for 10 years, including the last six as Majority Leader.

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40. Joseph Isadore Lieberman was the first observant Jew to run on a major party Presidential ticket.

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41. In one notable instance, then Senator Joseph Isadore Lieberman walked to the Capitol after Sabbath services to block a Republican filibuster.

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42. Joseph Isadore Lieberman has a stepson from Hadassah's previous marriage, Ethan Tucker.

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43. Joseph Isadore Lieberman met his first wife, Betty Haas, at the congressional office of Senator Abraham Ribicoff, where they worked as summer student interns.

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44. Joseph Isadore Lieberman was born in Stamford, Connecticut, the son of Henry, who ran a liquor store, and Marcia Lieberman.

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45. Joseph Isadore Lieberman was officially listed in Senate records for the 110th and 111th Congresses as an "Independent Democrat", and sat as part of the Senate Democratic Caucus.

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46. Joseph Isadore Lieberman was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in the 2000 United States presidential election, running with presidential nominee and then Vice President Al Gore, and becoming the first Jewish candidate on a major American political party presidential ticket.

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47. Joseph Isadore Lieberman defeated moderate Republican Lowell Weicker in 1988 to win election to the US Senate, and was re-elected in 1994, 2000, and 2006.

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48. Joseph Isadore Lieberman was elected as a "Reform Democrat" in 1970 to the Connecticut Senate, where he served three terms as Majority Leader.

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49. Joseph Isadore Lieberman is an American politician, lobbyist and attorney who served as a United States Senator from Connecticut from 1989 to 2013.

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