Senator Lieberman to be Next Chubb Fellow at Yale

U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., will speak at his alma mater, Yale University, on Thursday, Feb. 18, 5:30 p.m. in the Levinson Auditorium, Yale Law School, 127 Wall St. Lieberman’s talk, sponsored by the Chubb Fellowship, is free and open to the public.

Lieberman is a member of the Senate’s Armed Services Committee as well as the Environmental and Public Works, Governmental Affairs and Small Business committees. He has been named a Deputy Whip by the Senate Minority Leader and, since 1995, he has been chair of the Democratic Leadership Council.

Elected to the Connecticut State Senate in 1970, Lieberman served there for 10 years, the last six as Majority Leader. From 1982 to 1988, he was Connecticut’s 21st Attorney General. In 1988, he won election to the U.S. Senate by just 10,000 votes in the biggest upset victory in the country. Only six years later, he won the biggest landslide victory ever in a Connecticut race for the U.S. Senate, with 67 percent of the vote.

Now in his second term, Lieberman has earned a national reputation as a thoughtful, effective legislator. He takes positions that are strong on defense, tough on crime, and in favor of the environment, education and consumer protection. He is an advocate for campaign finance reform and federal enterprise zones in urban areas.

Lieberman has authored four books: “The Power Broker” (1966), a biography of the 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’s politics from 1930-1980; and “Child Support in America” (1986), a guidebook on methods to increase the collection of child support from delinquent fathers.

Born in Stamford, Conn., in 1942, he attended public schools before coming to Yale, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1964 and his law degree in 1967.

The Chubb Fellowship Program was established in 1936 through the generosity of Hendon Chubb (Yale Class of 1895). It is devoted to encouraging and aiding students interested in government and public service careers. Based in Timothy Dwight College (one of Yale’s undergraduate residential colleges), the activities of the Chubb program have a great impact on the whole University community.

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