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Richard Blumenthal

Richard Blumenthal
Senator Richard Blumenthal
Personal data
Date of birthFebruary 13, 1946(age 70)
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseCynthia Allison Malkin
ResidenceGreenwich, Connecticut
Alma materHarvard College (A.B.)
Trinity College, Cambridge
Yale Law School (J.D.)
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps Reserve
Years of service1970 � 1976
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 2011
Serving with Joe Lieberman
Preceded byChris Dodd
23rd Connecticut Attorney General
In officeJanuary 9, 1991 - January 5, 2011
Succeeded byGeorge Jepsen
Preceded byClarine Nardi Riddle
Member of the
Connecticut Senate
from the 27th district
In office1987 - 1991
Succeeded byGeorge Jepsen
Preceded byAnthony D. Truglia
Member of the
Connecticut House of Representatives
from the 145th district
In office1984 - 1987
United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut
In office1977 - 1981
Nominated byJimmy Carter

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Richard Blumenthal (born February 13, 1946) is the junior United States Senator from Connecticut and a member of the Democratic Party. Previously, he served as Attorney General of Connecticut.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Blumenthal is a graduate of Harvard College, where he was editorial chairman of The Harvard Crimson. He studied for a year at Cambridge University in England before attending Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. While at Yale, he was classmates with future President Bill Clinton and future Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. From 1970 to 1976 Blumenthal served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, where he earned the rank of sergeant.

After college Blumenthal served as administrative assistant and law clerk for several Washington figures. From 1977 to 1981 he was United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut. In the early 1980s he worked in private law, including volunteer counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1984 to 1987, when he was elected to the Connecticut Senate. He was elected state Attorney General in 1990, and served for twenty years. During this period he was frequently speculated as a contender for Governor of Connecticut, but he never pursued the office.

Blumenthal announced his 2010 run for U.S. Senate after Democratic incumbent Chris Dodd announced his retirement. He faced professional wrestling magnate Linda McMahon in the general election, winning by a 12-point margin with 55 percent of the vote. In January 2011 he was sworn in and took seats on the Senate Armed Services; Judiciary; Aging; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committees.

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