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Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom

The Hon. Joseph Lieberman

The Honorable Joseph Lieberman was born February 24, 1942, in Stamford, Connecticut. After receiving a law degree from Yale Law in 1967, he was elected to the Connecticut State Senate in 1970, where he served for ten years. Following the State Senate, he was elected as Connecticut’s Attorney General 1983-1988. Due to his consumer and environmental advocacy, Lieberman’s popularity skyrocketed, enabling him to win his first election to the U.S. Senate in 1988, and winning the seat twice more in 1994 and 2000. During his tenure as Senator, Lieberman led the intuitive to create the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and became an advocate for using America’s military might. Domestically, he championed equal opportunity for college education, public schools, finance reform, and affordable health care. In 2000, Lieberman was Al Gore’s running mate for the presidential campaign. Six years later, he won re-election for the Senate as an Independent. Lieberman has authored five books such as, In Praise of Public Life, and was awarded the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom in 2002.