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Profile of Sen Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut

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Profile of Sen Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut
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Sen Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut:

Democrat Richard Blumenthal was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010, after serving for 20 years, from 1990 to 2010, as Connecticut State Attorney General.

As Connecticut Attorney General, Blumenthal prided himself on "aggressive law enforcement for consumer protection, environmental stewardship, labor rights, and personal privacy has helped reshape the role of state attorneys general nationwide, and resulted in the recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars for Connecticut taxpayers and consumers each year."

Richard Blumenthal on Global Warming:

In 2009, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal declared, "We lost vital years in the fight global warming because of the Bush administration's ignorant inaction. I urge the new Obama EPA to declare carbon dioxide a danger to human health and welfare so we can at last begin addressing the potentially disastrous threat global warming poses to health, the environment and our economy. We must make up for lost time before it's too late to curb dangerous warming threatening to devastate the planet and human society." For more about global warming, see:

Senate Committees in the 112th Congress, 2011-2012:

In the 112th Congress, Sen. Blumenthal is a member of the Senate:

  • Judiciary Committee
  • Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, Refugees
  • Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy and Technology
  • Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution and Civil Rights
  • Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition, Consumer Rights
  • Armed Forces Committee
  • Armed Forces Subcommittee on Air
  • Armed Forces Subcommittee on Sea
  • Armed Forces Subcommittee on Personnel See U.S. Senate Committee Chairs in 112th Congress for a complete listing.

  • Personal Data:

    • Birth - February 13, 1946 in Brooklyn, New York to Martin Blumenthal, a wealthy commodities trader and Jewish immigrant from Germany, and wife Jane.
    • Education - B.A. in 1967, Harvard University. One year of post-graduate study at Cambridge University in Great Britain. J.D., 1973, Yale University Law School.
    • Family - Married since 1981 to Cynthia Malkin, also a Harvard University graduate. Mrs. Blumenthal's wealthy family has substantial real estate holdings including interest in the Empire State Building. Four children: Matthew, Michael, David and Claire. Oldest son Michael graduated in September 2010 from the U.S. Marine Academy.
    • Faith - Judaism
    Mr. Blumenthal served from 1970 to 1976 in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.

    Sen Richard Blumenthal on the Issues:

    On the Need for Investment in American Infrastructure

    "America needs a 21st Century infrastructure plan to put our citizens back to work, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and provide clean, affordable transportation options for commuters and businesses. America must make this investment now, without further delay.

    "Investing in critical infrastructure projects will help create thousands of good-paying jobs in Connecticut and across the United States. Senator Blumenthal supports President Obama’s proposal to upgrade our nation’s transit, highways, and rail infrastructure and is committed to ensuring that every dollar Connecticut receives from the federal government for transportation and infrastructure funding be used to maximize job creation."

    On Education: Supporting Students and Teachers, College Affordability

    "All students – irrespective of gender, race, or economic status – can achieve their goals if they are held to rigorous expectations and provided with the support they need... This is a responsibility shared by educators, parents, and the community. Senator Blumenthal believes we must provide teachers with the resources they need -- including access to high-quality professional development programs to strengthen their work in Connecticut's classrooms.

    "Many jobs now require college degrees, and yet access to - and affordability of - higher education remains out of reach for far too many students. Connecticut has some of the finest higher education institutions in the world, and Senator Blumenthal recognizes the importance of expanding access to post-secondary education. He is committed to working to ensure that the federal government provides students with the resources they need to graduate from the post-secondary institution of their choice."

    On Supporting Labor, Job Training Programs

    "In the United States, those who work hard should expect fair wages, safety in the workplace, and the right to organize and collectively bargain. The best workplaces are those where respect and cooperation exist between employers and employees, and Senator Blumenthal believes that the federal government should promote and foster an educated, engaged, and empowered workforce.

    "As we adapt to global economic changes, focusing on job preparedness is critical. New jobs require new skills, and federal investments in job training programs and career-transition assistance are necessary to ensure that our workforce is versatile and adaptive. Making sure that individuals whose jobs have been lost can re-train and prepare themselves to be re-employed is vital to maintaining our economic recovery."

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