October 1, 2014
Scott Brown vs. Joe Lieberman
Former U.S. Senators (Brown - R-MA and Lieberman - I-CT)
Senator Scott Brown
Served the people of MA in numerous capacities for almost 2 decades. A Colonel in the National Guard, serving at the Pentagon as a JAG. Working for FOX National News, the law firm of Nixon Peabody and sits on many Boards. Speaking around the country and parts of the world. Married to Gail for 27 years and has 2 daughters, Ayla and Arianna
Scott Brown (R-MA) was elected to the U.S. Senate in a special election on January 19, 2010. Prior to being elected to the U.S. Senate, Brown served three terms in the Massachusetts Senate, representing the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District, after serving three terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 9th Norfolk District.
Senator Brown is a graduate of Wakefield High School, Tufts University, and Boston College Law School. He is a practicing attorney at Nixon Peabody, and a 34 year member of the National Guard, where he currently holds the rank of Colonel in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, serving at the Pentagon.
Senator Brown serves on numerous Boards, works with FOX National News, and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Wrentham Lions Club, United Chamber of Commerce, Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the United States Triathlon Federation. He serves as a Board Member of the 495/MetroWest Corridor Partnership Inc. and serves on the Hockomock YMCA Board of Incorporators.
In the United States Senate, Brown served on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, Veterans Affairs Committee, and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
A thoughtful legislator. A principled man. An effective leader.
This is the reputation that Joe Lieberman has earned himself after four terms as the representative of Connecticut in the United States Senate.
On January 19, 2011, in his hometown of Stamford, Connecticut, Senator Lieberman announced his plan to retire from the United States Senate at the end of his fourth term. In his remarks he said, “I go forward with a tremendous sense of gratitude for the opportunities I have had to make a difference.”
Perhaps best known as the Democratic candidate for Vice President in 2000, Senator Lieberman has established himself as a national leader—one who works across party lines to find common ground, a person who speaks his conscience and who gets things done for the good of all people in America.
That reputation is based on a long and distinguished record. Senator Lieberman was one of Congress's most influential voices on security issues. He was the Senate's leading champion of legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security to better protect the nation from terrorist attacks. He has been at the forefront of efforts not only to increase our investment in defense, but to transform our armed forces to better meet the threats of the 21st Century. Senator Lieberman has been a strong and consistent advocate for using America's military might to defend America's interests and values when they are seriously endangered.
Here at home, Senator Lieberman has believed in equal opportunity for all Americans. He supported economic policies that spark business growth, encourage innovation, open the doors of opportunity for all, expand markets for American products, and keep the government's budget books in balance. He has also been a champion for the ordinary investor and consumer, fighting to ensure that public and private watchdogs meet the highest standards of independence and integrity. Moreover, he led the successful legislative effort to repeal the military’s discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which prohibits patriotic gay and lesbian Americans from serving openly in our armed services.
Throughout his more than 20 years in the United States Senate, Senator Lieberman proved himself a true environmental champion. From helping to negotiate the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, to consistently working to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska from oil and gas drilling and exploration, to fighting to better fund conservation efforts along Long Island Sound and authoring several bills to combat climate change – including the first one to ever make it to the Senate floor for a vote, Senator Lieberman has committed himself tirelessly to the preservation of our air, land and water.
Senator Lieberman has been a strong advocate for investing in our public schools, empowering parents, and challenging all students to meet higher academic standards. He sought to give all Americans, regardless of income, the chance to go to college and develop the skills they needed to succeed in our global information economy. He works to expand quality and affordable healthcare to all Americans and to safeguard Medicare and Social Security for future generations.
Senator Lieberman has been a vocal advocate for campaign finance reform and has written extensively on the dignity and nobility of public service. He urged America to be true to its tradition of tolerance by giving faith and its practitioners a place at the national table. Senator Lieberman was dedicated to strengthening America's families and renewing our common values by working with parents to improve the culture in which they raise their children.
Senator Lieberman was Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which is responsible for oversight of the Department of Homeland Security and assuring the efficiency and effectiveness of the Federal Government. In addition, he was a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Airland and sat on the Personnel and Seapower Subcommittees; and the Small Business Committee.
Senator Lieberman was born in Stamford, Connecticut, on February 24, 1942, and attended public schools there. He received his bachelor's degree from Yale College in 1964 and his law degree from Yale Law School in 1967. Senator Lieberman was elected to the Connecticut State Senate in 1970 and served there for ten years, including the last six as Majority Leader. In 1980, he returned to private legal practice for two years, and from 1983 through 1988, he served as Connecticut's 21st Attorney General. As Attorney General he took on polluters of Connecticut's environment, went after deadbeat dads by strengthening child support enforcement, and earned a strong reputation as a defender of consumers' rights.
Senator Lieberman was first elected to the United States Senate in 1988, scoring the nation's biggest political upset that year by a margin of just 10,000 votes. Six years later, he made history by winning the biggest landslide victory ever in a Connecticut Senate race, drawing 67 percent of the vote and beating his opponent by more than 350,000 votes. In 2000, Senator Lieberman was elected by another overwhelming margin to a third term.
In 2006, Senator Lieberman was elected to a fourth term as an Independent, because of the strength of his record and his accomplishments for the state. He won the general election by more than 100,000 votes. He remains committed to caucusing with Senate Democrats, but is identified as an Independent Democrat (ID-CT).