Joe Lieberman Dead at 82 Years Old

( – Career politician Joe Lieberman died after reportedly suffering problems related to a fall. The late congressman, who was known for his centrist stances and willingness to work across party lines, was the founding chairman of the independent movement No Labels. He was 82 years old.

Lieberman’s career began in 1970 when he was elected to the Connecticut State Senate. The lawmaker stayed there for 10 years, serving as majority leader for six. He stepped away to pursue his private legal practice, but that endeavor only lasted for two years before he shifted gears once more — this time to Connecticut Attorney General. He served in that position between 1983 and 1988, moving to the Senate from there.

Lieberman went on to serve in the position for 24 years, fighting for democracy, economic growth, and freedom overseas while also pressing for equal opportunities in the United States. He was an advocate for the environment, fought to invest in public schools, and pushed for campaign finance reform. He left the Senate in 2012, after serving his country for over 40 years. At the time, he said the country’s “greatest obstacle” was “partisan polarization” in Washington, DC, and stated that his peers needed to find common ground for the good of the country.

Lieberman joined No Labels shortly after he left the Senate. The group identifies as a place for the “politically homeless,” with the goal of producing a “Unity Ticket” that might bridge the gap between the major parties. It notes that extremists, both on the Right and the Left, only make up a small fraction of the population, with most people sitting closer to the center and wanting to see better balance in Washington, DC.

No Labels shared a statement following Lieberman’s passing, calling him the movement’s “moral center” and noting that he consistently put “country before party.” It added that the former senator had been passionate about their cause and was dedicated to repairing the country’s political divide.

Lieberman leaves behind his wife, Hadassah, their four children, and 12 grandchildren.

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