U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman from Connecticut announced yesterday that he will not seek re-election in 2012.
Sen. Lieberman, who will have served 24 years when he leaves office in 2012, said that he will still be involved in public service in some manner after he steps down from office.
Sen. Lieberman was a Democrat up until he lost the Democratic primary in 2008. He then became an Independent to win re-election for the Senate seat.
Connecticut's representation in the Senate will be markedly different without the seniority of Sen. Lieberman and former Sen. Chris Dodd, who left office after deciding not to seek re-election in 2010.
Sen. Lieberman was Al Gore's vice-presidential running mate in their unsuccessful presidential election bid in 2000 on the Democratic ticket. Sen. Lieberman supported the Republican candidate, Sen. John McCain, in the last presidential election and was rumored to be a potential running mate of Sen. McCain's in that election up until the selection of Sarah Palin.
Sen. Lieberman, a former attorney general for the State of Connecticut, was an original sponsor of the federal Tribal Law and Order Act.
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