Richard Blumenthal was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 13, 1946, the son of Jane (née Rosenstock) and Martin A. Blumenthal, a German Jewish immigrant. He graduated from Harvard College (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude), and Yale Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal. Blumenthal also served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, honorably discharged as sergeant.
Blumenthal was elected to the United States Senate to succeed Chris Dodd on November 2, 2010. Prior to becoming a Senator-elect from Connecticut, Blumenthal was serving his fifth term as Attorney General of Connecticut, to which he was elected in 1990. He also served in the Connecticut General Assembly as a State Representative and State Senator (1984 – 1990). He was the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut (1977-1981), prosecuting major cases, including those involving drug trafficking, organized crime, white collar crime, civil rights violations, and consumer fraud. Early in his career, Blumenthal served as aide to Senator Daniel P. Moynihan when Mr. Moynihan was Assistant to President Richard Nixon, and as Assistant to United States Senator Abraham A. Ribicoff. He later served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun.
Blumenthal and his wife, Cynthia, have four children.
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