History-Making Fmr. Senator Joe Lieberman Passes Away

March 28, 2024

Most people in our country are independent-minded, and they’re sick of all the partisanship and ideological rigidity.

Fmr. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) speaking during an interview in 2011. He passed away at the age of 82 on Wednesday, March 27.

Why It Matters: Senator Lieberman was a registered Independent who often voted with Democrats. He was the first Jewish-American on a major presidential ticket when he joined Al Gore in the 2000 election as a VP candidate; in the 2008 election, he was often referred to as a potential running mate of his close friend John McCain (R-AZ). Lieberman spent his time in Congress often reaching across the aisle, including in his retirement when he later joined “No Labels” – “a centrist third-party movement” (AP).

“I characterize myself as independent-minded. Like most Americans, I don’t feel that I have to decide every issue based on a party-line orthodoxy. Seems to me most Americans look at every issue separately and decide what they think makes most sense. And yet somehow in politics, both parties expect elected officials to just toe the party line. And why should we?”

Interview with Sen. Lieberman in 2011: READ MORE

The Associated Press Obituary: READ MORE

by Jenna Lee,