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Senator Richard Blumenthal is an American politician and lawyer. He is serving as a Senior U.S. Senator from Connecticut under the Democrats. First elected in 2010, Richard is one of the wealthiest members of the U.S. Senate. He has also served as Connecticut’s Attorney General.
Richard was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 13, 1946. Life was a bed of roses for Richard as he was born to a wealthy parent.
He completed his tertiary education at Harvard College. He also studied at Trinity College before acquiring his J.D. at the Yale Law School in 1973. He was the editor-in-chief at Harvard College and Yale Law school. In 1970, Richard joined the US Marine Corps Reserve. He continued his service till 1976, when he attained the rank of Sergeant.
Senator Richard Blumenthal Political Career
Richard served as an administrative assistant and legal clerk for many politicians. He worked for many private law firms. He also served as a legal counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense funding from 1981 to 1986.
Senator Richard Blumenthal became the U.S. District Attorney for Connecticut from 1977 to 1981. He served a term in the Connecticut House of Reps in 1985. In 1986, he was elected to the Connecticut Senate and later as the Attorney General in 1990.
After 20 years as the Attorney General, Richard announced his desire to run for the U.S. Senate seat in 2010. He defeated Republican Linda McMahon to assume the seat. He won again in 2016.
Senator Richard Blumenthal Achievements
While serving as the Attorney General, Senator Richard Blumenthal made many legislative achievements. He was one of the Senators that filed a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against the tobacco industry. He was also a key figure in an antitrust suit against Microsoft Corporation.
As a Senator, Richard gave his full support for the background check on firearms. He had an ‘F’ rating from the National Rifle Association for his support for gun control. He also requested for the Centre for Disease Control to conduct a study on gun violence. He also supported the banning of suspected or known terrorists from purchasing firearms.
Richard’s administration also fosters child care, child programming, and disaster relief programs. His effort in supporting the Affordable Care Act and improving healthcare quality is very commendable. He also boasts of reforms on infrastructural development, housing, and human rights protection
Senator Richard Blumenthal Criticisms
Senator Richard claimed he served as a war Veteran in Vietnam. In 2010, he made it clear that it was a misstatement. The senator served in the US Marine Corps Reserve during the Vietnam era. But, he was never deployed to Vietnam. The misstatement has led to the confusion and frequent mischaracterization of his biography.
Richard was also linked with Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez’s corruption and extortion scandal in 2007. Richard made fundraising of $100 per person in support of Mayor Eddie Perez. Yet, the mayor allegedly spent over $30,000 to fix his bathroom.
In 2010, Corporate Enterprise Institute named Richard the third-worst Attorney General. He was accused of dubious dealings, fabricating law, and usurping legislative power.