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Profile: Joe Lieberman

Last week, Slate began a series of short features explaining who the 2004 presidential candidates are, what they’ve said and done, and where they propose to take the country. The first installment summarizes each candidate’s personal and professional background. Today’s subject is Joe Lieberman.

Name: Joseph Isadore Lieberman

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Age: 61 (born Feb. 24, 1942).

Highest grade completed: Law school (1967).

Political experience: U.S. senator, Connecticut (1988-present); attorney general, Connecticut (1982-1988); state senator, Connecticut (1971-1980).

Asserted achievements: Wrote 1998 Iraq Liberation Act; co-authored V-Chip law limiting kids’ access to violent TV programs; introduced first bill proposing a Homeland Security Department.

Previous jobs: Lawyer in private practice (1967-1970, 1980-1982).

Spouse: Hadassah Lieberman.

Children from current marriage: High-school-aged daughter.

Previous marriages: One (1965-1981).

Children from previous marriage: One adult son, one adult daughter.

Military history: None. Obtained student deferments during Vietnam.

Medical history: None reported.

Parents’ jobs: Father owned a liquor store.

Net worth: $400,000-$1.6 million.

Religion: Jewish (Orthodox).

Campaign song: We Are Family” (Sister Sledge).