SEN.-ELECT RICHARD BLUMENTHAL (D-CONN.)
Date of birth: Feb. 13, 1946
Birthplace: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Residence: Greenwich, Conn.
Occupation: State attorney general
Education: Harvard University, J.D. at Yale Law School
Previous office held: Connecticut attorney general
Family: Wife, Cynthia, four children
Elected as Connecticut attorney general in 1990, Blumenthal had won reelection to that office four times and had developed a reputation as a consumer advocate and antagonist of tobacco and insurance companies. Blumenthal fought with the tobacco industry over deceptive marketing practices and won a multi-million dollar settlement.
He opposed utility rate increases, pressured the federal government to enforce environmental laws and won more than $6 million in settlements from mortgage lenders accused of deceptive practices.