GREENWICH, Conn. -- Happy birthday To Greenwich’s Richard Blumenthal!
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who owns a home in Greenwich, turns 68 on Thursday. The Democratic senator from Connecticut was born Feb. 13, 1946, in Brooklyn, N. Y.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1970 to 1976 and earned the rank of sergeant. He was the U.S. attorney for Connecticut from 1977 to 1981.
In the early 1980s, he worked in private law practice and served as volunteer counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
He represented Greenwich in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1984 to 1987, when he was elected to the Connecticut Senate.
He was elected state attorney general in 1990 and served for 20 years in that post.
On Oct. 10, 2002, he was awarded the Raymond E. Baldwin Award for Public Service by the Quinnipiac University School of Law.
He announced his bid to run for U.S. Senate in 2010 and faced professional wrestling magnate Linda McMahon in the general election, winning by a 12-percentage point margin with 55 percent of the vote.
On Jan. 5, 2011, he was sworn into the 112th U.S. Congress and took seats on the Senate Armed Services; Judiciary; Aging; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committees.
In March 2012, Blumenthal gained national attention after he was called upon by Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice to investigate practices by employers to require Facebook passwords for employee applicants and workers.