B.A., Dartmouth College! J.D., Harvard Law School! M.A., Kennedy School of Government, Harvard
George C. Jepsen is only the third full-time attorney general in Connecticut, following two men who used the office as a springboard to the U.S. Senate, Joseph I. Lieberman and, more recently, Richard Blumenthal. But Jepsen pledged during his campaign not to follow in their footsteps by running for the Senate, at least not in 2012, when Lieberman is up for re-election.At the start of 2010, Jepsen seemed to have no good prospect for returning to politics. He had served in the state House and Senate, becoming the majority leader of the upper chamber. He later was Democratic state chairman. But previous efforts at statewide office faltered, and his dream of becoming attorney general was thwarted by Blumenthal's seeming willingness to be A.G. for life.Then Jepsen became the luckiest politician in Connecticut.First, Christopher J. Dodd announced he would not seek a sixth term in the U.S. Senate. Within hours, Blumenthal was a candidate to succeed him, creating an open seat for attorney general for the first time in 20 years. Then, Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz was declared unqualified under state law to hold the office, removing Jepsen's leading rival on the eve of the Democratic nominating convention. He won the nomination by acclamation.Jepsen is succeeding Blumenthal for the second time. He moved from the state House to the state Senate in 1990, winning a seat Blumenthal vacated to run for A.G. As a legislator elected from Stamford, Jepsen was a co-author of legislation codifying into state law a woman's right to an abortion under Roe vs. Wade. He also was a prime backer of a law defining and banning certain firearms as assault weapons.Jepsen was a co-chairman of the legislature's Judiciary Committee before becoming Senate majority leader.He was the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in 2002, losing on a ticket led by Bill Curry to the Republican incumbents, Gov. John G. Rowland and Lt. Gov. M. Jodi Rell.In 2006, he was the highest-profile Democrat to endorse Ned Lamont for U.S. Senate before the Democratic primary with Joe Lieberman.His law experience includes being the general counsel for a carpenters union, UBC Local 210 in western Connecticut. He also was a lawyer at Shipman and Goodwin and, more recently, at Cowdery, Ecker & Murphy.In the face of the economic downturn, Jepsen is vowing to use the attorney general's office to create a stable environment for Connecticut businesses and consumers by enforcing laws that impact economic development and job creation.But he still is expected to be an activist on consumer issues, even if not quite in the mold of his immediate predecessor, the hyperactive Richard Blumenthal.Previous office: State House of Representatives, 1987 to 1991; state Senate, 1991 to 2003.Personal: Jepsen, 55, is married to Diana Sousa, the vice president of communications at Covidien, a global health-care products company. They have two sons and live in Ridgefield.
Won an open seat in 2010, succeeding Democrat Richard Blumenthal, who ran for U.S. Senate.
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