Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Senator from Connecticut

Richard Blumenthal

U.S. Senator from Connecticut

Richard Blumenthal was born in February 1946 in Brooklyn, New York. He earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard College. He spent a study year at Trinity College of the University of Cambridge in England. He received his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve where he served six years. 

Blumenthal served as an administrative assistant to Senator Abraham Ribicoff and was an aide to Daniel Moynihan when Moynihan was Assistant to President Richard Nixon. He later clerked at the U.S. District Court in Connecticut and for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. He entered into private practice. 

He was appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, where he served four years. He served in the Connecticut House of Representatives before being elected Attorney General of Connecticut, a position he held until his election to the U.S. Senate, where he assumed his seat in January 2011. 

He is married to Cynthia Malkin and they have four children. He is Jewish. 

In the News…

The Forbidding Airlines from Imposing Ridiculous Fees Act (FAIR) has been introduced by Senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Ed Markey of Massachusetts. The bill would increase protections for airline travelers. 

The act would help speed up refunds for passengers whose flights were disrupted. It would also restrict the amount airlines are able to charge in fees and would guarantee a minimum compensation for passengers who were bumped from flights. The act would also address other fees the senators call “ridiculous.” 

The law would direct the Transportation Department to review all fees the airlines charge and the amount of those fees. 

 “All too often, consumers come to the center and they learn they’re going to be charged an extra amount for bags, or to sit next to their kid,” Senator Blumenthal said. Putting a parent next to a child should cost nothing, he said. 

“What we’re saying [to] the airlines is: Charge the fees, but only if there is an actual cost, and then, only the amount of that cost.”   

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Senator Blumenthal today?  You can let him know at:

The Honorable Richard Blumenthal 
Senator from Connecticut 
706 Hart Senate Office Building 
Washington, DC 20510 


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