Joseph Lieberman, a former senator from Connecticut who became the first Jewish American to be nominated on a major party’s ticket, died Wednesday at 82.

According a statement from his family, Lieberman died on Wednesday afternoon following complications from a fall.

“Former United States Senator Joseph I. Lieberman died this afternoon, March 27, 2024, in New York City due to complications from a fall,” his family said in a statement. “He was 82 years old. His beloved wife, Hadassah, and members of his family were with him as he passed.”

“Senator Lieberman’s love of God, his family, and America endured throughout his life of service in the public interest,” the family said.

Joseph Lieberman waving

Joseph Lieberman died from a fall on Wednesday, March 27, 2024. He was 82. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Image)

Lieberman’s funeral will be held on Friday, March 29, 2024, at Congregation Agudath Sholom in his hometown of Stamford, Connecticut.

Lieberman was a longtime member of the U.S. Senate from 1989 to 2013.

Joe Lieberman at an event

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) speaks at a panel hosted by the National Council of Resistance of Iran – U.S. Representative Office (NCRI-US) at the Willard InterContinental Hotel on August 17, 2022 in Washington, DC.  (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Elected originally as a Democrat, he won reelection in 2006 as an independent after losing the Democratic Party primary. 


In 2000, he was the Democratic vice presidential nominee — the first Jewish candidate on a major party presidential ticket.

This is a breaking story. Check back for more details.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *