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Replacing Senator Dodd: Who is Richard Blumenthal?

Richard Blumenthal, expected to run to replace retiring Sen. Christopher Dodd (D), has been Connecticut's attorney general since 1991. He enjoys high approval ratings in his home state.

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Richard Blumenthal (D), the current attorney general of Connecticut, is expected to announce his candidacy Wednesday afternoon to replace Sen. Chris Dodd (D) in the US Senate, who is retiring.

Mr. Blumenthal, who told the Associated Press (AP) that he has had his eye on the Senate for years, has served as Connecticut’s top attorney since 1991.

As attorney general, Blumenthal advocated “aggressive law enforcement for consumer protection, environmental stewardship, labor rights and personal privacy,” according to his state bio.

“The United States Senate has been a longtime public service goal, and I would be proud and honored to have the opportunity to serve the people of Connecticut ... in the Senate,” Blumenthal told AP.

Popular in Connecticut

Blumenthal is popular with Connecticut voters, and could help tilt a race that was leaning Republican back to the Democrats. In March 2009, his approval ratings were at 81 percent, according to the Associated Press. A November poll by Quinnipiac University had him with a 78 percent job approval rate.

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