Ribicoff was born in New Britain, CT, an he graduated from the University of Chicago with a LL.B. degree. After being accepted to the Connecticut bar, he joined a practice in Hartford, and, from there, he became involved with the government. In Connecticut, he was elected to the state legislature, became a state court judge, and served four years representing the state as a Congressman. Beginning in 1955, he served two terms as Governor of Connecticut until, in 1961, President Kennedy appointed him Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. After holding this position for two years, Ribicoff was elected to the United States Senate where he served until 1981. He was instrumental in proposing environmental legislation in the Senate.
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