George Jepsen

Public Office: State House of Representatives, 1987 to 1991; state Senate, 1991 to 2003.

Current position: Of counsel, law firm of Cowdery, Ecker & Murphy

Background: George C. Jepsen is a former state Senate majority leader and Democratic state chairman who has been waiting patiently for Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, the state’s longest-serving attorney general, to move on.

With Blumenthal seeking the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Christopher J. Dodd and his biggest obstacle Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, out of the race after the Connecticut Supreme Court unanimously concluded she did not meet the stauatory requirements for running, Jepsen won the endorsement of the Democratic State Convention by acclamation.

If elected, Jepsen will be following Blumenthal for the second time. He succeeded Blumenthal in the state Senate.

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 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.

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.

And in a blunt declaration, rare in elective politics Jepsen has already vowed not to run for U.S. Senate in 2012 or governor in 2014 if he is elected attorney general.

Education: B.A., Dartmouth College; J.D., Harvard Law School; M.A., Kennedy School of Government, Harvard.

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.