LOWELL P. WEICKER JR. was born in Paris, France. He graduated from Yale University in 1953 and the University of Virginia Law School in 1958. He served in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant from 1953 to 1955 and in the Army Reserves from 1958 to 1964. He was elected to the Connecticut General Assembly in 1962 and was reelected twice. In 1968 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives; elected to the U.S. Senate in 1970 and reelected in 1976 and 1982. In 1973 he was appointed to the Senate Watergate Committee and also served as chair and then ranking Republican member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee. In 1990 he became the first independent to be elected governor of Connecticut. In 1992 he received the John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award for his actions in reforming Connecituct’s tax structure.