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SAGE Spotlight

This month’s spotlight focuses on a former Attorney General, also known as a SAGE member [Society of Attorneys General Emeritus].

Clarine Nardi Riddle served as Connecticut Attorney General from 1989-1991. She was the first, and to date the only female Attorney General from that state. Ms. Riddle currently works in Washington, D.C., as chief of staff for another former Connecticut Attorney General, U.S. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman.

Ms. Riddle referred to herself as the “air traffic controller” of the office. She is immersed in every aspect of the work, from his legislative initiatives and external relations to constituent concerns. She tries to keep “all the straight A student employees from bumping into each other!”

“The job allows me to really be in the middle of the national issues of the day. It has also given me the opportunity to travel to other countries, see other governing structures, and realize just how important a role the United States plays in our modern world,” she said.

Ms. Riddle’s service as Attorney General has proved essential to her job success now. She cited her strong background in Connecticut government and politics as well as her familiarity with the state’s businesses and local communities.

She talks about her time as Attorney General fondly, saying she valued advising state agencies and felt she succeeded in helping them implement new laws. She also enjoyed joining with other Attorneys General in multi-state litigation and other national initiatives through NAAG.

She received a bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate from Indiana University (Bloomington) in 1971, where she majored in mathematics (honors program), and earned a law degree from Indiana University Law School in 1974. She also has a degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Saint Joseph College.

When she manages to find spare time, Ms. Riddle enjoys cooking, baking and visiting farmers markets. She is also an avid reader, pianist, and gardener.

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