Dan Malloy

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Dan Malloy
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Governor of Connecticut
In office
January 5, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 3
PredecessorJodi Rell (R)
Base salary$150,000
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$11,949,238
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor of Stamford, CT
1995 - 2009
Bachelor'sBoston College
J.D.Boston College Law School
BirthdayJuly 21, 1955
Place of birthStamford, Connecticut
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Dannel Patrick "Dan" Malloy (b. July 21, 1955) is the 88th and current Democratic Governor of Connecticut. He was sworn into office on January 5, 2011, following a hard-fought general election campaign against Republican Thomas C. Foley, which ended over a week after the general election took place on November 2, 2010. There were several reversed calls on the outcome of the race before Malloy finally emerged as the victor.[1] Malloy is up for re-election in 2014 and his current term will end on January 7, 2015.

Before becoming governor, Malloy served as the mayor of Stamford for 14 years from 1995-2009, making him the longest serving mayor in the city's history. Prior to this streak, Malloy served as a member of the town's Boards of Finance and Education.

His experience in public service began as a prosecutor in Brooklyn, NY, where he served for four years as an assistant district attorney. Malloy is a former trustee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a former president of the Connecticut Council of Municipalities, and a former member of the Stamford Cultural Development Organization.[2]

Despite presiding among Democratic majorities in both chambers of the state legislature, since taking office, Malloy's characteristically liberal-Democratic approach to issues such as economy policy and public safety has caused occasional friction between the executive and legislative branches. For example, his 2011 plan to repair the state's budget deficit by raising taxes on retail sales, individuals and corporations angered Republican lawmakers who believed the increases were "massive and unnecessary."[3]

Malloy's first term was marked by the December 2012 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, a tragedy which compelled states across the nation to re-examine their own gun laws. In April 2014, Malloy signed a highly anticipated gun control package giving Connecticut some of the toughest in the country, and his venomous, public responses to the National Rifle Associations criticism over the law escalated already rising tensions between gun-control and gun-rights institutions.[4]

On March 28, 2014, Malloy formally announced his bid for a second term as governor alongside 2010 running mate and current Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.[5] An early report from Governing named him among the five incumbents considered most vulnerable to losing their seats the 2014 gubernatorial election cycle.[6]


Malloy is the youngest of eight children and has six brothers and one sister. He grew up in Stamford, Connecticut and struggled with dyslexia throughout his childhood. Malloy has admitted he still does not write or type well, but has developed a strong memory and is able to speak with little reliance on notes. He attended Boston College, where he met his wife, Cathy, and then went on to earn his J.D. from Boston College's law school.[7]

Malloy worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn from 1980 to 1984, moving to Connecticut to join the law firm of Abate & Fox in 1984. He was a partner there until he began his first mayoral term in 1995.[7]


  • B.A. - Boston College
  • J.D. - Boston College Law School

Political career

Governor of Connecticut (2010-Present)

Malloy was first elected Governor of Connecticut in 2010. He assumed office on January 5, 2011.

Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")

In December, 2012, Malloy declined to enter Connecticut into the federal health-exchange system established under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as "Obamacare," in favor of setting up a state-based system.[8] Connecticut is one of eighteen states - including Colorado, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Washington - that decided to create and run individual health-exchange systems by the December 14, 2012, deadline. The exchange is an online marketplace for citizens to purchase health insurance.[9][10]

Gun control

Following the December 2012 shooting in Newton, Connecticut, gun control was expected to be a major issue. Malloy set up an advisory committee to look at the state's gun laws. According to spokesman Andrew Doba in January 2013, Malloy favored a ban on large-capacity magazines.[11]

Malloy signed a package of gun control laws on April 4, 2013, giving Connecticut some of the toughest in the country. Provisions of the package included a ban on the sale or purchase of ammunition magazines with more than 10 rounds, the creation of a council to establish school safety standards and an expansion of the circumstances disqualifying applicants for gun permits due to mental history.[12]

National Rifle Association CEO and executive vice president Wayne La Pierre criticized the laws, saying they would not have prevented the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Malloy shot back, stating, “Wayne reminds me of the clowns at the circus. They get the most attention and that’s what he’s paid to do. But the reality is that the gun that was used to kill 26 people on December 14 was legally purchased in the state of Connecticut, even though we had an assault weapons ban.”[13]

Natural Resources Committee

In October 2013, Malloy was appointed Vice Chair of the Natural Resources Committee in the National Governors Association by NGA Chair Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and NGA Vice Chair Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.[14]

Job creation ranking

In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals looking at 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation record, Malloy was ranked number 38. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.[15][16]

Judicial appointments

As governor, Malloy is responsible for appointing judges to Connecticut state courts. In Connecticut, the governor appoints a judge following recommendations from a judicial selection commission. Before an appointee can take office, the nomination must be confirmed by the Connecticut General Assembly. For an up-to-date list of all of Malloy's appointees, see Judgepedia's page on his appointments.


Tax hikes

During the 2011 legislative session, Malloy pushed $1.5 billion worth of tax increases to help bridge a budget gap estimated at $3.3 billion. Individual and corporate income tax rates rose, along with inheritance, alcohol, cigarette and gasoline levies. Additionally, the retail sales tax rate rose from 6% to 6.35%. The Republican legislative minority strongly criticized Malloy and Democratic leaders, calling their plan a "massive and unnecessary tax hike."[3]

Mayor of Samford (1995-2009)

Malloy was first elected Mayor of Samford, CT in 1995 and served an unprecedented 14 years until 2009.[7]

On The Issues Vote Match

Dan Malloy's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Malloy is a Moderate Liberal Populist. Malloy received a score of 57 percent on social issues and 30 percent on economic issues.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[17]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Neutral Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: June 23, 2014.[18]



See also: Connecticut gubernatorial election, 2014

Malloy is running for re-election in 2014 alongside Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, who was also his running mate in 2010.[5] He was uncontested for the Democratic nomination in the August 12 primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Race background

On March 28, 2014, current Democratic incumbent Gov. Dan Malloy formally announced his bid for re-election to a second term. He is re-teaming with 2010 running mate and current Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman for the 2014 race.[5] Early on, Malloy was flagged as one of the most vulnerable incumbents of the 2014 gubernatorial election cycle.[19] As the campaign season has progressed, the Daily Kos has reaffirmed Malloy's tenuous position, labeling the race a toss-up. The rating was assigned in consideration of a series of polls showing Malloy behind or rivaling Republican nominee Tom Foley in potential general election match-ups.[20][21] The Cook Political Report, meanwhile, has consistently rated Connecticut as "Lean D," meaning the race is competitive but the Democrats have an advantage.[22]

Malloy won the governorship in November 2010 following a hard-fought general election campaign against Republican Tom Foley, a wealthy Republican businessman and former U.S. ambassador to Ireland under former President George W. Bush. The contest ended over a week after the general election took place. There were several reversed calls on the outcome of the race before Malloy finally emerged as the victor.[23] At the May 2014 State Republican Convention, delegates endorsed Foley for the second gubernatorial cycle in a row, bringing him one step closer to a 2014 re-match against Malloy. Although Foley was the resounding favorite at the convention, fellow GOP hopeful and current state Sen. majority leader John McKinney managed to garner enough delegate support to remain eligible for the nomination, preventing Foley from running unopposed in the August 12 primary.[24]

One Independent candidate, Joe Visconti, will appear on the general election ballot alongside Malloy and Foley. Former state Rep. and career political operative Jonathan Pelto also petitioned to run as an independent, but failed to collect the minimum 7,500 signatures required to qualify for the race.[25] Pelto backed Malloy's 2010 gubernatorial campaign before publicly turning against him for his policies on education and taxes, among other issues, during Malloy's first term in office. Pelto's 2014 bid gained media attention in August when his candidate petition was signed by Ralph Nader, the perennial third party presidential candidate perhaps best known for his indirect role in spoiling Al Gore's chances at the presidency in 2000 by siphoning crucial liberal votes. Nader's sudden presence in the Connecticut Gubernatorial race evoked a sense of deja-vu for Malloy and Democratic strategists, who immediately accused Pelto of running in order to manipulate the election's outcome, not to win it.[26]


Governor of Connecticut: Malloy vs. Foley vs. Visconti
Poll Dan Malloy* (D) Tom Foley (R)Joe Visconti (I)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
September 3-8, 2014
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
Governor of Connecticut: Malloy vs. Foley
Poll Dan Malloy* (D) Tom Foley (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
June 12-17, 2013
Quinnipiac University
February 26-March 2, 2014
Quinnipiac University
May 1-6, 2014
July 5-24, 2014
Vox Populi
July 27-28, 2014
Gravis Marketing
August 4-7, 2014
AVERAGES 40% 42.83% 13.83% +/-3.63 1,139.83
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


See also: Connecticut gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Malloy ran for Governor of Connecticut in 2010. He faced Ned Lamont in the August 10 primary, defeating him by a margin of 57.7% to 42.3%.

Malloy faced Republican Thomas C. Foley in the general election on November 2, 2010. After several reversed calls on the winner of the race and more than a one week delay, Malloy finally emerged as the victor.[27]

Governor, Lieutenant Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDan Malloy & Nancy Wyman 51.2% 587,182
     Republican Tom Foley & Mark E. Boughton 47.2% 540,970
     Independent Thomas E. Marsh & Cicero B. Booker, Jr. 1.5% 17,629
Total Votes 1,145,781


Campaign themes

  • Teachers: During a telephone town hall to 3,000 teachers on September 22, 2010, Malloy referenced the state’s constitutional obligation to provide education and called binding arbitration a right that avoids strikes. “If you want a governor who understands that binding arbitration is the hallmark of quality education in Connecticut,” Malloy said. “I am not going to change your right to binding arbitration... The other folks on the other side have a big target on your back.” Malloy said funding from the state has not kept pace with general inflation, let alone the rate of education inflation. He called the concessions made by teachers to date "noble." “I believe a contract is a contract is a contract,” Malloy said, adding that it is unfair that “public employees are singled out for these givebacks.” Malloy said he would “hold school systems harmless” for the 14.5 percent cut in education cost sharing grants imposed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell (R). According to Malloy, the cuts were hidden through the use of federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. He said he would return ECS grants at least to their original level when the stimulus funds expire.
  • Merit Pay: Malloy said he worried about the “potential unfairness” of merit pay or making salaries reflect test results. He said such proposals are “a little scary, a little frightening” and that some people might not teach in urban areas “for fear that their compensation would be withheld.” Instead, he said he supported “a system of review to ensure high quality teachers.”
  • Pensions: “We’re going to have to have the discipline to fully fund our pension funds,” Malloy said about Connecticut's ranking as the fifth worst state for funding pension obligations. He said he had not given up on making defined benefit plans – pensions – work. “We can. We know we can,” he said.[29]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Malloy is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Malloy raised a total of $11,949,238 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[30]

Dan Malloy's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 Governor of Connecticut Won $8,719,322
2006 Governor of Connecticut Defeated $3,229,916
Grand Total Raised $11,949,238


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Dan Malloy's donors each year.[31] Click [show] for more information.


Dan and his wife, Cathy, have been married since 1982 and have three sons: Ben, Samuel, and Dannel. Cathy works as the Executive Director of the Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education, located in Fairfield County.[2]

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  1. The Hour, "Secretary of the State: Malloy is governor-elect," November 3, 2010
  2. 2.0 2.1 Office of the Governor of Connecticut, "Bio of Dannel Malloy," accessed July 22, 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 Stateline, "Connecticut governor, lawmakers agree to package of tax hikes," April 21, 2011
  4. New York Daily News, "Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signs bill with gun-control laws among the toughest in nation," April 4, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Connecticut News Junkie, "Malloy Makes Re-election Bid Official," March 28, 2014
  6. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Governor of Connecticut, "Governor Dannel P. Malloy," accessed May 24, 2013
  8. The New York Times, "Most states miss deadline to set up health exchange," December 14, 2012
  9. The New York Times, "Most states miss deadline to set up health exchange," December 14, 2012
  10. The Daily Times, "Governor Susana Martinez to tackle state-based health exchange," January 9, 2013
  11. USA Today, "Where each state stands on gun-control legislation," January 14, 2013
  12. New York Daily News, "Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signs bill with gun-control laws among the toughest in nation," April 4, 2013
  13. PIX 11, "Connecticut governor rips into the NRA," April 7, 2013
  14. NGA News Release NGA Chooses New Committee Leadership, E-mail communication to Kristen Mathews October 23, 2013
  15. The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
  16. The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
  17. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  18. On The Issues, "Dan Malloy Vote Match," accessed June 23, 2014
  19. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
  20. The Daily Kos, "Daily Kos Elections gubernatorial race ratings (2013-14)," accessed August 11, 2014
  21. Only in Bridgeport, "Latest Polls Show Challenging Reelection For Malloy," July 28, 2014
  22. Cook Political Report, "2014 Governors Race Ratings," July 30, 2014
  23. The Hour, "Secretary of the State: Malloy is governor-elect," November 3, 2010
  24. The Wilton Daily Voice, "Wilton Republicans Head To Polls Tuesday To Pick Gubernatorial Candidate," August 11, 2014
  25. theday.com, "Petition process not easy, but works," September 7, 2014
  26. The Hartford Courant, "Nader Signed Pelto's Petition To Get On Ballot," August 6, 2014
  27. The Hour, "Secretary of the State: Malloy is governor-elect," November 3, 2010
  28. Connecticut Secretary of State, "2010 General Election Results," accessed January 8, 2013
  29. "Malloy’s pitch to teachers: pensions to stay, binding arbitration a right, Foley would slash funds," Raising Hale, September 22, 2010
  30. Follow the Money, "Career financing for Dannel Malloy," accessed July 8, 2013
  31. Follow the Money.org
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Governor of Connecticut
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