Kevin Lembo

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Kevin Lembo
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Connecticut Comptroller
In office
January 5, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 2019
Years in position 4
PredecessorNancy Wyman (D)
Base salary$110,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Campaign $$1,200,986
Term limitsNone
Master'sCalifornia State University
Place of birthPaterson, New Jersey
ProfessionConnecticut Healthcare Advocate; Clinical Instructor, Yale School of Nursing
Office website
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Kevin Lembo (b. in Paterson, N.J.) is the current Democratic Connecticut Comptroller. Lembo was first elected the statewide office on November 2, 2010. He was sworn in January 5, 2011, becoming the first openly gay statewide official in Connecticut history.

Lembo was re-elected in 2014.[1] Unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the primary, Lembo overcame two challengers, Republican Sharon McLaughlin and Green Party candidate Rolf Maurer, in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2][3] He began his second term as state comptroller on January 7, 2015.

In 2004, Lembo became Connecticut's first Healthcare Advocate. In this role, which he held until 2010, Lembo guided Connecticut consumers through the health care system. His office organized formal challenges health insurance companies on behalf of thousands of state residents who had been rejected for coverage.[4]

In addition to serving as comptroller, Lembo has maintained a part time, appointed position as a clinical instructor at the Yale School of Nursing.[2]

Sometimes referred to as the state's financial "watchdog" or "guardian," the Connecticut Comptroller is charged with monitoring and reporting on the state's financial health. The comptroller essentially serves as the state's accountant.[5]


Lembo is a native of Paterson, N.J. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University.

Before coming to Connecticut, Lembo worked to develop a long-term home health care program in northeastern New York and was program director of an AIDS education, prevention and care program at a community health center.

In Connecticut, Lembo was made the state's first Healthcare Advocate. He served in this position from 2004 to 2010. During his time, he also chaired the state's health care reform effort, SustiNet.[2]


  • California State University, M.P.A.[6]

Political career

Connecticut Comptroller (2011-Present)

Lembo, a Democrat, was elected in November 2010 and took office the following January. Lembo first came up for re-election in 2014 and won a second term, which began January 7, 2015.[2]

Lembo's responsibilities as comptroller include managing the state's accounts payable, performing cost accounting and financial reporting of the state government's activities and monitoring the compliance of other state agencies with accounting procedures.[5]



See also: Connecticut down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Lembo ran for re-election as Connecticut Comptroller in 2014 on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines. He was unopposed in the August 12 Democratic primary and faced two challengers, Sharon McLaughlin (Republican/Independent) and Rolf Maurer (Green Party), in the general election.[7] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Connecticut Controller, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Lembo Incumbent 52.3% 538,280
     Republican Sharon McLaughlin 46% 473,752
     Green Rolf Maurer 1.7% 17,458
Total Votes 1,029,490
Election Results via Connecticut Secretary of State.


On November 2, 2010, Kevin Lembo won election to the office of Connecticut Comptroller. He defeated Jack Orchulli (R), Hugh Dolan (I), Colin D. Bennett (G) and Joshua Katz (L) in the general election.

Connecticut Comptroller, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Lembo 53.6% 577,547
     Republican Jack Orchulli 42.6% 459,474
     Independent Hugh Dolan 1.6% 17,701
     Green Colin D. Bennett 1.2% 13,288
     Libertarian Joshua Katz 1% 10,328
Total Votes 1,078,338
Election Results Via: Connecticut Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lembo is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Lembo raised a total of $1,200,986 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[8]

Kevin Lembo's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 Connecticut Comptroller Won $1,200,986
Grand Total Raised $1,200,986


According to records available as of April 5, 2011, Lembo collected $1,200,854 in donations.[9]

Listed below are the top five contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $1,106,205
Connecticut Democratic Party $11,316
Working Families Party $836
Mansfield Democratic Town Committee $276
Elizabeth A. Bye $139


Lembo currently resides with his partner, Charles Fry, and three children in Guilford, Conn.[2]

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Preceded by
Nancy Wyman (D)
Connecticut Comptroller
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