Tom Foley

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Tom Foley
Tom Foley Photo.jpg
Date of primaryAugust 12, 2014
Candidate for
Governor of Connecticut
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
29th U.S. Ambassador to Ireland
High schoolPhillips Academy
Bachelor'sHarvard University
Master'sHarvard Business School
BirthdayJanuary 9, 1952
ProfessionBusiness executive and owner
Personal website
Campaign website
Thomas Coleman Foley (b. January 9, 1952) is a Republican candidate for Governor of Connecticut in the 2014 elections.[1][2] He is seeking the party's nomination in the primary election on August 12, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Foley last sought the governor's office in 2010. After winning the Republican primary, he faced current incumbent Gov. Democrat Dan Malloy in the general election on November 2, 2010. Foley, along with his running mate for lieutenant governor, Mark D. Boughton, lost the election by a narrow margin of about 6,200 votes, or approximately one half of one percentage point.[3][4] Rather than team up with Foley for a second time in 2014, Boughton opted to make his own bid for governor. The two will square off this August for the GOP primary nod.

From 2006-2009, Foley served as the 29th United States Ambassador to Ireland under President George W. Bush.[5][4] He has also worked for the Department of Defense and Department of State.


Foley grew up in a family of six children and attended Phillips Academy for high school. At 17, he took a year off from school to travel the country while supporting himself through various manual labor jobs. He worked construction as well as on an assembly line at a canning factory. During that year, he traveled to Alaska and joined a union.[4]

Foley earned both a bachelor's degree and M.B.A. from Harvard University. At Harvard, he played for the school's rugby team. Upon completing his education, Foley worked first with McKinsey & Company and then at Citicorp Venture Capital. He left the latter group in 1985 to found the NTC Group, an investment management company in Greenwich, Connecticut.

The NTC Group consulted with struggling businesses to design turnaround plans. The firm grew to employ 6,000 people before it ultimately went bankrupt. In addition, Foley owned South Carolina-based Stevens Aviation, which he bought in 1989.[5]

Aside from his experience as a businessman, Foley's services have been employed on several occasions by the U.S. government. Perhaps best known for his three-year posting as United States Ambassador to Ireland from 2006-2009, Foley had previously spent time in Iraq, between 2003 and 2004, leading efforts to restore the country's economy, and was consequently awarded with the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award.[4]


  • Phillips Academy
  • B.A. Harvard University
  • M.B.A. - Harvard Business School

On The Issues Vote Match

Tom Foley's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members 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, Foley is a Moderate Libertarian Conservative. Foley received a score of 45 percent on personal issues and 63 percent on economic issues.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name

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On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Unknown Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Unknown Comfortable with same-sex marriage Favors
Vouchers for school choice Unknown Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Favors Human needs over animal rights Unknown
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Unknown Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated in June 23, 2014.[6]



See also: Connecticut Gubernatorial election, 2014

Foley is running for Governor of Connecticut in 2014.[1] He is seeking the Republican nomination in the August 12 primary election for the right to a rematch with Democratic incumbent Dan Malloy in the general election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[2][7]

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.[8] An early report from Governing named him among the five incumbents considered most vulnerable to losing their seats the 2014 gubernatorial election cycle.[9] In May 2014, Cook Political Report released a new round of 2014 Governors Race Ratings, labeling Connecticut as "Lean D," meaning the race is competitive but the Democrats have an advantage.[10]

Malloy won the governorship in 2010 following a hard-fought general election campaign against Republican Tom Foley. The contest 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.[11] Foley is seeking the GOP nomination again this year, setting the stage for a possible re-match in November.

Campaign media

In "Promising," Foley talks about Connecticut's bright economic potential, citing general plans to create new, fair opportunities and ease residents' financial struggles. - Posted to YouTube 2/2014

After Democrat Bill de Blasio was elected Mayor of New York City in November 2013, Foley's exploratory committee released "Wait A Second," which aimed to lure the city's more conservative residents to Connecticut. - Posted to YouTube 11/2013


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
AVERAGES 41.67% 42.67% 11.67% +/-2.53 1,566.67
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


See also: Connecticut gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010
  • Primary Election

Foley faced Michael Fedele and Oz Grieble in the Republican primary election on August 10, 2010. He won the nomination with 43.0% of the vote.[12]

  • General Election

Despite drawing over 47% of the vote, Foley and running mate Mark D. Boughton were defeated by Democrats Dan Malloy and Nancy Wyman in the general election on November 2, 2010.[3]

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


Foley's first marriage ended in divorce. Since 2009, he has been married to Leslie Fahrenkopf, a vice-president and associate general counsel at News Corporation in New York City. They have three children together as of 2014, including a college-age son, Tom Jr., as well as two-year-old twins, Grace and Reed.[4]

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