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 4
Base salary$150,000
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor of Stamford, CT
1995 - 2009
Bachelor'sBoston College
J.D.Boston College Law School
Date of birthJuly 21, 1955
Place of birthStamford, Connecticut
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Dannel Patrick "Dan" Malloy (b. July 21, 1955) is the current Democratic Governor of Connecticut. Prior to beginning his campaign, he was the mayor of Stamford for 14 years, making him the longest serving mayor in the city's history.


Malloy is the youngest of eight children and has six brothers and one sister. He grew up in Stamford, Connecitcut and struggled with dyslexia throughout his childhood. Malloy 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 study law at Boston College's law school.

He 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 mayoral term in 1995.


  • Boston College Law School, JD
  • Boston College, BA

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.[1] 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.[2][3]

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, Malloy favors a ban on large-capacity magazines.[4]

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 from 6% to 6.35%. The Republican legislative minority strongly criticized Malloy and Democratic leaders, calling their plan a "massive and unnecessary tax hike."[5]

Pitch to 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.”

According to Connecticut Education Association president Phil Apruzzese, the call began with 1,500 teachers on the line and by the end at least 3,000 teachers listened while fellow CEA members asked questions. “We know that getting our members mobilized and to the polls is key for a Malloy-Wyman victory,” said Apruzzese at the beginning of the meeting.

"There’s really something at stake in this election,” Malloy said. “There’s a world of difference between me and the guy I’m running against... There’s a difference from myself and Mr. Foley,” he said. “I support what you do.” Malloy said his opponent’s plan to cut $2 billion from the budget won’t make up for the $3.4 billion budget deficit because he would need to cut local aid to make up the rest. “Whether its ECS or town road aid, he’s going after it,” Malloy explained, referring to education cost sharing grants.

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.

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 supports “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. “We’re ranked the fifth worst state in funding our pension obligations.” He said he has not given up on making defined benefit plans – pensions – work. “We can. We know we can,” he said.[6]

Mayor of Samford (1995-2009)

Malloy was first elected Mayor of Samford, CT in 1995 and served an unprecedented 14 years until his election as governor.



See also: Connecticut gubernatorial election, 2014

Malloy is up for re-election in 2014. A report released by Governing in December 2012 named him as one of five governors considered vulnerable to losing re-election in 2013-2014.[7]


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

Malloy 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.

Campaign donors

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.[8] 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.

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