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
PredecessorJodi Rell (R)
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 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 race's winner before Malloy finally emerged as the victor.[1]

Malloy will come 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 his mayoral 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 over a Democratic majority in both chambers of the [[Connecticut Legislature|state legislature, since taking office, Malloy has caused friction at times with his characteristically liberal-Democratic approaches to issues such as economy policy and public safety. 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] In the wake of the December 14, 2012 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, a tragedy which compelled states across the nation to re-examine their own gun laws, Malloy signed a highly anticipated gun control package giving Connecticut some of the toughest in the country.[4]

Malloy is eligible for re-election but has not yet announced whether he will seek a second term as governor in the 2014 elections. An early report from Governing named him among the five incumbents considered most vulnerable to losing their seats the 2014 gubernatorial election cycle.[5]


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 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.[6]


  • 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.[7] 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.[8][9]

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.[10]

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.[11]

National Rifle Association 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 is that the gun that was used to kill 26 people on December 14th was legally purchased in the state of Connecticut, even though we had an assault weapons ban.”[12]

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.[6]



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.[13]


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.[14]

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.[16]

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.[17] 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. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 Governor of Connecticut, "Governor Dannel P. Malloy," accessed May 24, 2013
  7. The New York Times, "Most states miss deadline to set up health exchange," December 14, 2012
  8. The New York Times, "Most states miss deadline to set up health exchange," December 14, 2012
  9. The Daily Times, "Governor Susana Martinez to tackle state-based health exchange," January 9, 2013
  10. USA Today, "Where each state stands on gun-control legislation," January 14, 2013
  11. New York Daily News, "Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signs bill with gun-control laws among the toughest in nation," April 4, 2013
  12. PIX 11, "Connecticut governor rips into the NRA," April 7, 2013
  13. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
  14. The Hour, "Secretary of the State: Malloy is governor-elect," November 3, 2010
  15. Connecticut Secretary of State, "2010 General Election Results," accessed January 8, 2013
  16. "Malloy’s pitch to teachers: pensions to stay, binding arbitration a right, Foley would slash funds," Raising Hale, September 22, 2010
  17. Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
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Jodi Rell (R)
Governor of Connecticut
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