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{{GovLgov}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Governor of Connecticut''' is the head of the executive branch of [[Connecticut|Connecticut's]] government and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor has a duty to enforce state laws, and the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the [[Connecticut Legislature]] and to convene the legislature. Unusual among U.S. governors, the Governor of Connecticut has no power to pardon.
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|State = Connecticut
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|Office=Governor
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|Office type = Partisan
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|Image =Seal of Connecticut.png
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|Office website = http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/site/default.asp
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|Budget =2,769,502 
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|Budget year = 2012-2013
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|Term limits = None
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|Length of term =4 years
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|Authority =[[Article IV, Connecticut Constitution#Section 5|Connecticut Constitution, Article IV, Section 5]]
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|Selected =Elected
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|Current officeholder =Dan Malloy
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|Partisan =Democratic
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|Officeholder image = Dan Malloy.jpg
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|Assumed office = January 5, 2011
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|Compensation = 150,000
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|Next election =[[Connecticut gubernatorial election, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Last election= November 2, 2010
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|Other offices =[[Governor of Connecticut|Governor]]•[[Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut|Lieutenant Governor]]•[[Connecticut Secretary of State|Secretary of State]]•[[Attorney General of Connecticut|Attorney General]]•[[Connecticut Treasurer|Treasurer]]•[[Connecticut Comptroller|Comptroller]]•[[Connecticut Commissioner of Education|Commissioner of Education]]•[[Connecticut Commissioner of Agriculture|Agriculture Commissioner]]•[[Connecticut Commissioner of Insurance|Insurance Commissioner]]•[[Connecticut Commissioner of Environmental Protection|Energy & Environmental Protection Commissioner]]•[[Connecticut Commissioner of Labor|Labor Commissioner]]•[[Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority|Public Utilities Regulatory Authority]]}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Governor of the State of Connecticut''' is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch, and the highest state office in Connecticut.
  
The current [[Connecticut Constitution]], ratified in 1965, calls for a four-year term for the [[Governor|governor]], commencing on the Wednesday after the first Monday in the January following an election. The previous constitution of 1818 originally had only a one-year term for governor; this was increased to two years in 1875, and four years in 1948. The 1875 amendment also set the start date of the term to its current date; before then, it was the first Wednesday in the May following an election.
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The current [[Connecticut Constitution]], ratified in 1965, establishes a four-year term for the [[Governor|governor]], commencing on the Wednesday after the first Monday in the January following an election.
  
The constitution provides for the election of a [[Connecticut Lieutenant Governor|lieutenant governor]], for the same term as the governor. The two offices are elected on the same ticket; this provision was added in 1962. In the event of a vacancy in the office of governor, the lieutenant governor becomes governor. Before the adoption of the 1965 constitution, the lieutenant governor only acted as governor.
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The constitution provides for the election of a [[Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut|lieutenant governor]], for the same term as the governor. The two offices are elected on the same ticket; this provision was added in 1962. In the event of a vacancy in the office of governor, the lieutenant governor becomes governor. Before the adoption of the 1965 constitution, the lieutenant governor only served as acting governor.
  
Connecticut did not create a state constitution for itself until several decades after it became a state; until 1818, the state operated under the provisions of its colonial charter. The charter called for the election of a governor every year, but not more than once every two years, with the term commencing on the second Thursday in May.
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{{State trifecta status|state=Connecticut|control=Democratic}}
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==Current officeholder==
  
The current governor of Connecticut is [[Democrat]] [[Dan Malloy]].
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The 88th and current governor of Connecticut is [[Democrat]] [[Dan Malloy]]. He was first elected in November 2010 and took office on January 5, 2011. He will come up for re-election in 2014 and his current term will end on January 7, 2015.
  
==Contact information==
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Malloy, before becoming governor, was mayor of Stamford, CT from 1995 to 2009 and, prior to that, a member of the town's Boards of Finance and Education. Before entering politics, he was 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. He and his wife, Cathy, have three sons.<ref>[http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/view.asp?a=4011&q=471134 ''Office of the Governor of Connecticut'', "Bio of Dannel Malloy," accessed July 22, 2011.]</ref>
  
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==Authority==
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The [[Connecticut Constitution|state constitution]] establishes the office of the governor in [[Article IV, Connecticut Constitution|Article IV, the Executive Department]].
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'''[[Article IV, Connecticut Constitution#Section 5|Connecticut Constitution, Article IV, Section 5]]'''
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''The supreme executive power of the state shall be vested in the governor.''
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==Qualifications==
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All gubernatorial candidates must be at least 30 years old and a registered voter and resident of Connecticut on the day of the election (§ 5).
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'''[[Article IV, Connecticut Constitution#Section 5|Connecticut Constitution, Article IV, Section 5]]'''
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''The supreme executive power of the state shall be vested in the governor. No person who is not an elector of the state, and who has not arrived at the age of thirty years, shall be eligible. ''
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==Elections==
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:: ''See also: [[Governor#Gubernatorial election cycles by state|Gubernatorial election cycles by state]]''
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:: ''See also: [[Governor#Election of governors|Election of governors]]''
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Connecticut elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Connecticut, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Wednesday following the first Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 5, 2011 and January 7, 2015 are inaugural days.
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'''[[Article IV, Connecticut Constitution#Section 1|Connecticut Constitution, Article IV, Section 1]]'''
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''A general election for governor, lieutenant-governor, secretary of the state, treasurer and comptroller shall be held on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November, 1966, and quadrennially thereafter.''
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'''[[Article IV, Connecticut Constitution#Section 1|Connecticut Constitution, Article IV, Section 1]]'''
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''Such officers shall hold their respective offices from the Wednesday following the first Monday of the January next succeeding their election until the Wednesday following the first Monday of the fifth January succeeding their election and until their successors are duly qualified.'''
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===Term limits===
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:: ''See also: [[States with gubernatorial term limits]]''
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Connecticut governors do not face any term limits.
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===Partisan composition===
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The chart below shows the partisan breakdown of Connecticut State Governors from 1992-2013.<br>
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[[File:Governor of Connecticut Partisanship.PNG]]
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==Vacancies==
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:: ''See also: [[How gubernatorial vacancies are filled]]''
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The vacancy procedure for the office of governor [[Article IV, Connecticut Constitution#Section 18|Article IV, Sections 18, 19, and 21]].
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Under any circumstances where the elected governor is unable or unwilling to discharge the office, the elected lieutenant governor shall, as soon as he takes the oath of office, become the governor and hold the office until the next regularly scheduled election.
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==Duties==
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The Governor of Connecticut is responsible for upholding the constitution and faithfully executing all laws (Article 5, § 12), is the head of Connecticut's military forces at all times other than when those forces have been called into national service (§ 8).  Under § 11, he must periodically address the joint session of the legislature, with details of the current state of Connecticut's affairs and his suggestions for policy.
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§ 13 gives the governor the prerogative to grant reprieves after conviction.  However, Connecticut stands out for other states in that governor does not have the ability to grant pardons.  Additionally, his right to grant reprieves does not extend to cases of impeachment.
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Under § 15 and § 16, the governor has a veto on all bills, including appropriations, subject to a supermajority override by the legislature.
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Other duties and privileges of the office include:
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* adjourning the legislature when the body cannot agree on a time to adjourn itself, until a date he deems proper (§ 10)
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* requiring written reports from any and all officers of the Executive branch on any aspect of that officer's job (§ 9)
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* authorizing and signing all commissions given by the state of Connecticut (§ 14)
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==Divisions==
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==State budget==
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The budget for the Governor's Office in the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year was $2,769,502.<ref>[http://www.ct.gov/opm/lib/opm/budget/2012_2013_biennial_budget/section_b_budgetsummary.pdf ''Connecticut Office of Policy and Management Budget Documents,'' "20132-2013 Biennium Governor's Budget," accessed May 28, 2013]</ref>
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==Compensation==
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::''See also: [[Comparison of gubernatorial salaries]] and [[Compensation of state executive officers]]''
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The governor's salary is set by law.  If it is raised or decreased, that change must be passed into law and does not take effect until the first election held after the law's passage.
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===2013===
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In 2013, the governor's salary remained at $150,000.<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/drupal/content/csg-releases-2013-governor-salaries ''Council of State Governments,'' "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries," June 25, 2013]</ref>
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===2012===
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In 2012, the Connecticut Governor was paid an estimated [[Compensation of state executive officers|$150,000]]. This figure comes from the [[Council of State Governments]].
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==History==
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===Partisan balance 1992-2013===
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::''See also: [[Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States]] and [[Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Connecticut]]''
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[[File:Connecticut gubernatorial pie chart 1992-2013.png|thumb|Partisan breakdown of the Connecticut governorship from 1992-2013]]
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From 1992-2013, there were Democratic governors in office for three years while there were Republican governors in office for 16 years.  During the final three years, Connecticut was under Democratic [[trifectas]].
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Across the country, there were 493 years of Democratic governors (44.82%) and 586 years of Republican governors (53.27%) from 1992-2013.
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Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.
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The chart below shows the partisan composition of the [[Governor of Connecticut|Office of the Governor of Connecticut]], the [[Connecticut State Senate]] and the [[Connecticut House of Representatives]] from 1992-2013.
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[[File:Partisan composition of Connecticut state government(1992-2013).PNG]]
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==Historical officeholders==
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There have been 103 Governors of Connecticut since 1639. Of the 103 officeholders, 31 had unknown political affiliations, 31 were Republican, 22 were Democratic, 7 were Federalist, 6 were Whig, 2 were Jeffersonian Republican, 1 was A Connecticut Party, 1 was National Republican, 1 was American Republican and 1 was American.<ref>[http://www.cslib.org/gov/ ''Connecticut State Library,'' "Roster of Connecticut Governors," accessed August 2, 2013]</ref>
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| 1||John Haynes|| 1639|| Unknown  
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| 2||Edward Hopkins|| 1640|| Unknown  
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| 3||John Haynes ||1641 || Unknown  
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| 4||George Wyllys ||1642||Unknown 
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| 5||John Haynes ||1643 || Unknown  
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| 6||Edward Hopkins ||1644|| Unknown  
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| 7||John Haynes||1645 ||Unknown  
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| 8||Edward Hopkins||1646|| Unknown  
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| 9||John Haynes||1647||Unknown  
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| 10||Edward Hopkins||1648||Unknown  
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| 11||John Haynes||1649||Unknown  
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| 12||Edward Hopkins||1650 || Unknown  
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| 13||John Haynes||1651|| Unknown  
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| 14||Edward Hopkins ||1652 || Unknown  
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| 15||John Haynes || 1653 || Unknown  
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| 16||Edward Hopkins || 1654 || Unknown  
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| 17||Thomas Welles || 1655 || Unknown  
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| 18||John Webster || 1656 || Unknown  
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| 19||John Winthrop Jr. || 1657 || Unknown  
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| 20||Thomas Welles || 1658 || Unknown  
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| 21||John Winthrop Jr. || 1659-1676 || Unknown  
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| 22||William Leete || 1676-1683 || Unknown  
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| 23||Robert Treat || 1683-1698 || Unknown  
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| 24||Fitz-John Winthrop || 1698-1707 || Unknown  
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| 25||Gurdon Saltonstall || 1708-1724 || Unknown  
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| 26||Joseph Talcott || 1724-1741 || Unknown  
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| 27||Jonathan Law || 1741-1750 || Unknown  
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| 28||Roger Wolcott || 1750-1754 || Unknown  
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| 29||Thomas Fitch ||1754-1766 || Unknown  
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| 30||William Pitkin || 1766-1769 || Unknown  
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| 31||Jonathan Trumbull || 1769-1784 || Unknown  
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| 32||Matthew Griswold || 1784-1786 || Federalist  
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| 33||Samuel Huntington || 1786-1796 || Federalist  
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| 34||Oliver Wolcott || 1796-1797 || Federalist  
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| 35||Jonathan Trumbull, Jr.|| 1797-1809||Federalist  
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| 36||John Treadwell || 1809-1811 || Federalist  
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| 37||Roger Griswold || 1811-1812 || Federalist  
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| 38||John Cotton Smith || 1812-1817 || Federalist  
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| 39||Oliver Wolcott, Jr.|| 1817-1827 || Jeffersonian Republican
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| 40||Gideon Tomlinson|| 1827-1831 || Jeffersonian Republican
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| 41||John S. Peters|| 1831-1833 || National Republican
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| 42||Henry W. Edwards || 1833-1834 || {{blue dot}}
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| 43||Samuel A. Foot || 1834-1835 || Whig
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| 44||Henry W. Edwards || 1835-1838 || {{blue dot}}
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| 45||William W. Ellsworth|| 1838-1842 || Whig
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| 46||Chauncey F. Cleveland|| 1842-1844 || {{blue dot}}
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| 47||Roger S. Baldwin || 1844-1846 || Whig
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| 48||Isaac Toucey || 1846-1847 || {{blue dot}}
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| 49||Clark Bissell || 1847-1849 || Whig
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| 50||Joseph Trumbull|| 1849-1850 || Whig
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| 51||Thomas H. Seymour || 1850-1853 || {{blue dot}}
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| 52||Charles H. Pond|| 1853-1854 || {{blue dot}}
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| 53||Henry Dutton || 1854-1855 || Whig
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| 54||William T. Minor || 1855-1857 || American
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| 55||Alexander H. Holley|| 1857-1858 || American Republican
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| 56||William A. Buckingham|| 1858-1866 || {{red dot}}
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| 57||Joseph R. Hawley || 1866-1867 || {{red dot}}
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| 58||James E. English || 1867-1869 || {{blue dot}}
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| 59||Marshall Jewell || 1869-1870 || {{red dot}}
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| 60||James E. English|| 1870-1871 || {{blue dot}}
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| 61||Marshall Jewell || 1871-1872 || {{red dot}}
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| 62||Charles R. Ingersoll|| 1873-1877 || {{blue dot}}
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| 63||Richard D. Hubbard|| 1877-1879 || {{blue dot}}
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| 64||Charles B. Andrews|| 1879-1881 || {{red dot}}
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| 65||Hobart B. Bigelow|| 1881-1883 || {{red dot}}
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| 66||Thomas M. Waller|| 1883-1885 || {{blue dot}}
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| 67||Henry B. Harrison|| 1885-1887 || {{red dot}}
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==Recent news==
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==Contact information==
 
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==See also==
 
==See also==
 
* [[Dan Malloy|Governor of Connecticut Dan Malloy]]
 
* [[Dan Malloy|Governor of Connecticut Dan Malloy]]
* [[Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut]]
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* [[Connecticut Attorney General]]
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==External links==
 
==External links==
[http://www.ct.gov/governorrell/site/default.asp Office of the Governor of Connecticut website]
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*[http://www.ct.gov/governorrell/site/default.asp Office of the Governor of Connecticut website]
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Governor_of_Connecticut ''Wikipedia'', Governor of Connecticut]
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Revision as of 17:14, 2 August 2013

Connecticut Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $2,769,502
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Connecticut Constitution, Article IV, Section 5
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Dan Malloy.jpg
Name:  Dan Malloy
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 5, 2011
Compensation:  $150,000
Elections
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
Other Connecticut Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerComptrollerCommissioner of EducationAgriculture CommissionerInsurance CommissionerEnergy & Environmental Protection CommissionerLabor CommissionerPublic Utilities Regulatory Authority
The Governor of the State of Connecticut is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch, and the highest state office in Connecticut.

The current Connecticut Constitution, ratified in 1965, establishes a four-year term for the governor, commencing on the Wednesday after the first Monday in the January following an election.

The constitution provides for the election of a lieutenant governor, for the same term as the governor. The two offices are elected on the same ticket; this provision was added in 1962. In the event of a vacancy in the office of governor, the lieutenant governor becomes governor. Before the adoption of the 1965 constitution, the lieutenant governor only served as acting governor.

As of September 2014, Connecticut is one of 13 Democratic state government trifectas.

Current officeholder

The 88th and current governor of Connecticut is Democrat Dan Malloy. He was first elected in November 2010 and took office on January 5, 2011. He will come up for re-election in 2014 and his current term will end on January 7, 2015.

Malloy, before becoming governor, was mayor of Stamford, CT from 1995 to 2009 and, prior to that, a member of the town's Boards of Finance and Education. Before entering politics, he was 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. He and his wife, Cathy, have three sons.[1]

Authority

The state constitution establishes the office of the governor in Article IV, the Executive Department.

Connecticut Constitution, Article IV, Section 5

The supreme executive power of the state shall be vested in the governor.

Qualifications

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All gubernatorial candidates must be at least 30 years old and a registered voter and resident of Connecticut on the day of the election (§ 5).

Connecticut Constitution, Article IV, Section 5

The supreme executive power of the state shall be vested in the governor. No person who is not an elector of the state, and who has not arrived at the age of thirty years, shall be eligible.

Elections

See also: Gubernatorial election cycles by state
See also: Election of governors

Connecticut elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Connecticut, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Wednesday following the first Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 5, 2011 and January 7, 2015 are inaugural days.

Connecticut Constitution, Article IV, Section 1

A general election for governor, lieutenant-governor, secretary of the state, treasurer and comptroller shall be held on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November, 1966, and quadrennially thereafter.

Connecticut Constitution, Article IV, Section 1

Such officers shall hold their respective offices from the Wednesday following the first Monday of the January next succeeding their election until the Wednesday following the first Monday of the fifth January succeeding their election and until their successors are duly qualified.'

Term limits

See also: States with gubernatorial term limits

Connecticut governors do not face any term limits.

Partisan composition

The chart below shows the partisan breakdown of Connecticut State Governors from 1992-2013.
Governor of Connecticut Partisanship.PNG

Vacancies

See also: How gubernatorial vacancies are filled

The vacancy procedure for the office of governor Article IV, Sections 18, 19, and 21.

Under any circumstances where the elected governor is unable or unwilling to discharge the office, the elected lieutenant governor shall, as soon as he takes the oath of office, become the governor and hold the office until the next regularly scheduled election.

Duties

Connecticut

The Governor of Connecticut is responsible for upholding the constitution and faithfully executing all laws (Article 5, § 12), is the head of Connecticut's military forces at all times other than when those forces have been called into national service (§ 8). Under § 11, he must periodically address the joint session of the legislature, with details of the current state of Connecticut's affairs and his suggestions for policy.

§ 13 gives the governor the prerogative to grant reprieves after conviction. However, Connecticut stands out for other states in that governor does not have the ability to grant pardons. Additionally, his right to grant reprieves does not extend to cases of impeachment.

Under § 15 and § 16, the governor has a veto on all bills, including appropriations, subject to a supermajority override by the legislature.

Other duties and privileges of the office include:

  • adjourning the legislature when the body cannot agree on a time to adjourn itself, until a date he deems proper (§ 10)
  • requiring written reports from any and all officers of the Executive branch on any aspect of that officer's job (§ 9)
  • authorizing and signing all commissions given by the state of Connecticut (§ 14)

Divisions

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State budget

The budget for the Governor's Office in the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year was $2,769,502.[2]

Compensation

See also: Comparison of gubernatorial salaries and Compensation of state executive officers

The governor's salary is set by law. If it is raised or decreased, that change must be passed into law and does not take effect until the first election held after the law's passage.

2013

In 2013, the governor's salary remained at $150,000.[3]

2012

In 2012, the Connecticut Governor was paid an estimated $150,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

History

Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Connecticut
Partisan breakdown of the Connecticut governorship from 1992-2013

From 1992-2013, there were Democratic governors in office for three years while there were Republican governors in office for 16 years. During the final three years, Connecticut was under Democratic trifectas.

Across the country, there were 493 years of Democratic governors (44.82%) and 586 years of Republican governors (53.27%) from 1992-2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Connecticut, the Connecticut State Senate and the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1992-2013. Partisan composition of Connecticut state government(1992-2013).PNG

Historical officeholders

There have been 103 Governors of Connecticut since 1639. Of the 103 officeholders, 31 had unknown political affiliations, 31 were Republican, 22 were Democratic, 7 were Federalist, 6 were Whig, 2 were Jeffersonian Republican, 1 was A Connecticut Party, 1 was National Republican, 1 was American Republican and 1 was American.[4]

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Contact information

Office of the Governor
State Capitol
210 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

Tel: 860-566-4840
Toll-Free: 800-406-1527
TDD: 860-524-7397

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