Governor of Connecticut

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Connecticut Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $2,769,502
Term limits:  None
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
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
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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 May 2013, 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]


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.


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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.


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


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.



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)

State budget

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


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


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


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


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

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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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