Governor of Connecticut

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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, calls for a four-year term for the 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.

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 acted as 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.

Current officer

The 88th and current governor of Connecticut is Democrat Dan Malloy, elected in the 2010 midterms.

His wife, Cathy Malloy, is the First Lady of Connecticut.


The state Constitution addresses the office of the governor in Article IV, the Executive Department.

Under Article IV, Section 5:

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


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 12, 2011 and January 14, 2015 are inaugural days.


Vacancies are addressed under 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.

When the office of the lieutenant governor is vacant, it shall be filled the President Pro Tempore of the Connecticut State Senate.

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

See also

External links

Office of the Governor of Connecticut website


Portions of this article were adapted from Wikipedia.