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 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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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, a provision 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 2015, Connecticut is one of 7 Democratic state government trifectas.

See also: Connecticut State Legislature, Connecticut House of Representatives, Connecticut State Senate

Current officeholder

The 88th and current governor of Connecticut is Dan Malloy (D). He was first elected in November 2010 and took office on January 5, 2011. He was re-elected on November 4, 2014.

Malloy, before becoming governor, was mayor of Stamford, Conn., from 1995 to 2009. Prior to that, he served as a member of Stamford'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.


Connecticut state government organizational chart
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, 2018, 2022, 2026, 2030 and 2034 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.

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.'


See also: Connecticut Gubernatorial election, 2014
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDan Malloy/Nancy Wyman Incumbent 50.7% 554,314
     Republican Tom Foley/Heather Somers 48.2% 526,295
     Independent Joe Visconti/Chester Harris 1% 11,456
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 708
Total Votes 1,092,773
Election Results via Connecticut Secretary of State.

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 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)


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State budget

Role in state budget

See also: Connecticut state budget and finances

The state operates on a biennial budget cycle. The sequence of key events in the budget process is as follows:[2][3]

  1. Budget instructions are sent to state agencies in July.
  2. State agencies submit their budget requests to the governor in September.
  3. Agency hearings are held in January.
  4. Public hearings are held from February through June.
  5. The governor submits his or her proposed budget to the state legislature in February.
  6. The legislature adopts a budget in May or June. A simple majority is required to pass a budget.

Connecticut is one of 44 states in which the governor has line item veto authority.[3]

The governor is legally required to submit a balanced budget. Likewise, the legislature must adopt a balanced budget.[3]

Governor's office budget

The budget for the Governor's Office in the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year was $2,769,502.[4]


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

The salaries of Connecticut's elected state executives are determined by law as mandated by the Connecticut Constitution.[5] Article IV, Section 7 of the state constitution also requires all changes in salary to take effect following the next election for the affected offices:

Text of Section 7:

The compensations of the governor and lieutenant-governor shall be established by law, and shall not be varied so as to take effect until after an election, which shall next succeed the passage of the law establishing such compensations.[6]


In 2014, the governor received a salary of $150,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[7]


In 2013, the governor received a salary of $150,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[8]


In 2012, the governor was paid an estimated $150,000, according to the Council of State Governments.


Partisan balance 1992-2013

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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 had 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

SQLI and partisanship

The chart below depicts the partisanship of the Connecticut state government and the state's SQLI ranking for the years studied. For the SQLI, the states were ranked from 1-50, with 1 being the best and 50 the worst. Between the years 1992 and 2005, Connecticut ranked in the top-10 in the SQLI ranking, in the top-5 for twelve of those thirteen years, and ranked 1st in 1992 and 1993. Beginning 2005, Connecticut dropped out of the top-10 and began a trend downward until hitting its lowest spot during the period of the study (33rd in 2012). Connecticut had divided government for eighteen years before having a Democratic trifecta in 2011. The state’s greatest decline in the SQLI ranking occurred between 2011 and 2012, when Connecticut dropped fourteen spots in the rankings. Connecticut has never had a Republican trifecta between 1992 and 2012.

  • SQLI average with Democratic trifecta: 26.00
  • SQLI average with Republican trifecta: N/A
  • SQLI average with divided government: 6.63
Chart displaying the partisanship of Connecticut government from 1992-2013 and the State Quality of Life Index (SQLI).

Historical officeholders

There have been 103 Governors of Connecticut since 1639, including 69 after joining the Union in 1788. Since statehood, 31 governors were Republican, 22 were Democratic, seven were Federalist, six were Whig, two were Democratic Republican and four were from minor parties.[9]

# Name Term Party
1 Samuel Huntington Federalist
2 Oliver Wolcott Federalist
3 Jonathan Trumbull, Jr. Federalist
4 John Treadwell Federalist
5 Roger Griswold Federalist
6 John Cotton Smith Federalist
7 Oliver Wolcott, Jr. Democratic Republican
8 Gideon Tomlinson Democratic Republican
9 John S. Peters National Republican
10 Henry W. Edwards Democratic
11 Samuel A. Foot Whig
12 Henry W. Edwards Democratic
13 William W. Ellsworth Whig
14 Chauncey F. Cleveland Democratic
15 Roger S. Baldwin Whig
16 Isaac Toucey Democratic
17 Clark Bissell Whig
18 Joseph Trumbull Whig
19 Thomas H. Seymour Democratic
20 Charles H. Pond Democratic
21 Henry Dutton Whig
22 Wiliam T. Minor American
23 Alexander H. Holley American, Republican
24 William A. Buckingham Republican
25 Joseph R. Hawley
26 James E. English Democratic
27 Marshall Jewell Republican
28 Charles R. Ingersoll Democratic
29 Richard D. Hubbard Democratic
30 Charles B. Andrews Republican
31 Hobart B. Bigelow Republican
32 Thomas M. Waller Democratic
33 Henry B. Harrison Republican
34 Phineas C. Lounsbury Republican
35 Morgan G. Bulkely Republican
36 Luzon B. Morris Democratic
37 O. Vincent Coffin Republican
38 Lorrin A. Cooke Republican
39 George E. Lounsbury Republican
40 George P. McLean Republican
41 Abiram Chamberlain Republican
42 Henry Roberts Republican
43 Rollin S. Woodruff Republican
44 George L. Lilley Republican
45 Frank B. Weeks Republican
46 Simeon E. Baldwin Democratic
47 Marcus H. Holcomb Republican
48 Everett J. Jake Republican
49 Charles A. Templeton Republican
50 Hiram Bingham Republican
51 John H. Trumbull Republican
52 Wilbur L. Cross Democratic
53 Raymond E. Baldwin Republican
54 Robert A. Hurley Democratic
55 Raymond E. Baldwin Republican
56 Wilbert Snow Democratic
57 James L. McConaughy Republican
58 James C. Shannon Republican
59 Chester Bowles Democratic
60 John D. Lodge Republican
61 Abraham A. Ribicoff Democratic
62 John Dempsey Democratic
63 Thomas J. Meskill Republican
64 Ella T. Grasso Democratic
65 William A. O'Neill Democratic
66 Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. A Connecticut
67 John G. Rowland Republican
68 M. Jodi Rell Republican
69 Dan Malloy Democratic

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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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