Tom Foley

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Tom Foley
Candidate for
Governor of Connecticut
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Next generalAugust 12, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
29th U.S. Ambassador to Ireland
High schoolPhillips Academy
Bachelor'sHarvard University
Master'sHarvard Business School
Date of birthJanuary 9, 1952
ProfessionBroker and Investment Banker
Personal website
Campaign website
Thomas Coleman Foley (b. January 9, 1952) is a Republican politician and former United States Ambassador to Ireland under President George W. Bush.

Foley was a Republican candidate for Governor of Connecticut in the 2014 elections.[1][2] He sought the party's nomination in primary on August 12. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Foley last sought the governor's office in 2010. He won the Republican nomination but lost to Democrat Dan Malloy in the general election on November 2, 2010.


Foley grew up in a family of six children. At 17, he took a year off from school and went to work in construction and at an assembly line job in a canning factory. During that year, he criscrossed the country, traveling all the way to Alaska. While working in the factory, he also joined a union.

He studied at Harvard for both his undergraduate and master's degrees. While at Harvard, he played for the school's rugby team. Upon completing his education, Foley worked first with McKinsey & Company and then at Citicorp Venture Capital. He left the latter group to found his own company

In 1985, Foley founded NTC Group, a consulting firm that works with struggling businesses to design turnaround plans. Within a decade, NTC group grew to employ 6,000 people. NTC Group ultimately went bankrupt. Foley still owns South Carolina-based Stevens Aviation.


  • Harvard Business School, MBA
  • Harvard University, BA
  • Phillips Academy



See also: Connecticut gubernatorial election, 2014

Foley ran for Governor of Connecticut in 2014.[1] He sought the Republican nomination in the primary on August 12. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[2][3]

Campaign media

"Promising" - Released February 2014

After Democrat Bill de Blasio was elected Mayor in New York City, Foley's exploratory committee released this ad aiming to attract the city's more conservative residents to Connecticut, in "Wait A Second" - Released November 2013


See also: Connecticut gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Foley faced Michael Fedele and Oz Grieble in the August 10 primary, winning with 43.0% of the vote.

Foley faced Democrat Dan Malloy in the general election on November 2, 2010.

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



Foley's first marriage ended in divorce. Since 2009, he has been married to Leslie Fahrenkopf, a vice-president and associate general counsel at News Corporation in New York City. They have one son together.

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