Dannel Malloy was sworn in as the 88th governor of Connecticut on January 5, 2011, and was sworn in for his second term on January 7, 2015.
Malloy earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston College, receiving magna cum laude honors as an undergraduate. He then went on to Boston College Law School, and after passing the bar, worked as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, New York, from 1980-1984. He earned 22 convictions on the 23 felony cases he tried as a Brooklyn prosecutor.
After returning to his hometown of Stamford, Connecticut, he served on the boards of finance and education before being elected as mayor of Stamford in 1995. He held that office for 14 years, and in that time he instituted improvements in transportation, education and crime prevention that helped put Stamford on the Forbes’ list of the country’s top ten most livable cities.
As governor, he has worked to close the nation’s largest per-capita deficit and stabilize the state’s finances. By spearheading a wide range of economic development initiatives, Malloy has made positive steps both to create and retain thousands of jobs in Connecticut. Under his leadership, the state has ushered in a series of policies aimed at addressing income inequality, including becoming the first state in the nation to pass a minimum wage increase to $10.10 an hour and the first to pass legislation guaranteeing paid sick leave for workers.
He and his wife Cathy had three sons Dannel, Ben and Sam.