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.
Cathy Malloy, first lady of Connecticut, is a dedicated and compassionate community leader, manager and mother who has devoted her life to helping others.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Mrs. Malloy is a twin and the youngest of six children. She graduated from Boston College in 1977 and worked in the restaurant and hospitality industry for more than 20 years. After leaving the restaurant business, Mrs. Malloy became vice president of development for the United Way of Greenwich and Stamford.
The first lady formerly served as executive director of the Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education. In that position, Mrs. Malloy made a significant impact on every aspect of the nonprofit organization, including raising funds and adding education as a critical component to the center’s crisis counseling services. She has been a strong advocate for vulnerable populations at risk of sexual assault, including persons with disabilities, homeless men and women, drug and alcohol addicts and victims of human trafficking.
A passionate supporter of the arts, Mrs. Malloy is currently employed as the CEO of the Greater Hartford Arts Council. She has served as chair of the Stamford Arts in Education initiative and as a board member of the Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra and the Stamford Center for the Arts. She also has served on the advisory boards of the Stamford Museum and Nature Center and the State of Connecticut Victim Advocate.
The first lady and her husband, Governor Dan Malloy, met when they were college students. The Malloys were married in 1982 and have three sons: Dannel, Ben and Sam.