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Dannel Malloy
The 88th and current Governor of Connecticut.


Dannel Malloy Biography

ENG:  Dannel Patrick "Dan" Malloy (born July 21, 1955) is the 88th and current Governor of Connecticut. Malloy had been endorsed by the Connecticut Democratic Party on May 22, 2010 over 2006 Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ned Lamont, and won the Connecticut Democratic gubernatorial primary on August 10, 2010. He was the Mayor of Stamford, Connecticut from December 1995 until December 2009. He became the longest serving mayor of the city during his fourteen years in that position. Immediately prior to his terms as mayor, Malloy had been a partner in a law firm in Stamford, Connecticut. He had also volunteered his service to the City as an elected member of the Board of Education and Board of Finance.


Dannel Patrick Malloy was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. Malloy is the seventh of seven sons and youngest of the eight children of William F. and Agnes Egan Malloy. As a child, Malloy suffered from learning disabilities and difficulties with motor coordination. He did not learn to tie his shoes until the fifth grade and was considered mentally retarded by his elementary school teachers. Malloy was eventually diagnosed with dyslexia and learned the skills necessary to succeed academically. He does not write or type, and rarely reads from notes in public, but developed an extraordinarily useful memory.He graduated magna cum laude from Boston College, where he met his wife Cathy, and later earned his law degree from Boston College Law School. He and his wife have been married since 1982. Cathy Malloy is the Executive Director of the Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education serving lower Fairfield County (Greenwich through Weston and Wilton). The couple has three sons. Ben, Dannel, and Sam. After passing the bar exam, Malloy served as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York from 1980 to 1984. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Malloy tried 23 felony cases, four of them homicides, and won 22 convictions. He was subsequently a partner in the Stamford law firm of Abate and Fox from 1984-95.


Malloy served on the Stamford Board of Finance from 1983 to 1994. In 1995, he ran successfully for Mayor of Stamford, upsetting Republican incumbent Stanley Esposito.The city’s work with public education has earned it three “City Livability Awards” from the United States Conference of Mayors.In his 14 years served as mayor of Stamford, the city has greatly improved, being cited as the 9th most livable city in the United States.Malloy has made crime reduction a priority during his administration; Stamford is currently ranked as the 9th safest city in the United States and 3rd safest in the Northeast regionand for the past six years has ranked in the top 11 safest cities with populations of 100,000 or more, according to the FBI.Malloy wrote a blog known as "The Blog That Works" until mid-January 2010.


2006 race for Governor

In 2004, Malloy was the first candidate to announce his bid for the Democratic Party nomination for Governor of Connecticut. In a major upset in Malloy’s favor, he received the convention endorsement of the Democratic Party on May 20, 2006 by one vote. Malloy lost in the primary election, to New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. on August 8, 2006. Of more than 265,000 votes cast, only about 4,000 votes separated the two candidates.


2010 race for Governor

On February 3, 2009, Dan Malloy officially filed paperwork with Connecticut's State Elections Enforcement Commission to form a gubernatorial exploratory committee,and subsequently announced that he did not intend to seek re-election as Mayor of Stamford.On March 9, 2010, Malloy filed the required paperwork to officially run for governor.Malloy received the Democratic Party's endorsement for Governor on May 22, 2010 in a 68-32 vote over 2006 Democratic senatorial candidate Ned Lamont.Connecticut's Democratic Party rules allow any candidate who received more than 15% of the vote at its nominating convention to challenge the endorsed candidate for the nomination in a primary, and Lamont announced that he would challenge Malloy in the gubernatorial primary. The primary was held on August 10, 2010. Malloy won with 58% of the vote, according to AP-reported unofficial results.According to preliminary numbers, he beat Lamont 101,354 to 73,875.After trailing in the polls, Malloy made what the Connecticut Post termed a "stunning comeback", and "won big".As a Democratic candidate for Governor prior to the Democratic state convention and subsequent primary, Malloy chose Nancy Wyman to be his running mate. Wyman is the only woman elected State Comptroller since the office was created in 1786. Malloy's choice was confirmed by the Democratic nominating convention on May 22, and Wyman became the official 2010 Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor when she defeated primary opponent Mary Glassman on August 10. After the primaries, candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor run together as a team on a single ticket. Thus, Malloy and Wyman were both elected on November 2, 2010. Malloy faced Republican Tom Foley, the former United States Ambassador to Ireland under President George W. Bush, in the race for governor. In the last Quinnipiac University poll released on the morning before Election Day, Malloy trailed Foley 48% to 45%. According to The New York Times on November 3, Malloy was officially elected governor; they later placed Foley in the lead with no declared winner. The Associated Press had at one point also placed Foley ahead by 8,424 votes because they hadn't added the votes from New Haven or Bridgeport at that time. In the days following the election, there was controversy over several polling locations in Bridgeport remaining open until 10 p.m. on Election Day due to ballot shortages. Foley's team looked into the events that took place in Bridgeport and determined that there was no fraud involved.

Governor of Connecticut

Malloy was sworn in as the 88th Governor of Connecticut on January 5, 2011, succeeding Republican Governor Jodi Rell. The immediate challenge facing Malloy upon taking office was addressing a multibillion deficit as a result of the prior state budget enacted by the legislature which Rell chose to accept without signing.Malloy adopted what he called an agenda of "shared sacrifice" which was dependent on increases in various taxes, including the income tax, the gas tax, the sales tax, and the estate tax, as well as $1 billion each year in union concessions.Malloy chose not to reduce aid to municipalities as part of his budget agenda,although such aid was jeopardized if labor concessions were not reached.Many of Malloy's proposed tax increases were unpopulardespite a statewide "listening tour" to promote the budget.Malloy is a frequent critic of Republican Governors in other states. On February 27, 2011 he said the Wisconsin legislation on collective bargaining proposed by Governor Scott Walker was "un-American". Earlier in the month he had criticised the budget cutting agenda of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, claiming "hopefully I take a slightly more intellectual approach to this discussion than Governor Christie has demonstrated". Malloy himself called himself the "anti-Christie" In addition, Malloy's administration also did not favor the local government aid reductions used by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo to balance the New York budget.


Source: wikipedia

May 11th, 2011


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