Nancy S. Wyman (born April 21, 1946) is an American Democratic Party politician who was the 88th lieutenant governor of Connecticut, from 2011 to 2019. She was state comptroller of Connecticut from 1995 to 2011, and was the first woman elected to that office since it was created in 1786. She currently serves as the Chairwoman of the Connecticut Democratic Party.
|Chair of the Connecticut Democratic Party|
|Assumed office |
February 1, 2019
|Preceded by||Nick Balletto|
|88th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut|
January 5, 2011 – January 9, 2019
|Preceded by||Michael Fedele|
|Succeeded by||Susan Bysiewicz|
|Comptroller of Connecticut|
January 4, 1995 – January 5, 2011
|Preceded by||Bill Curry|
|Succeeded by||Kevin Lembo|
|Born||April 21, 1946|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Education||Long Island College Hospital|
Wyman was born to a Jewish family and grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where her father worked as an accountant and supplemented his income by delivering the New York Daily News. She earned an associate degree in radiological technology from Long Island College Hospital.
Wyman began her career in public service as vice chairperson of the Tolland Board of Education. She served in this post for four years, but was on the board serving in other roles for five additional years. In 1986, she was elected as the State Representative from the 53rd district of Connecticut, serving in this capacity from 1987–1995.
In 1994, Wyman became State Comptroller upon defeating Republican Gene Gavin, a Certified Public Accountant. She succeeded William E. Curry Jr., who did not run for re-election in order to run for governor.
As comptroller, Wyman was the chief fiscal guardian for the State of Connecticut. She oversaw the state health plan for 200,000 state employees, retirees, and their dependents.
Despite the high popularity of Connecticut's last two Republican governors, Wyman has easily won re-election. In 1998 she was challenged by Republican State Representative Christopher R. Scalzo. In 2002, 28-year-old West Haven Republican Justice of the Peace and City Commissioner Steven Mullins presented an easy challenge to Wyman.
Mullins, a real estate manager by profession, was chosen by then-Governor John G. Rowland to challenge Wyman the week of the state Republican Convention. He is the only African-American nominee for state comptroller, Democrat or Republican, in Connecticut history.
Lieutenant Governor (2011–2019)Edit
Democratic candidate for Governor Dan Malloy chose Wyman to be his running mate in the 2010 gubernatorial race. After defeating primary opponent Mary Glassman on August 10, 2010, Wyman became the official 2010 Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor. Malloy and Wyman won a narrow general election.
In 2006, Wyman co-chaired Joe Courtney's campaign for United States Congress against incumbent U.S. Representative Rob Simmons in Connecticut's second Congressional District. Courtney defeated Simmons by a narrow margin.
Wyman is liberal when it comes to social issues. In March 2007, she testified at a public hearing of the State Legislative Judiciary Committee in support of Bill #7395 – "An Act Concerning Marriage Equality." In her opening statement before the committee, she stated, "To violate the rights of a few is to violate the rights of all." The bill supports same-sex marriage rights in Connecticut. In 2008, same-sex marriage became legal in Connecticut by court order.
|Connecticut's Comptroller Election, 1994|
*Wyman was also nominated on the A Connecticut Party line.
|Connecticut's Comptroller Election, 1998|
|Democratic||Nancy Wyman (inc.)||501,266||56.72|
|Connecticut's Comptroller Election, 2002|
|Democratic||Nancy Wyman (inc.)||577,851||62.19|
|Connecticut's Comptroller Election, 2006|
|Democratic||Nancy Wyman (inc.)||651,150||64.42|
|Libertarian||Richard Connelly Jr.||23,688||2.34|
|Green||Colin Daniel Bennett||15,427||1.53|
|Connecticut's Lieutenant Governor Democratic Primary Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Mary Messina Glassman||64,137||36.67|
- Jewish Ledger: "Q & A with… Nancy Wyman - State Comptroller talks about run for Lt. Governor" By Judie Jacobson 2014
- Altimari, Daniela (December 29, 2010). "Nancy Wyman: A Liberal Democrat With Bipartisan Support". The Hartford Courant. Retrieved January 27, 2012.
- nancywyman.com Archived June 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
- "State of Connecticut -Office of the State Comptroller – Nancy S. Wyman – Comptroller". Osc.state.ct.us. April 16, 2010. Archived from the original on November 25, 2010. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
- nancywyman.com Archived January 30, 2013, at Archive.today
- "Connecticut Primaries: Results". Hartford Courant. August 10, 2010. Archived from the original on July 7, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
- "Testimony of State Comptroller Nancy Wyman Before the Judiciary Committee March 26, 2007" (PDF). Office of the State Comptroller. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
| Comptroller of Connecticut
| Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
|Party political offices|
| Chair of the Connecticut Democratic Party