Guide to Connecticut Politics & Government

Our guide to politics and government has entries on 200 elected officials, and is expanding to include top appointed officials in state government. Click on the categories below to learn more about members of the General Assembly, the state’s congressional delegation and its statewide constitutional officers.


U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and U.S. Reps. John B. Larson of the 1st District, Joe Courtney of the 2nd, Rosa L. DeLauro of the 3rd, Jim Himes of the 4th, and Elizabeth Esty of the 5th comprise the state delegation.

All are Democrats. Republicans held three of the five House seats until wins by Courtney and Murphy in 2006. Himes completed the sweep in 2008. Blumenthal was elected in November 2010 to replace the retiring Sen. Chris Dodd, while Murphy won the race to succeed the retiring Sen. Joseph Lieberman in 2012. Esty succeeded Murphy in the 5th.

Constitutional Officers

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman are the first Democrats in 20 years to hold the state’s top two offices. Three more of the statewide constitutional officers are new as well: Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, Comptroller Kevin Lembo and Attorney General George Jepsen.  Treasurer Denise L. Nappier is the only statewide official who sought re-election in 2010. Their terms are four years.

State Senate

Democrats outnumber Republicans in the Senate, 22 to 14.

The Senate leaders are President Pro Tempore Donald E. Williams Jr. of Brooklyn, Majority Leader Martin M. Looney of New Haven and Minority Leader John P. McKinney of Fairfield. Senate terms are two years.

State House of Representatives

Democrats outnumber Republicans in the House, 99 to 52.

The House leaders are Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey of Hamden, Majority Leader Joseph Aresimowicz of Berlin and Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr. of Norwalk. House terms are two years.

Executive Branch Officials

The top appointed official in the Malloy Administration is his chief of staff, Mark Ojakian. The governor also appoints the heads of 23 major agencies.