Present term: January 2007 to January 2011
Election history: Wyman was elected in 1994, succeeding Democrat William Curry. She was re-elected in 1998, 2002 and 2006.
She also was elected to five terms in the state House of Representatives, beginning in 1986.
She is running for lieutenant governor in 2010.
2006 general election
Nancy S. Wyman (D) 651,150 (64 percent)
Cathy Cook (R) 320,520 (32 percent)
Richard C. Connelly Jr. (L) 23,688 (2 percent)
Colin D. Bennett (G) 15,427 (2 percent)
Background: Wyman is the first woman to hold the office of comptroller, a position created in 1786. The comptroller is responsible for overseeing health and retirement benefits for 200,000 state employees and retirees, as well as providing a monthly and year-end analysis of the state’s finances.
Her role as a fiscal monitor has established Wyman in recent years as a voice of caution in the Democratic Party on the state’s unfunded liabilities for pensions and retiree health care. She has been a critic of the state’s early-retirement plans, saying the budget savings are shortlived and the costs to the pension fund are considerable.
In an effort to cut health costs, Wyman has opened the state’s Municipal Employee’s Health Insurance Program to Connecticut’s small businesses, municipalities and non-profit organizations. She is the co-chair of the SustiNet Health Partnership board of directors, which must recommend ways to control costs and improve access to health care by Jan. 1, 2011.
Wyman, who is the second-longest serving statewide constitutional officer after Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, has considered seeking higher office. Oliver Wolcott, the second comptroller, was elected governor in 1796, but the office has been a weak springboard for the past century. Her predecessor, William Curry, did win the Democratic nomination for governor, but he lost to Republican John G. Rowland.
Wyman was enticed in May to give up an easy stroll to re-election and join Dan Malloy, the endorsed Democratic candidate for governor, as his running mate. It was nearly a two-year effort by Malloy to persuade Wyman to join him.
In the House, Wyman was co-chair of the Education Committee. She also was a member of the Tolland Board of Education.
Wyman is married and has two daughters and five grandchildren. She lives in Tolland.
2008 Financial Disclosure: Wyman reported interest and dividend income. Her husband, Michael Wyman, had income from the town of Tolland and the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts.
She and her husband owned shares in five mutual funds, plus stock in John Hancock and Citigroup.
Wyman voluntarily disclosed a debt of more than $10,000 to Bank of America.
A note on financial disclosure: Every spring, officials are required to disclose the ownership of real estate, the source of any income exceeding $1,000 in the previous calendar year and securities worth more than $5,000. They also are required to file an addendum in which they report any debt of more than $10,000; this may by law be kept confidential.