Dannel Patrick Malloy, the youngest of eight children, was born in Stamford, Connecticut on July 21, 1955. Growing up, he struggled to overcome learning and physical disabilities, eventually gaining the skills he needed to go on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Boston College and continue on to Boston College Law School. In 1982, Governor Malloy married his wife, Cathy, whom he met while at Boston College.
Governor Malloy became a prosecutor in Brooklyn, New York, serving for four years as an Assistant District Attorney where he won 22 convictions in 23 felony cases--four of them homicides. Returning home to Stamford, he served on the Boards of Finance and Education before running for Mayor and winning in a landslide victory in 1995.
Governor Malloy was Stamford's longest serving Mayor, serving for 14 years from 1995 to 2009. Under his leadership, Stamford underwent a drastic transformation and became one of the country's top ten most livable cities, according to Forbes magazine. He brought nearly 5,000 new jobs to the city, led the fight for more affordable housing, championed transportation efforts such as the Stamford Urban Transitway, and helped to reduce the crime rate by 60 percent. He also implemented the first city-wide pre-kindergarten program, ensuring all four year olds could attend school regardless of their parents' financial situation.
On November 2, 2010, Dannel P. Malloy was elected the 88th Governor of the State of Connecticut and the first governor to have been elected under the state's clean elections program. He is committed to strengthening the state's economy, growing Connecticut businesses, and bringing jobs back to cities and towns.
Governor Malloy is a former trustee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a former President of the Connecticut Council of Municipalities, and a former member of the Stamford Cultural Development Organization.
While they live in Hartford, the Governor and Mrs. Malloy call Stamford home. Mrs. Malloy, a sexual assault and rape crisis center director, and the Governor have been active in Stamford community and involved in various charities and outreach organizations. They have three sons, Dannel, Ben, and Sam.