Connecticut State Comptroller

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The State Comptroller is the chief fiscal guardian of the State of Connecticut. The duties and responsibilities of the state comptroller include, among other things, overseeing state accounting, preparing state financial reports, paying and administering benefits to state employees, settling demands against the state that do not first have to be approved or adjusted by the General Assembly, administering miscellaneous appropriations for employee taxes, insurance, and health services, and administering grants to police, firefighters, and municipalities.[1]

Comptrollers in Connecticut are elected to a term of four years, their election taking place in the same cycle as gubernatorial elections.

The current state comptroller is Kevin Lembo, a Democrat who has served since January 5, 2011.


List of comptrollers[edit]

Name Town and political party Term of service Years of service
James Wadsworth Durham, O 1786–88 2 yrs.
Oliver Wolcott Litchfield, O 1788–90 2 yrs.
Ralph Pomeroy Coventry, O 1790–91 1 yr.
Andrew Kingsbury Hartford, O 1791–93 2 yrs.
John Porter Lebanon, O 1793–1806 13 yrs.
Elisha Colt Hartford, O 1806–19 13 yrs.
James Thomas Hartford, O 1819–30 11 yrs.
Elisha Phelps Simsbury, O 1830–34 4 yrs.
Roger Huntington Norwich, O 1834–35 1 yr.
Gideon Welles Hartford, D 1835–36 1 yr.
William Field Pomfret, O 1836–38 2 yrs.
Henry Kilbourn Hartford, O 1838–42 4 yrs.
Gideon Welles Hartford, D 1842–44 2 yrs.
Abijah Carrington New Haven, O 1844–46 2 yrs.
Mason Cleveland Hampton, O 1846–47 1 yr.
Abijah Catlin Harwinton, O 1847–50 3 yrs.
Rufus G. Pinney Stafford, D 1850–54 4 yrs.
John Dunham Norwich, W 1854–55 1 yr.
Alexander Merrell New London, A 1855–56 1 yr.
Edward Prentis New London, A 1856–57 1 yr.
Joseph G. Lamb Norwich, AR 1857–58 1 yr.
William H. Buell Clinton, R 1858–61 3 yrs.
Leman W. Cutler Watertown, R 1861–66 5 yrs.
Robbins Battell Norfolk, U 1866–67 1 yr.
Jesse Olney Stratford, D 1867–69 2 yrs.
James W. Manning Putnam, R 1869–70 1 yr.
Seth S. Logan Washington, D 1870–71 1 yr.
James W. Manning Putnam, R 1871–73 2 yrs.
Alfred R. Goodrich Vernon, D 1873–77 4 yrs.
Charles C. Hubbard Middletown, D 1877–79 2 yrs.
Chauncey Howard Coventry, R 1879–81 2 yrs.
Wheelock Batcheller Winsted, R 1881–83 2 yrs.
Frank D. Sloat New Haven, R 1883–85 2 yrs.
Luzerne I. Munson Waterbury, R 1885–87 2 yrs.
Thomas Clark No. Stonington, R 1887–89 2 yrs.
John B. Wright Clinton, R 1889–91 2 yrs.
Nicholas Staub New Milford, D 1891–95 4 yrs.
Benjamin P. Mead New Canaan, R 1895–99 4 yrs.
Thompson S. Grant Enfield, R 1899–1901 2 yrs.
Abiram Chamberlain Meriden, R 1901–03 2 yrs.
William E. Seeley Bridgeport, R 1903–05 2 yrs.
Asahel W. Mitchell Woodbury, R 1905–07 2 yrs.
Thomas D. Bradstreet Thomaston, R 1907–13 6 yrs.
Daniel P. Dunn Windham, D 1913–15 2 yrs.
Morris C. Webster Torrington, R 1915–21 6 yrs.
Harvey P. Bissell Ridgefield, R 1921–23 2 yrs.
Frederick M. Salmon Westport, R 1923–33 10 yrs.
Anson F. Keeler Norwalk, R 1933–35 2 yrs.
Charles C. Swartz Norwalk, D 1935–39 4 yrs.
Fred R. Zeller Stonington, R 1939–41, 1943–45, 1947–49, 1951–59 14 yrs.
John M. Dowe1 Killingly, D 1941–43, 1945–46 3 yrs. 4 m.
Raymond S. Thatcher2 East Hampton, D 1946–47, 1949–51, 1959–66 10 yrs. 2 m. 4 d.
James J. Casey3 Winchester, D 1966–67 5 m. 16 d.
Louis I. Gladstone Bridgeport, D 1967–71 4 yrs.
Nathan G. Agostinelli Manchester, R 1971–75 4 yrs.
J. Edward Caldwell Bridgeport, D 1975–91 16 yrs. 1d.
William E. Curry, Jr. Farmington, D 1991–95 4 yrs.
Nancy S. Wyman Tolland, D 1995–2011 16 yrs.
Kevin P. Lembo Guilford, D 2011– Incumbent

Town listed is town of residence at time of election.

  • 1Died in office May 15, 1946, and Raymond S. Thatcher was appointed by the General Assembly to fill the vacancy.
  • 2Resigned July 19, 1966, to become a member of the Public Utilities Commission.
  • 3Appointed by governor July 19, 1966, to fill the unexpired term of Raymond S. Thatcher.

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