Kathleen Connell

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This article is about the California politician. For the Rhode Island politician, see Kathleen S. Connell.
Kathleen Connell
California State Controller
In office
January 2, 1995 – January 6, 2003
Governor Pete Wilson
Gray Davis
Preceded by Gray Davis
Succeeded by Steve Westly
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Residence Washington, D. C., U.S.

Kathleen Connell was the California State Controller from 1995 until 2003.[1] When she was Controller, she ran for mayor of Los Angeles in 2001[2] but came in 6th in the April 10, 2001 primary getting 24,062 votes (4.82%).[3] and served as a trustee of CalPERS and CalSTRS, which together comprise the largest pool of retirement assets in the world, for eight years. She was unable to run in 2002 due to term limits.


In 1994, she defeated ex-State Assemblyman Tom McClintock for California State Controller.

In 1998, she won re-election, in a landslide vote, against Ruben Barrales. In that election, she won 55 of 58 California's counties.

Personal life[edit]

She is currently President of the Connell Group, an investment advisory firm located in Washington, D.C.. Dr. Connell has been an investment banker in New York and Los Angeles.

Connell has a Ph.D. from the UCLA[2] Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning and resides in Washington, DC.


  • Moving Up To Millions: The Life Calculator Guide to Wealth.[4]


  1. ^ California State Controller’s Office. Former CA State Controllers. Retrieved December 20, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Mathews, Joe. Connell takes to TV in costly race for mayor. Los Angeles Times, March 13, 2001.
  4. ^ Connell, Kathleen M. Moving up to millions: the life calculator guide to wealth. Hoboken, NJ: J. Wiley & Sons, 2007. ISBN 978-0-470-13181-7.
Political offices
Preceded by
Gray Davis
California State Controller
Succeeded by
Steve Westly