Bill Curry (politician)

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Bill Curry
Counselor to the President
In office
February 21, 1995 – January 20, 1997
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byDavid Gergen
Succeeded byPaul Begala
Comptroller of Connecticut
In office
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1995
GovernorLowell Weicker
Preceded byEdward Caldwell
Succeeded byNancy Wyman
Member of the Connecticut Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1951-12-17) December 17, 1951 (age 67)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S
Political partyDemocratic
EducationGeorgetown University (BA)
University of Connecticut, Hartford (JD)

William E. Curry Jr. (born December 17, 1951, in Hartford, Connecticut) has been a two-time Democratic nominee for Governor of Connecticut and a White House advisor in the administration of Bill Clinton.

Education and early political life[edit]

Curry was educated at St. Justin's School in Hartford and Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. In 1978, at the age of 26, he was elected state senator from a district that included Farmington, Connecticut. Curry served two terms and then faced fellow state senator Nancy Johnson, a moderate Republican from New Britain in 1982 for the open seat formerly held by Toby Moffett in what was then the Sixth Congressional District. Johnson defeated Curry.

During the ensuing eight years, Curry practiced law and worked in public policy positions in Washington, D.C. He was head of Freeze Voter, a nuclear freeze group. In 1990, Curry was elected state comptroller after a convention fight, winning statewide election against the Republican nominee, Joel Schiavone. He served one term.

Gubernatorial bids and the White House[edit]

In 1994, Curry defeated John Larson for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. The field in the general election included former Republican U.S. Representative John G. Rowland, Eunice Groark (lieutenant governor under the departing officeholder, Gov. Lowell P. Weicker Jr.), Curry and Tom Scott, a former Republican legislator from Milford, Connecticut and talk show host running a conservative, anti-tax independent candidacy. Rowland won that election by three points.[citation needed]

After the election, Curry accepted a post as Counselor to the President and served as domestic strategist in the Clinton White House from February 21, 1995 until January 20, 1997. Curry left the Clinton Administration after the 1996 election and served as Visiting Fellow at the Yale School of Management.[citation needed]

In 2002, Curry again ran against Rowland. While Curry did not face a primary opponent that year, the incumbent enjoyed a fund-raising advantage of roughly 5 to 1. In late September of the campaign, Curry charged that Rowland's administration had awarded contracts based on rigged bidding procedures. Although those charges later proved to be the heart of the scandal that forced Rowland to resign, plead guilty and serve a federal prison sentence, they did not become a significant issue in the campaign. Stressing his accomplishments as Governor, Rowland won his third term by a 12-point margin.[citation needed]


Curry is a political columnist for Curry wrote a political column for the Hartford Courant in Hartford, Connecticut.[1] On August 26, 2007 he endorsed a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.[2]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-10-19. Retrieved 2006-12-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-03. Retrieved 2007-08-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Edward Caldwell
Comptroller of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Nancy Wyman
Preceded by
David Gergen
Counselor to the President
Succeeded by
Paul Begala
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bruce Morrison
Democratic nominee for Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Barbara Kennelly
Preceded by
Barbara Kennelly
Democratic nominee for Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
John DeStefano