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]

      A Connecticut       Democratic       Federalist       Democratic-Republican       National Republican       Free Soil       Republican       Whig

Name Town Political Party Term of Office
James Wadsworth Durham Independent 1786–88
Oliver Wolcott Litchfield 1788–90
Ralph Pomeroy Coventry 1790–91
Andrew Kingsbury Hartford 1791–93
John Porter Lebanon 1793–1806
Elisha Colt Hartford 1806–19
James Thomas Hartford 1819–30
Elisha Phelps Simsbury 1830–34
Roger Huntington Norwich 1834–35
Gideon Welles Hartford Democratic 1835–36
William Field Pomfret 1836–38
Henry Kilbourn Hartford 1838–42
Gideon Welles Hartford Democratic 1842–44
Abijah Carrington New Haven 1844–46
Mason Cleveland Hampton 1846–47
Abijah Catlin Harwinton 1847–50
Rufus G. Pinney Stafford Democratic 1850–54
John Dunham Norwich Whig 1854–55
Alexander Merrell New London American 1855–56
Edward Prentis New London American 1856–57
Joseph G. Lamb Norwich American, Republican 1857–58
William H. Buell Clinton Republican 1858–61
Leman W. Cutler Watertown Republican 1861–66
Robbins Battell Norfolk Union 1866–67
Jesse Olney Stratford Democratic 1867–69
James W. Manning Putnam Republican 1869–70
Seth S. Logan Washington Democratic 1870–71
James W. Manning Putnam Republican 1871–73
Alfred R. Goodrich Vernon Democratic 1873–77
Charles C. Hubbard Middletown Democratic 1877–79
Chauncey Howard Coventry Republican 1879–81
Wheelock Batcheller Winsted Republican 1881–83
Frank D. Sloat New Haven Republican 1883–85
Luzerne I. Munson Waterbury Republican 1885–87
Thomas Clark North Stonington Republican 1887–89
John B. Wright Clinton Republican 1889–91
Nicholas Staub New Milford Democratic 1891–95
Benjamin P. Mead New Canaan Republican 1895–99
Thompson S. Grant Enfield Republican 1899–1901
Abiram Chamberlain Meriden Republican 1901–03
William E. Seeley Bridgeport Republican 1903–05
Asahel W. Mitchell Woodbury Republican 1905–07
Thomas D. Bradstreet Thomaston Republican 1907–13
Daniel P. Dunn Windham Democratic 1913–15
Morris C. Webster Torrington Republican 1915–21
Harvey P. Bissell Ridgefield Republican 1921–23
Frederick M. Salmon Westport Republican 1923–33
Anson F. Keeler Norwalk Republican 1933–35
Charles C. Swartz Norwalk Democratic 1935–39
Fred R. Zeller Stonington Republican 1939–41
John M. Dowe1 Killingly Democratic 1941–43
Fred R. Zeller Stonington Republican 1943–45
John M. Dowe1 Killingly Democratic 1945–46
Raymond S. Thatcher2 East Hampton Democratic 1946–47
Fred R. Zeller Stonington Republican 1947–49
Raymond S. Thatcher2 East Hampton Democratic 1949–51
Fred R. Zeller Stonington Republican 1951–59
Raymond S. Thatcher2 East Hampton Democratic 1959–66
James J. Casey3 Winchester Democratic 1966–67
Louis I. Gladstone Bridgeport Democratic 1967–71
Nathan G. Agostinelli Manchester Republican 1971–75
J. Edward Caldwell Bridgeport Democratic 1975–91
William E. Curry, Jr. Farmington Democratic 1991–95
Nancy S. Wyman Tolland Democratic 1995–2011
Kevin P. Lembo Guilford Democratic 2011–

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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