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 Political Party Term of service Years of service
James Wadsworth Durham Independent 1786–88 2 yrs.
Oliver Wolcott Litchfield 1788–90 2 yrs.
Ralph Pomeroy Coventry 1790–91 1 yr.
Andrew Kingsbury Hartford 1791–93 2 yrs.
John Porter Lebanon 1793–1806 13 yrs.
Elisha Colt Hartford 1806–19 13 yrs.
James Thomas Hartford 1819–30 11 yrs.
Elisha Phelps Simsbury 1830–34 4 yrs.
Roger Huntington Norwich 1834–35 1 yr.
Gideon Welles Hartford Democratic 1835–36 1 yr.
William Field Pomfret 1836–38 2 yrs.
Henry Kilbourn Hartford 1838–42 4 yrs.
Gideon Welles Hartford Democratic 1842–44 2 yrs.
Abijah Carrington New Haven 1844–46 2 yrs.
Mason Cleveland Hampton 1846–47 1 yr.
Abijah Catlin Harwinton 1847–50 3 yrs.
Rufus G. Pinney Stafford Democratic 1850–54 4 yrs.
John Dunham Norwich Whig 1854–55 1 yr.
Alexander Merrell New London American 1855–56 1 yr.
Edward Prentis New London American 1856–57 1 yr.
Joseph G. Lamb Norwich, AR 1857–58 1 yr.
William H. Buell Clinton Republican 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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