Kevin Lembo

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Kevin Lembo
Comptroller of Connecticut
Assumed office
January 5, 2011
Governor Dan Malloy
Preceded by Nancy Wyman
Personal details
Born (1963-09-06) September 6, 1963 (age 54)
Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Charles Frey
Children 3
Education Charter Oak State College (BA)
California State University (MPA)
Website Government website

Kevin P. Lembo is a Democratic elected official, currently the Connecticut State Comptroller, the statewide elected official responsible for finances and spending. He first took office on January 5, 2011.


In 2004, Lembo became Connecticut's first State Healthcare Advocate, and was reconfirmed to the position in 2008. Along with Nancy Wyman, his predecessor in the Comptroller's office, he was co-chair of the state SustiNet healthcare plan.[1]

In 2010, Lembo won the endorsement of the Connecticut Democratic Party at their state convention, and later defeated Michael Jarjura in the August 10, 2010 Democratic primary. In the November 2 general election, he defeated Republican candidate Jack Orchulli. Lembo won a second term by defeating Republican Sharon McLaughlin in 2014.[2]

As Comptroller, Lembo launched several transparency websites[3] and won a political victory when Governor Dannel Malloy signed an Executive Order creating a database of state business tax credits at Lembo's insistence.[4] In 2013, the Council on Freedom of Information awarded Lembo the Bice Clemow Freedom of Information Award in recognition of his commitment to transparency.[5]

Personal life and education[edit]

Lembo is married to Charles Frey and lives in Guilford, Connecticut with their three children. Lembo is the first openly gay individual to be elected to statewide office in Connecticut.[6]

Lembo earned a B.A. at Charter Oak State College in 2002, and a Master's in Public Administration from California State University in 2004.[7]


In 2004, Lembo was commissioned as a Kentucky colonel for his work as an advocate for children in foster care. For his work promoting open government, he received the Bice Clemow Award from the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information in 2013.[8]

Electoral history[edit]

Connecticut Comptroller Democratic Primary Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kevin Lembo 117,185 70.00
Democratic Michael Jarjura 50,218 30.00
Connecticut Comptroller Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic* Kevin Lembo 577,547 53.56
Republican Jack Orchulli 459,474 42.61
Independent Hugh Dolan 17,701 1.64
Green Colin Bennett 13,288 1.23
Libertarian Joshua Katz 10,328 0.96

*Lembo was also listed on the Working Families Party line.

Connecticut Comptroller Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic* Kevin Lembo (inc.) 538,280 52.29
Republican* Sharon McLaughlin 473,752 46.02
Green Rolf Maurer 17,458 1.70

*Lembo was also listed on the Working Families Party line; McLaughlin was also listed on the Independent Party line.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Nancy Wyman
Comptroller of Connecticut