|89th Governor of Connecticut|
|Assumed office |
January 9, 2019
|Preceded by||Dan Malloy|
Edward Miner Lamont Jr.
January 3, 1954
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Ann Huntress (m. 1983)
|Education||Harvard University (BA)|
Yale University (MBA)
A member of the Board of Selectmen of Greenwich from 1987 to 1989, he defeated incumbent United States Senator Joe Lieberman in the state's Democratic primary election in 2006. In the general election, both Lamont and Republican candidate Alan Schlesinger were defeated by Lieberman, who had opted to run as an independent candidate. In 2010, he ran for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Connecticut. He was defeated by former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy, who went on to win the general election.
Early life and education
Lamont was born on January 3, 1954, in Washington, D.C. to Camille Helene (née Buzby) and Edward Miner Lamont. His mother was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico to parents from the U.S. mainland, and worked as a staffer for Senator Estes Kefauver. His father, an economist, worked on the Marshall Plan and later served in Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Nixon administration. He is the great-grandson of former J. P. Morgan & Co. chair Thomas W. Lamont and a grand-nephew of former American Civil Liberties Union director Corliss Lamont.
Lamont's family moved to Long Island when he was seven years old. The eldest of three children, he and his sisters attended East Woods School in Oyster Bay Cove. He later attended Phillips Exeter Academy, and served as president of the student newspaper, The Exonian. After graduating Phillips Exeter in 1972, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Harvard College in 1976 and a Master of Business Administration from the Yale School of Management in 1980.
In 1977, Lamont was editor for The Black River Tribune, a small weekly newspaper in Ludlow, Vermont. During his time there, he worked alongside journalists Jane Mayer and Alex Beam. After graduating from Yale, he entered the cable television industry, managing the start-up of Cablevision's operation in Fairfield County, Connecticut. In 1984, he founded his own cable television company, Campus Televideo, which provides satellite and telecommunication services to colleges and universities across the United States. Campus Televideo was acquired by Austin, Texas-based Apogee on September 3, 2015. He is the chair of Lamont Digital Systems, a telecommunications firm that invests in new media startups.
Lamont has served on the board of trustees for the Conservation Services Group, Mercy Corps, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the YMCA, and the Young Presidents' Organization. He has served on the advisory boards of the Yale School of Management and the Brookings Institution.
Early political career
Lamont was first elected in 1987 as a selectman in the town of Greenwich, Connecticut, where he served for one term. He ran for state senator in 1990, losing in a hotly contested three-way race. He later served for three terms on the town's finance board and chaired the State Investment Advisory Council, which oversees the investment of the state pension funds. During his term as chair, the outperformance of pension funds reduced the unfunded liability and put funds on a stronger footing.
2006 U.S. Senate election
On July 6, Lamont faced off against Lieberman in a 51-minute televised debate which covered issues such as the Iraq War, energy policy, and immigration. Lieberman argued that he was being subjected to a litmus test on the war, insisted that he was a "bread-and-butter Democrat", and on a number of occasions asked, "who is Ned Lamont?" During the debate, Lieberman asked him if he would disclose his income tax returns, which he afterwards did.
Lamont focused on Lieberman's supportive relationship with Republicans, telling him "if you won't challenge President Bush and his failed agenda, I will." He criticized Lieberman's vote for the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which he dubbed the "Bush-Cheney-Lieberman energy bill." In response to the assertion that he supported Republican policies, Lieberman stated that he had voted with the Democratic caucus in the Senate 90% of the time. Lamont argued that the then three-term incumbent lacked the courage to challenge the Bush administration's handling of the Iraq War. He also criticized Lieberman for supporting federal intervention in the Terri Schiavo case.
On July 30, Lamont received the endorsement of The New York Times editorial board. That same day, The Sunday Times reported that former President Bill Clinton was believed to have warned Lieberman not to run as an independent if he lost the primary to Lamont. Throughout the election, Lamont significantly funded his own campaign, with donations exceeding $12.7 million, as he had pledged not to accept money from lobbyists.
Lamont won the primary with 51.79% of the vote as opposed to Lieberman's 48.21%; it was the only Senate race in 2006 where an incumbent lost re-nomination. In his concession speech, Lieberman announced that he would stand by his prior statements that he would run as an independent if he lost the Democratic primary. Lieberman won the general election with approximately 50% of the vote; exit polls showed that Lieberman won the vote of 33% of Democrats, 54% of independents, and 70% of Republicans.
Research 2000 polls commissioned by the blog Daily Kos in 2007 and 2008 found that Lamont would win a Senate rematch with Joe Lieberman by growing margins. However, he stated that he was not considering another campaign for Senate.
2008 presidential campaign activity
Lamont was one of the key supporters in Connecticut for the Chris Dodd presidential campaign. After Dodd dropped out of the race, Lamont became the Connecticut campaign co-chair for Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Lamont was credited with attracting the types of voters he brought to Obama's successful campaign in the Connecticut Democratic primary. In March 2008, Lamont was elected as a Congressional district-level delegate from Connecticut to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, pledged to Barack Obama.
Before the 2006 election, Lamont had been a volunteer at Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport. After the election, he entered academia, serving as a teaching fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics and the Yale School of Management. He is an adjunct faculty member and chair of the Arts and Sciences Public Policy Committee at Central Connecticut State University, where he was named Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Philosophy.
Governor of Connecticut (2019–present)
On February 16, 2010, Lamont officially announced his candidacy for the 2010 gubernatorial election. On May 22, 2010, he was defeated at the state Democratic convention by former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy. Lamont received 582 votes (32%) to Malloy's 1,232 votes (68%). Since Lamont won more than 15% of the vote, he appeared on the primary ballot on August 10, 2010. He lost the primary election to Malloy, who received 57% of the vote to Lamont's 43%.
In November 2017, Lamont began "thinking seriously" about seeking the governorship again in 2018 to succeed Malloy, who had announced earlier that year that he would not seek a third term. He officially announced his candidacy on January 17, 2018. He received the party's endorsement, and chose former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz as his running mate. He won the Democractic primary against Bridgeport Mayor and former convict Joe Ganim in a landslide of over 100,000 votes. His campaign was cross-endorsed by the Connecticut Working Families Party. He faced Republican Bob Stefanowski and independent Oz Griebel in the general election on November 6, 2018. Early the next morning, Stefanowski conceded the election to Lamont.
Lamont was sworn in as the 89th Governor of Connecticut on January 9, 2019, succeeding Governor Dan Malloy. Some of his top priorities include: studying the feasibility of electronic tolls on the state's highways, restoring the state's property tax credit, legalizing marijuana for recreational usage, increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour, instituting paid family and medical leave, renegotiating contracts with public-sector unions, and expanding sports betting. Lamont has also prioritized investments in Connecticut's rail infrastructure, proposing shorter travel times between cities by upgrading rail lines, as well as extending the Danbury Branch to New Milford and re-electrifying the line.
On September 10, 1983, Lamont married venture capitalist Ann Huntress. Huntress is a managing partner at Oak Investment Partners; in 2007, she was named number 50 in Forbes' Midas List. They have three children: Emily, Lindsay, and Teddy. He and his family reside in Greenwich and have a vacation home in North Haven, Maine.
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|Party political offices|
| Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Connecticut
| Democratic nominee for Governor of Connecticut
| Governor of Connecticut