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Ned Lamont
Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut, official portrait.jpg
89th Governor of Connecticut
Assumed office
January 9, 2019
LieutenantSusan Bysiewicz
Preceded byDan Malloy
Member of the
Greenwich Board of Selectmen
In office
1987–1989
Personal details
Born
Edward Miner Lamont Jr.

(1954-01-03) January 3, 1954 (age 65)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)
Ann Huntress (m. 1983)
Children3
ResidenceGovernor's Mansion
EducationHarvard University (BA)
Yale University (MBA)
WebsiteGovernment website

Edward Miner Lamont Jr. (born January 3, 1954) is an American businessman and politician serving as the 89th Governor of Connecticut since January 9, 2019.[1][2] A member of the Democratic Party, he won the 2018 gubernatorial election, defeating Republican Bob Stefanowski and independent Oz Griebel.[3]

A Greenwich Selectman from 1987 to 1989, he defeated incumbent U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman in the state Democratic primary election in 2006. In the general election, he and Republican candidate Alan Schlesinger were both defeated by Lieberman, who had opted to run as a third-party candidate. In 2010, he ran in the state Democratic primary election for Governor. He was defeated by former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy, who went on to win the general election.

Early life and education[edit]

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.[4] His father, an economist, worked on the Marshall Plan and later served in the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Nixon administration.[5] He is the great-grandson of former J. P. Morgan & Co. chair Thomas W. Lamont[6][7] and a grand-nephew of former American Civil Liberties Union director Corliss Lamont.[8] He is a distant descendant of colonial diarist Thomas Minor, from whom he gets his middle name.[9][a]

Lamont's family moved to Laurel Hollow on Long Island when he was seven years old.[b] The eldest of three children, he and his sisters attended East Woods School.[4][11] He later attended Phillips Exeter Academy, and served as president of the student newspaper, The Exonian. After graduating from 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.[11][12]

Professional career[edit]

In 1977, Lamont became 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.[13] After graduating from Yale, he entered the cable television industry, managing the startup of Cablevision's operation in Fairfield County, Connecticut.[12] In 1984, he founded Campus Televideo, a company that provides cable and satellite services to college campuses across the United States.[14][15] He later became chair of Lamont Digital Systems, a telecommunications firm that invests in new media startups.[16][17] Campus Televideo was its largest division before it was acquired by Austin, Texas-based Apogee on September 3, 2015.[18][15]

Lamont has served on the board of trustees for the Conservation Services Group,[19] Mercy Corps,[20] the Norman Rockwell Museum,[21] the YMCA, and the Young Presidents' Organization.[22] He has also served on the advisory boards of the Yale School of Management[23] and the Brookings Institution.[22]

Early political career[edit]

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 heated three-way race.[24] He later served for three terms on the town's finance board and chaired the State Investment Advisory Council, which oversees the state's pension fund investments. During his term as chair, the state saw a reduction in unfunded liability and an improvement in pension fund performance.[25]

2006 U.S. Senate election[edit]

General election results by municipality. Blue denotes win for Lamont, yellow for Lieberman.
Lamont in 2006.
Lamont attending the 2007 YearlyKos conference at the McCormick Place in Chicago.

On March 13, 2006, Lamont announced his campaign for the United States Senate against incumbent Joe Lieberman.[26]

On July 6, Lamont faced off against Lieberman in a televised debate that covered issues such as the Iraq War, energy policy, and immigration. During the debate, Lieberman argued he was being subjected to a litmus test on the war, insisted he was a "bread-and-butter Democrat", and on many occasions asked, "who is Ned Lamont?" Lieberman then asked him if he would release his income tax returns, which Lamont did afterwards.[27]

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 he had voted with the Democratic caucus in the Senate 90% of the time. Lamont argued the three-term incumbent lacked the courage to challenge the Bush administration on the Iraq War.[27] He also criticized Lieberman for supporting federal intervention in the Terri Schiavo case.[28][29]

On July 30, The New York Times editorial board endorsed Lamont.[30] That same day, The Sunday Times reported former President Bill Clinton warned Lieberman not to run as an independent if he lost the primary to Lamont.[31] Throughout the election, Lamont funded most of his own campaign, with donations exceeding $12.7 million,[32] as he had pledged not to accept money from lobbyists.[33]

Lamont won the primary with 52% of the vote, as opposed to Lieberman's 48%;[34] this was the only Senate race in 2006 where an incumbent lost re-nomination. In his concession speech, Lieberman announced he was standing by his earlier statements that he would run as an independent if he lost the Democratic primary.[35] Running under the banner of Connecticut for Lieberman, Lieberman won the general election with nearly 50% of the vote; exit polls showed Lieberman won the vote of 33% of Democrats, 54% of independents, and 70% of Republicans.[36] The election was chronicled in the Sundance Channel documentary film Blog Wars.[37]

While some Research 2000 polls commissioned by the Daily Kos in 2007 and 2008 found he would win a Senate rematch with Lieberman by growing margins,[38][39] Lamont stated he was not considering another campaign for Senate.[40]

2008 presidential campaign activity[edit]

Lamont was an early supporter of Chris Dodd's presidential campaign.[41][42] After Dodd dropped out of the race, Lamont became a state co-chair for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.[43] Obama's victory in the Connecticut Democratic primary was credited to Lamont's ability to turn out the voter base he had built during his Senate campaign.[44] In March 2008, he was elected as a state delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, his support pledged to Obama.[45]

Academic career[edit]

Before the 2006 election, Lamont had been a volunteer at Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport.[46] After the election, he entered academia, serving as a teaching fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics[47] 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.[48]

Governor of Connecticut (2019–present)[edit]

Elections[edit]

2010[edit]

On February 16, 2010, Lamont announced his candidacy for the 2010 gubernatorial election.[49] On May 22, he was defeated at the state Democratic convention by former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy, receiving 582 votes (32%) to Malloy's 1,232 votes (68%). Since he won more than 15% of the vote, Lamont was eligible to appear on the primary election ballot.[50] On August 10, he lost the primary election, receiving 43% of the vote to Malloy's 57%.[51] Malloy would go on to defeat Republican candidate Thomas C. Foley in the general election.[52]

2018[edit]

Democratic primary results by municipality. Dark blue denotes win for Lamont, light blue for Ganim

On January 17, 2018, Lamont announced his candidacy to succeed Malloy, who was not seeking a third term.[53][3] He received the party's endorsement, and chose former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz as his running mate. He won the Democratic primary against Bridgeport Mayor and former convict Joe Ganim in a landslide of over 100,000 votes.[3][54] His campaign was cross-endorsed by the Connecticut Working Families Party.[55] He faced Republican Bob Stefanowski and independent Oz Griebel in the general election on November 6. Early the next morning, Stefanowski conceded the election to Lamont.[2]

Tenure[edit]

Lamont was sworn in as the 89th Governor of Connecticut on January 9, 2019, succeeding Governor Dan Malloy.[56] Some of his top priorities include: implementing electronic tolls on the state's highways, taxing online streaming services, 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.[57] He has also prioritized investments in the state'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.[58][59]

In April 2019, Morning Consult ranked Lamont as the 5th most unpopular governor in the United States, with a 38% disapproval rating and a 33% approval rating.[60]

Personal life[edit]

On September 10, 1983,[61] Lamont married venture capitalist Ann Huntress. Huntress is a managing partner at Oak Investment Partners;[22] in 2007, she was named number 50 in Forbes' Midas List.[62][63] They have three children: Emily, Lindsay, and Teddy.[22] He and his family live in Greenwich and have a vacation home in North Haven, Maine.[11]

The Lamont Gallery on the campus of Phillips Exeter Academy is named in honor of his family.[11]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The spelling of Minor's surname has historically varied between Minor and Miner.[10]
  2. ^ Some media outlets erroneously report Lamont's childhood home to be in Syosset, New York due to its shared ZIP Code (11791) with Laurel Hollow.[11][4]

References[edit]

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