37 Facts About Ned Lamont


Ned Lamont has served in this position since January 9,2019.


Ned Lamont ran for the United States Senate in 2006, defeating incumbent Joe Lieberman in the Democratic primary, but losing to him in the general election, when Lieberman ran as an independent candidate.


Ned Lamont ran again in 2018, winning the nomination and defeating Republican Bob Stefanowski in the general election.


Ned Lamont was born on January 3,1954, in Washington, DC, to Camille Helene and Edward Miner Ned Lamont.


Ned Lamont's mother was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to parents from the US mainland, and later worked as a staffer for Senator Estes Kefauver.


Ned Lamont is a distant descendant of colonial diarist Thomas Minor, from whom he gets his middle name.


Ned Lamont's family moved to Laurel Hollow on Long Island when he was seven years old.


Ned Lamont later attended Phillips Exeter Academy, and served as president of the student newspaper, The Exonian.


In 1977, Ned Lamont became editor for the Black River Tribune, a small weekly newspaper in Ludlow, Vermont.


Ned Lamont later chaired Lamont Digital Systems, a telecommunications firm that invests in new media startups.


Ned 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.


Ned Lamont has served on the advisory boards of the Yale School of Management and the Brookings Institution.


Ned Lamont was first elected in 1987 as a selectman in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he served for one term.


Ned Lamont ran for state senate in 1990, against Republican William Nickerson and incumbent Emil Benvenuto.


Ned Lamont later served for three terms on the Greenwich town finance board and chaired the State Investment Advisory Council, which oversees state pension fund investments.


On March 13,2006, Ned Lamont announced his campaign for the US Senate against incumbent Joe Lieberman.


Ned Lamont argued the three-term incumbent lacked the courage to challenge the Bush administration on the Iraq War.


Ned Lamont criticized Lieberman for supporting federal intervention in the Terri Schiavo case.


Ned Lamont then became 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.


On February 16,2010, Ned Lamont announced his candidacy for the 2010 gubernatorial election.


On January 17,2018, Ned Lamont announced his candidacy to succeed Malloy, who was not seeking a third term.


Ned Lamont received the party endorsement at the state convention, and chose former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz as his running mate.


Ned Lamont won reelection to a second term as governor, with Bysiewicz as his running mate.


Ned Lamont defeated Stefanowski in a rematch of their 2018 election with Lamont winning by a wider margin, becoming the first Democrat to win a gubernatorial election by more than five points in the state since 1986.


Ned Lamont was sworn in as the 89th governor of Connecticut on January 9,2019, succeeding Dannel Malloy.


Ned Lamont prioritized investments in 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.


In February 2019, Ned Lamont appointed former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi co-director of the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, a public-private partnership with the Department of Economic and Community Development tasked with revamping the state's economic development strategy.


In June 2019, Lamont signed a bill that banned gay panic defense in Connecticut, and signed three gun-control bills, including Ethan's Law, which requires safely storing firearms in households where children are present, bans ghost guns, and bans storing unlocked guns in unattended vehicles.


In July 2020, Lamont signed into law a sweeping police reform bill that requires all police officers to be equipped with body cameras, prohibits maneuvers such as chokeholds, creates a statewide watchdog for police misconduct, limits police departments' ability to withhold disciplinary records, and makes individual officers liable in civil lawsuits.


On May 19,2021, Ned Lamont ended most of the state's restrictions.


In May 2021, Lamont signed into law a bill to legalize online sports betting and gaming.


Ned Lamont's office negotiated the deal's terms with the General Assembly, the Mohegan Tribe, and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe.


On May 29, Lamont signed a bill raising the state minimum wage to $11 an hour that October and to $15 an hour by 2023.


In June 2021, Lamont signed his second biennium state budget, amounting to $46 billion.


In July 2021, Lamont signed a highway user fee on large commercial transports.


Ned Lamont defeated Stefanowski again to win a second term in 2022.


On September 10,1983, Ned Lamont married Ann Huntress, a venture capitalist and managing partner at Oak Investment Partners.