Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman began her service in government more than 30 years ago when she successfully ran for a seat on her local school board so she could have a say in the education of her two young daughters.
After eight years on the Tolland Board of Education, she was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1986. During her four terms representing the 53rd District she held leadership positions including House Chairperson of the Education Committee and Chairperson of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Elementary and Secondary Education.
In 1994, she was the first woman ever to be elected State Comptroller, and for the next 16 years used that office to advocate for fiscal responsibility and accountability on behalf of taxpayers. She also administered the health insurance plan for all state employees, retirees and their families.
As Comptroller, she focused on bringing openness and common sense to the budget process, implementing stricter accounting of state finances and increasing the balance in the emergency Rainy Day Fund.
Since being elected Connecticut’s 108th Lieutenant Governor in 2010, she has been a true partner to Governor Dannel P. Malloy as they work to help the state recover from the economic downturn and build a foundation for long-term stability and prosperity.
Lt. Governor Wyman is a former X-Ray Technician known as a tireless advocate for improving health care access and affordability. She is prominent in efforts to raise funds for breast cancer research, and for many years has been closely involved with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the National Kidney Foundation and the American Heart Association.
Lt. Governor Wyman was the founder of a 1995 working group that led to the creation of the HUSKY health plan, which remains an important source of medical care for more than 250,000 Connecticut children. The Lt. Governor is now Chair of the board of directors of the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange, which is charged with implementing federal health care reform by 2014. She is also Chair of the Interagency Council for Ending the Achievement Gap.
Recognizing the service and sacrifice of Connecticut’s military veterans and their families is one of Lt. Governor Wyman’s highest priorities. In 2007, she sought private donations to create the Wall of Honor – a photographic tribute and annual memorial ceremony in the State Capitol for the Connecticut men and women in the U.S Armed Forces who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.
She also regularly attends sendoff and welcome-home events for members of the Connecticut National Guard serving overseas, and is actively involved in the Guard’s annual Operation ELF holiday donation program for deployed troops and their families.
The Lieutenant Governor is a longtime supporter of the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, and in 2013 was named to the school’s Board of Directors.
Lt. Governor Wyman and her husband Michael live in Tolland, along with their two daughters and their husbands: Stacey and Steve Papa and Meryl and Bill Baldwin, and grandchildren Kyle, Taylor, Lindsey, Max, and Sydney.