Written by Dwight Bachman
Willimantic, Conn. -- Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy will deliver the commencement address at Eastern Connecticut State University's 121st graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 22, at 10 a.m. at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. Malloy, the youngest of eight children, was born in Stamford, on July 21, 1955. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College and continued on to receive his law degree from Boston College Law School. In 1982, Malloy married his wife, Cathy, whom he met while at Boston College.
Malloy become a prosecutor in Brooklyn, New York, serving for four years as an assistant district attorney. Returning to Stamford, he served on the Boards of Finance and Education before running for mayor and winning in a landslide victory in 1995.
Malloy served for 14 years from 1995 to 2009, Stamford's longest serving mayor. Under his leadership, Stamford underwent a drastic transformation and became one of the country's top 10 most livable cities, according to Forbes Magazine. He brought nearly 5,000 new jobs to the city; led the fight for more affordable housing; championed transportation efforts such as the Stamford Urban Transit Way; and helped to reduce the crime rate by 60 percent. He also implemented the first city-wide pre-kindergarten program, ensuring that all four-year-olds be able to attend school regardless of their parents' financial situation.
On Nov. 2, 2010, Malloy was elected the 88th governor of the State of Connecticut. Malloy is a former trustee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors; a former President of the Connecticut Council of Municipalities; and a former member of the Stamford Cultural Development Organization. The governor and Mrs. Malloy, a sexual assault and rape crisis center director, have three sons, Dannel, Ben, and Sam.