Gov. Ned Lamont
Gov. Ned Lamont. Credit: File photo / CTNewsJunkie

Gov. Ned Lamont, a Democrat, is the 89th governor of Connecticut. His first term as governor began Jan. 9, 2019. Lamont previously served as a selectman in the town of Greenwich, Connecticut, from 1987 to 1989, and ran for the US Senate on an anti-war platform during the early years of the war in Iraq in 2006, defeating incumbent US Sen. Joe Lieberman in the Democratic primary. He then lost to Lieberman in the general election, during which Lieberman petitioned onto the ballot running as a third-party candidate.

Lamont ran for governor in 2010 and was defeated by Stamford Mayor Dannel P. Malloy, who went on to win the general election and served two terms as governor.

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

Lamont was born on Jan. 3, 1954, in Washington, D.C.

In 1977, Lamont became editor of the Black River Tribune, a small weekly newspaper in Vermont. After graduating from Yale University, Lamont entered the cable television industry as manager of a Connecticut startup called Cablevision.

In 1984, Lamont founded Campus Televideo to provide cable television services to college campuses. He later chaired a telecommunications firm called Lamont Digital Systems, which invested in new media startups. Campus Televideo was its largest division before Apogee, a Texas firm, acquired it in 2015. (Sources: Wikipedia, CTNewsJunkie)

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Interim UConn President Announces Departure

Dr. Andrew Agwunobi, the University of Connecticut’s interim president, will resign the post next month to take a private sector job at the Kentucky-based health insurance company, Humana, the university announced Friday. Agwunobi, who since 2014 has been CEO of UConn Health, became UConn’s temporary president last July after the sudden resignation of the university’s…

Connecticut COVID Hospitalizations Approaching Pandemic Peak

The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Connecticut continued to climb Wednesday and though they appeared likely to soon surpass the state’s highwater mark, health care officials said they were now better equipped to combat the virus. During an afternoon press conference, Gov. Ned Lamont told reporters that another 19 COVID patients were reported…

Executive Powers Stalemate

Gov. Ned Lamont has been reluctant to reveal how he plans to handle the looming expiration of his emergency orders and legislative leaders were unsure Tuesday whether next month’s session would begin with a marathon debate on COVID policy.  The governor’s emergency authority, which is set to expire on Feb. 15, serves as the basis…

Lamont Closes All State Office Buildings

Ahead of a winter snow storm, Gov. Ned Lamont has directed all nonessential state employees to stay at home.  “This appears to be a significant winter storm that is about to impact our state, with snowfall anticipated to reach rates of more than one inch per hour causing whiteout conditions and happening right at the…

Booster Shots to be Required for Hospital and Nursing Home Workers

Connecticut hospital and nursing home employees will soon be required to get COVID-19 booster shots through a combination of an executive order and agreement with the state’s hospital association announced Thursday.  During an afternoon press conference, Gov. Ned Lamont said he would be issuing an executive order, which would mandate booster shots for employees of…

Hartford Rep To Leave Mid-Term To Join Lamont Campaign

Rep. Brandon McGee will resign from the legislature this week to join Gov. Ned Lamont’s re-election campaign, the Hartford Democrat announced Tuesday.  McGee did not return a request for comment. However, in a series of Twitter posts Tuesday evening, he thanked constituents and announced his move to Lamont’s campaign.  “I have known Ned for years,”…

Republicans Propose Temporary Sales Tax Cut

After a year of skyrocketing inflation at the grocery store and the gas pump, lawmakers are looking to give families some relief – starting with a sales tax cut. “Kitchen table economics have entered a new reality and people are faced with increasingly difficult choices as they plan out their everyday budgets, especially hard hit…

State Focused on In-Person Learning as COVID Rates Soar

As Connecticut posted another record-breaking COVID infection rate Tuesday and a handful of school districts canceled classes due to staffing issues, state officials said new symptom-focused school quarantine guidelines would help keep students in classrooms.  During a virtual press conference on school COVID screening guidelines, Gov. Ned Lamont said the state’s daily infection rate had…

More At-Home Tests Ready For Distribution

Gov. Ned Lamont said in a tweet that 575,000 at-home COVID tests have been delivered to municipalities since Friday and 1 million more have arrived.  “In the last 24 hours, we’ve received over 1 million rapid tests and will further expand distribution tomorrow morning,” Lamont said. “Schools, childcare facilities, faith-based groups, vulnerable populations and those…

A COVID-19 testing site on Albany Avenue in Hartford.

COVID Test Positivity Rate Breaks State Record

Connecticut’s COVID-19 infection rate continued to climb through the holiday weekend and as of Monday stood at 21.5%, the state’s public health commissioner said during a morning press conference.  At a televised event from Stamford Hospital, Commissioner Manisha Juthani said the three-day number, the highest infection rate posted since the pandemic began, coincided with the…

More Questions Than Answers On Missed At-Home Test Shipment

There doesn’t seem to be any specific explanation for how Connecticut missed out on securing three million at-home test kits the state had planned to purchase.  The contract with Jack Rubenstein LLC, which is headed by Jeff Barlow, was able to deliver about 15,000 of the 426,000 tests Connecticut received Thursday night.  Reached by phone…

Residents line up in their vehicles to wait to be tested for the COVID-19 virus in in New Britain, Connecticut on Thursday.

Deal For Millions of At-Home COVID Tests Breaks Down

A state deal to purchase millions of at-home COVID-19 tests fell apart Thursday, frustrating municipalities which scrambled to distribute them and leaving Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration on the defensive.  As the state COVID infection rate soared over 20%, the governor appeared at a televised press conference outside East Hartford’s public safety complex. Lamont, who announced…

At-Home Test Kits Delayed

Gov. Ned Lamont announced Wednesday that the at-home test kits slated to arrive in Connecticut tomorrow experienced a shipping delay and are stuck on the West Coast. “My staff and multiple state agencies have spent the past several days working around the clock to accelerate the movement of our tests through what is clearly a…

Connecticut Launches Digital COVID Vaccine System

Connecticut’s SMART Health Card system went live Monday despite criticism from Republicans in the state who warn they don’t have enough information about the contract.  The digital vaccination cards mirror the paper cards from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that patients receive upon being vaccinated and provides them with a convenient option…

House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora at a press conference on Dec. 17, 2021

Candelora Calls For Scrutiny of Vaccine Passport Program

House Republican leader Vincent Candelora renewed calls for public hearings Friday, saying Gov. Ned Lamont’s steps to launch a vaccine passport platform in Connecticut lacked the transparency of other states where vendor contracts were available online.  During a late-morning press conference at the state Capitol building, Candelora launched a sprawling criticism of the governor, saying…

Public Health Commissioner: Omicron Could Soon Become Dominant Variant

Reported cases of COVID-19’s omicron variant in Connecticut jumped to 40 on Thursday, a steep increase of an infectious strain which public health officials predict may be the dominant form within the next few weeks. The Public Health Department released the figure as part of its weekly COVID update, which also reported another 56 deaths,…

Lamont Tackles Climate Change On His Own

Gov. Ned Lamont signed a sweeping executive order today that calls for improved energy efficiency and a reduction in the number of miles people drive. But not everyone was happy about it.  “We know this is the crisis of our time and it calls on all of us to get involved and get engaged,” Department…

Vaccine Passports Are Already Here

Connecticut has already begun testing a COVID vaccine passport platform, Gov. Ned Lamont said Wednesday, brushing off calls from the House Republican leader for legislative hearings before the state moves forward with its digital health card system. As of Monday, Connecticut residents have the ability to request a “SMART Health Card QR Code,” to verify…

Lamont Doesn’t Rule It Out, But Doesn’t Plan At-Home Testing Like Other States

Connecticut has no immediate plans to join states around the country enacting programs offering residents free at-home COVID tests in an effort to mitigate spread of the disease, Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration said Tuesday.  As states experiment with policies to stifle swells of COVID-19 cases, some have turned to providing residents with at-home tests aimed…

Lamont Channels Ted Lasso

In a holiday tradition that goes back decades, Gov. Ned Lamont appeared before the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce Tuesday to give them an update on Connecticut’s economy. It ended up being more of a cheerleading session, in case anyone was beginning to be depressed about the rising rates of COVID-19.  “I’m as frustrated as you…

Home Care Agencies, Lawmakers Call On State To Release Funding

Senate Republican leaders and home care providers called on the state Department of Social Services Monday to release a 1.7% increase in Medicaid funding to the agencies to help them provide better care to their clients. Agencies that employ the home care workforce are struggling due to the pandemic and the lack of funding to…

Lamont Says Yes To Passports, No To Statewide Mask Mandate

Connecticut will not follow New York’s lead and impose an indoor mask mandate on businesses without vaccine requirements, Gov. Ned Lamont said Friday morning. The governor said a soon-to-be launched vaccine passport platform should make new mandates unnecessary.  New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced her state’s new mandate during a press conference earlier Friday. The…

Lamont Appoints Public Servant to Comptroller Post

HARTFORD, CT — Natalie Braswell, a former assistant comptroller, will assume the role of state comptroller when Kevin Lembo steps down at the end of the year, Gov. Ned Lamont announced during a Friday press conference.  The governor found himself with the responsibility of appointing a new comptroller last week when Lembo announced he would…

Personal Care Assistants Take Labor Dispute To Governor’s Home

Dozens of home care workers and the clients they serve showed up Thursday outside Gov. Ned Lamont’s Greenwich home to demand the state iron out a contract using $240 million in federal funds designated for community programs. Union officials say the personal care attendants don’t make a living wage, don’t get health insurance, don’t get…

COVID Infection Rate Spikes Over 8%, CT Coordinating on Passports

With Connecticut’s COVID-19 infection rate over 8%, Gov. Ned Lamont waved off new restrictions during a radio appearance Tuesday but said his administration was coordinating with neighboring states on a vaccine passport platform.  In a morning interview with WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil, the governor said the state infection rate had risen to 8.33%, up from 5.8%…

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