Nancy Wyman

Born:April 21, 1946 (age 72)
Career:

Lieutenant governor of Connecticut, 2011-present
State comptroller for Connecticut, 1995-2011
Connecticut State House of Representatives, 1987-1995

State:CT
Party:Democratic
Website:http://www.ct.gov/wyman/site/default.asp

Nancy Wyman, Connecticut's 108th lieutenant governor, assumed office in January 2011.

Born April 21, 1946, Wyman grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She earned an associate's degree in radiological technology from Long Island College Hospital.

Prior to being elected lieutenant governor, Wyman served on the Tolland Board of Education from 1979 to 1987, serving as vice president for four years. In 1987, she was elected to the Connecticut State House of Representatives, representing the 53rd District until 1995. As a representative, Wyman was chair of the Education Committee and chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Elementary and Secondary Education. She also served as state comptroller for 16 years (1995 to 2011), the first women elected to that position. As state comptroller of Connecticut, Wyman implemented stricter accounting of the state's finances and worked to increase the balance in the Rainy Day Fund as protection against tax increases. She also prioritized health care and worked to maintain low costs.

Wyman's health care work evolved into the landmark HUSKY Health Insurance Plan, which covers more than 300,000 children and families. She is the administrator of the health plan for state employees and retirees, and was named co-chair of the SustiNet board of directors, which is in charge of designing plans to provide affordable health insurance to small businesses, municipalities and individuals. Active in her community, Wyman is involved in events for breast cancer research and is a spokeswoman for the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Red Ribbon Holiday Campaign. She is also the chairwoman of American Heart Association's Greater Hartford Heart Walk and the National Kidney Foundation of Connecticut's Annual Gala.

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