Tolland, Connecticut , United States
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Aug 18, 2016 11:51pm
|Info||The first woman elected State Comptroller in Connecticut history, Nancy Wyman is the chief fiscal guardian for Connecticut?s taxpayers. |
Wyman, first elected statewide in 1994 and re-elected in 1998, is responsible for paying the state's bills, keeping its books and representing the taxpayers in state budget debates.
Under Wyman's leadership, the Comptroller's Office has made significant changes in its structure and operations to focus on cutting waste while enhancing efficiency, accountability and public service.
The Comptroller issues a monthly report on state finances and writes a public report each year in which she analyzes the state budget as it relates to the economy and other factors. Her office has received numerous awards for excellence in government reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association.
The State Comptroller also oversees the state health plan for 185,000 state employees, retirees, and their dependents. As a mother and grandmother, Wyman understands the importance of taking an active role in important health-care issues. She has spent a great deal of time advocating for issues that affect women, children and senior citizens -- working to meet their medical needs while keeping costs down.
Wyman has received myriad awards for her work as Comptroller, including recognition of her leadership from the Connecticut Federation of Business & Professional Women; the Connecticut State Medical Society; the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, the Council of Small Towns, and the Connecticut Coalition of Police & Corrections Officers. She presently serves on the board of directors of Women Executives in State Government, the Hartford YMCA, and is past president of the Women?s Campaign School at Yale University.
Since 1997, Wyman has served as spokeswoman for the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Red Ribbon holiday campaign.
A proposal by Comptroller Wyman led to a tax rebate program that returned a portion of the state?s budget surplus to more than one million taxpayers in 1998. In addition, the recommendations of her Workgroup on the Uninsured laid the foundation for Connecticut?s HUSKY plan, which makes health insurance available to the working poor.
Prior to her election as State Comptroller, Wyman served as State Representative (1987-1995) from the 53rd District. She was House Chairperson of the Education Committee and Chairperson of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Elementary and Secondary Education.
While a legislator, Wyman was noted for her work in the area of public education and named "Legislator of the Year" by the Connecticut Education Association.
From 1979-1987, Comptroller Wyman served on the Tolland Board of Education and was Vice-Chairperson for four of those years. She has contributed to the local, state and national education debate and is known as an ardent champion of public education.
Wyman and her husband, Michael, have lived in Tolland since 1973. They have two daughters, Stacey Papa and Meryl Wyman, and two grandchildren.