Husband: David Donaldson; 3 Children: Ava, Leyna, Tristan
- JD, Duke University School of Law, 1986
- BA, Yale University, 1983
- Lieutenant Governor, State of Connecticut, 2019-present
- Candidate, Connecticut Lieutenant Governor, 2018
- Candidate, United States Senate, 2012
- Secretary of State, State of Connecticut, 1999-2011
- Representative, Connecticut State House of Representatives, 100th Assembly District, 1993-1998
- Member, Middletown Democratic Town Committee, 1989-present
- Partner, Pastore & Dailey, Limited Liability Company, 2013-present
- Director, The Connection, Incorporated
- Associate, Aetna, 1992-1994
- Attorney, Aetna Insurance Company, 1992-1994
- Associate, Robinson & Cole Limited Liability Partnership, 1988-1992
- Manager, Richard Blumenthal's Campaign for Attorney General, 1989-1990
- Attorney, White and Case Law Firm, 1986-1988
- Member, Connecticut Public Affairs Network, 1998-present
- Member, National Association of Secretaries of State, 1998-present
- Honorary Chair, Polish American Advisory Council, 1998-present
- Member, Women's Campaign School at Yale University, 1998-present
- Honorary Chair, Student Parent Mock Election, 2002
World War II Veteran; Farmer; Small Business Owner
Shirley Raissi Bysiewicz
Professor, University of Connecticut Law School
Ella: A Biography of Ella Grasso
Susan Bysiewicz (Democrat) is the Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut. Bysiewicz was elected to the office on November 6, 2018.
In addition to running as a Democratic Party candidate, she cross-filed to also run on the Working Families Party line. Bysiewicz originally launched a campaign for governor before switching to the lieutenant governor race in 2018.
Bysiewicz served three terms as the Connecticut Secretary of State from 1999 to 2011. She also represented District 100 in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1993 to 1999.
Bysiewicz considered running for both governor and state attorney general in 2010 but eventually decided against becoming a candidate for either position that year. In 2012, she was a Democratic candidate for one of the state's seats in the U.S. Senate. Bysiewicz was defeated by Christopher S. Murphy in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012.
- Bachelor's degree, Yale University (1983)
- Juris Doctorate degree, Duke University School of Law (1986)
In the midst of her pursuit for a law degree, Bysiewicz wrote Ella: A Biography of Governor Ella Grasso. Gasso was the first woman elected governor of Connecticut in 1984. Following law school, Bysiewicz practiced law in New York as an attorney at Robinson & Cole from 1988 to 1992. She practiced law in Hartford at Aetna Insurance Company from 1992 to 1994.