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CTCPA Member and Former U.S.
Comptroller General David M. Walker
Announces Exploratory Committee
for Statewide Office in Connecticut
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TCPA member and former U.S. Comptroller General and David M. Walker
of Bridgeport announced on January 13, 2014 the formation of an explor-
atory committee for statewide office in Connecticut, with a particular inter-
est in the position of lieutenant governor.
Walker is one of the nation's leading experts on fiscal responsibility and govern-
ment transformation. He has more than 40 years in public, private, and non-profit
sector experience and served during four presidential administrations from Ron-
ald Reagan through George W. Bush.
Walker was appointed comptroller general of the United States by President Bill Clinton in 1998. He was appointed public
trustee for Social Security and Medicare by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. In addition, he was appointed assistant
secretary of labor by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. He was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate on all three
occasions. Most recently, Walker served as CEO of the Comeback America Initiative based in Bridgeport.
What brought you to Connecticut
and why have you stayed here?
My wife Mary and I came to Connecti-
cut when I was the president and CEO
of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation,
which is based in New York City. We
chose Connecticut rather than New
York or New Jersey as our home.
We love Connecticut's history, geo-
graphic location, scenery, quality of
life, and people. We also love our home
and the Black Rock community in
Bridgeport. We would like to stay here
for many more years, but we are very
concerned about the state's future. As
a result, we agreed that, for the first
time in my life, I should seek elected
state office to help address the prob-
lems and create a better future.
Why did you decide to form an ex-
ploratory committee, and why are
you specifically interested in the
position of lieutenant governor?
I decided to form an exploratory com-
mittee for state office to test the pub-
lic's receptivity to my thoughts about
what it is going to take to create a
comeback in Connecticut. I am inter-
ested in the lieutenant governor po-
sition because it is the number two
position in the Executive Branch and
also serves as president of the State
Senate. I have held top leadership po-
sitions with agencies in both of these
branches of government at the federal
level. I also believe that I would be a
strong partner with the next governor
and could help that person achieve a
positive turnaround in this great state.
You served as U.S. comptroller gen-
eral and head of the U.S. Govern-
ment Accountability Office (GAO)
for almost 10 years (1998-2008).
How would those experiences af-
fect the way you'd approach the
office of lieutenant governor?
My experience as comptroller general
is directly relevant to my ability to be
successful in the position of lieutenant
governor. For example, as comptroller
general I led a very successful trans-
formation of the GAO. That experience
is clearly transferrable to state govern-
ment. I also had to deal with cabinet-
level officials and top legislative lead-
ers to get things done. In addition, I
demonstrated an ability to work con-
structively with both sides of the po-
litical aisle in a manner that promotes
progress over partisanship and results
over rhetoric.
Connecticut CPA interviewed Walker about his reasons for pursuing political office
and how his CPA background affects his outlook on state government: