B.A., Yale; J.D., Yale
Tim Bannon, who was the first hire of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, is a former aide and confidant of William A. O'Neill, the blunt, underestimated taproom owner who left the Capitol in January 1991 as Connecticut's longest-serving governor in 100 years. As a chief of staff, Malloy has chosen someone known for a dry sense of humor, a collaborative approach and a fashion sense unchanged since prep school. He is a lawyer and writer with a varied career in law, the corporate world and government. Malloy has said he would have hired Bannon as chief of staff had he won in 2006, the first time he ran for governor. They met when Malloy was mayor of Stamford and Bannon worked for Purdue Pharma. Bannon is a graduate of Yale and Yale Law School who attended Andover with George W. Bush and roomed at Yale with Garry Trudeau, the creator of Doonesbury. As Trudeau memorably recounted in an essay in Time magazine, it was Bush who supplied Bannon with his first fake ID. As a roommate of Trudeau's, he was immortalized as a corrupt lawyer, T.F. Bannon, in a Doonesbury strip. Along with Charles Pillsbury, Bannon is sometimes credited as an inspiration for Michael Doonesbury.After graduation in 1970, he was hired in the planning department in the administration of New Haven Mayor Richard Lee, then considered a cutting-edge mayor. He began law school at Yale in 1974. He became a lawyer at Robinson & Cole, where he worked with James Wade, a partner who was one of O'Neill's close friends and advisers. He juggled a legal career with writing. He wrote articles for Harper's and edited a book written by Gary Hart, who ran for president in 1984. The book was Hart's answer to Walter Mondale's famous question, "Where's the beef?" Even though O'Neill had backed Mondale, the Hart connection led to O'Neill asking Bannon to write a budget address in 1985. He soon was hired as a special counsel to O'Neill. He served as O'Neill's tax commissioner, then returned to the Capitol as a special adviser.He since has had two tenures in the private sector, working at Aetna in Hartford and Purdue Pharma in Stamford, separated by a stint in the state treasurer's office. Bannon announced in November that would he would step down as chief in January.Personal: He is married to Lorraine Aronson, who worked in the administrations of O'Neill, Lowell P. Weicker Jr., and, briefly, John G. Rowland. He has an adult daughter by a previous marriage.