Mary Jodi Rell (born June 16, 1946) is an American former Republican politician and the 87th Governor of the U.S. state of Connecticut from 2004 until 2011. Rell also served as the state's 85th Lieutenant Governor, during Governor John G. Rowland's administration, until he resigned during a corruption investigation.
Rell was Connecticut's second female Governor, after Ella T. Grasso. Rell stepped down from office at the end of her term, after announcing she would not seek re-election in 2010.
Born Mary Carolyn Reavis in Norfolk, Virginia, Rell attended Old Dominion University, but left in 1967 to marry Lou Rell, a U.S. Navy pilot. The couple first moved to New Jersey, where Lou Rell took a position as a commercial airline pilot with Trans World Airlines. The family then moved to a 19th Century farmhouse in Brookfield, Connecticut in 1969. Jodi Rell later attended, but did not graduate from, Western Connecticut State University. She received honorary law doctorates from the University of Hartford in 2001 and the University of New Haven in 2004. In 2015 she received an honorary doctorate degree of humane letters from Western Connecticut State University. In her early career, she tutored and did substitute work for the Hartford Public Schools...
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