James F. Spallone is the Deputy Secretary of the State of Connecticut. He was appointed by Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and was sworn in on January 5, 2011.
Mr. Spallone supervises the day to day operations of the office, which employs over 80 people, acts in the secretary’s absence, helps formulate policy and long-term planning and assists in developing and advancing the secretary’s legislative agenda.
Before his appointment, Mr. Spallone served for five terms in the Connecticut House of Representatives, from 2001 to 2011, representing the 36th District, consisting of Chester, Deep River, Essex and Haddam. Mr. Spallone served as House chairman of the Government Administration and Elections Committee, vice-chair of that committee, vice-chair of the Judiciary Committee and assistant majority leader. As a state legislator, Mr. Spallone authored and advanced legislation concerning elections law, campaign finance and open government.
Mr. Spallone was an attorney in private practice from 1993-2011 focusing on civil and criminal litigation. He was a law clerk to the Honorable William J. Lavery of the Connecticut Appellate Court.
Mr. Spallone is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Connecticut School of Law.