Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has appointed Mark F. Kohler '87 to serve as secretary of the state, filling a vacancy left by the resignation of Denise Merrill. Kohler was sworn in on July 1 and will serve until a newly elected secretary of the state takes office in January 2023.
Kohler retired earlier in 2022 from the state Office of the Attorney General, where he served as the associate attorney general and chief of the government administration division. In his 30 years with the office, he served in several divisions. From 2011 to 2021, he directed the Special Litigation Department, charged with representing state constitutional officers, the legislature, and the judiciary. The division handles election matters, charities, gaming, and federal Indian tribal issues.
Before joining the Office of the Attorney General, Kohler was an associate with Shipman & Goodwin from 1990 to 1992.