Mary Jodi Rell (b. Mary Carolyn Reavis, 16 June 1946, Norfolk, Virginia) is an American Republican politician. She was the eighty seventh Governor of the Connecticut. Rell was Governor from 2004 to 2011. Before that, she was Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut under John G. Rowland. Rowland resigned during a corruption investigation. Rell was the second female Governor of Connecticut, after Ella Grasso. She was replaced in 2010 by Dannel P. Malloy.