She becomes the only candidate from either party to have won a statewide election. She was elected three times as Secretary of the State, finally leaving office in 2011.
She unsuccessfully ran for Governor before. She tried to run for Attorney General but was ruled unqualified by the State Supreme Court. She ran in a statewide Democratic primary for U.S. Senate six years ago, losing to Chris Murphy.
Bysiewicz has been a practicing attorney since that loss.
Bysiewicz was interviewed about her plans by News 8 Chief Capitol Correspondent Mark Davis on Facebook. That interview can be viewed below: