Gary A. Winfield

Position
State Senator
District
10th District: New Haven, West Haven
Social media
Committees
Housing (co-chair); Judiciary; Labor and Public Employees (co-chair); Education (vice-chair); Appropriations; Finance, Revenue and Bonding; Public Safety and Security; Judiciary
Previous Positions
House of Representatives
Education
B.A., Southern Connecticut State University
Occupation
Labor strategist, CSU-AAUP
Public Financing
No
Gary Winfield, a Democrat, succeeded two institutions of New Haven and State Capitol politics. In the House, he followed William Dyson, who was elected in 1976, when Jimmy Carter led the Democratic ticket and was a power as the long-serving co-chair of the Appropriations Committee. In the Senate, he followed Toni Harp, the long-time Senate co-chair of Appropriations.

He quickly made a mark at the Capitol by taking the lead on one of Dyson's key issues, a move to abolish the death penalty in 2009. He brought fresh energy to the issue in his first session in the House, impressing colleagues and lobbyists for anti-death penalty groups. The abolition bill passed the House by a surprisingly wide margin, just four years after an effort led by Dyson had failed. The bill ultimately was vetoed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell.

In 2011, Winfield voted for a repeal bill that was signed by the new Democratic governor, Dannel P. Malloy. He also voted for Malloy's $1.5 billion tax increase, minimum wage increases, the post-Newtown gun control law, mandating certain private employers offer paid sick days, the decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana, and the legalization of the production and sale of marijuana for limited medical uses.

Winfield played a role in the passage of a police-accountability bill, which established standards for investigating officer-involved shootings and equipping police with body cameras. He also was a strong backer of Malloy's "Second Chance Society" bill, which eliminates prison as a punishment for many drug possession crimes.

He has embraced social media to communicate with constituents. He created a Facebook page to gather information on the state's backlog in processing unemployment claims.

Winfield is a veteran of the Navy's nuclear power program.

He was elected as Gary Holder-Winfield, but dropped the hyphenated name after his divorce.
Election history
Winfield won an open seat in a special election in 2014, succeeding former Sen. Toni Harp after her she resigned to become mayor of New Haven. He previously won three elections to the House, beginning in 2008.
Most recent election
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Financial disclosure
In a Statement of Financial Interest filed in 2014, Winfield reported outside wages from CSU-AAUP. He owned no securities with a value of more than $5,000.
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