Minnie Gonzalez

Position
State Representative
District
3rd District: Hartford
Committees
Appropriations, Judiciary, Public Health
Previous Positions
Hartford Democratic Town Committee
Education
Adjuntas High School
Occupation
Legislator
Public Financing
Yes
Guillermina Gonzalez, known as "Minnie" to colleagues and constituents, migrated from Puerto Rico to Hartford in 1981 and was elected to the Democratic town committee five years later, beginning a nearly 30-year career practicing politics in one of Connecticut's poorest legislative districts. She has flourished politically, despite occasionally feuding with City Hall. She is a married to a political power broker, Ramon L. Arroyo.

Gonzalez was one of only 17 House Democrats to vote against a same-sex marriage bill, but she voted with Democrats for much of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's first-term agenda, including a $1.5 billion tax increase in 2011. She was absent when the House voted in 2012 to repeal the death penalty and in 2014 when it voted to raise the minimum wage to $10.10, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Gonzalez has been a critic of the court system and its use of court-appointed lawyers to protect the interests of minor children in divorce cases. In an email that became public in 2015, Gonzalez described Rep. Rosa Rebimbas, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee as “cold with no heart,” interested in cozying up to judges to ensure future work in family court as a court-appointed guardian of children in contested divorce cases. Gonzalez apologized for mistakenly circulating the email, not for the contents.

She was one of only six legislators to vote against the confirmation of Chase T. Rogers as chief justice of the Supreme Court for a second eight-year term. She objected to Rogers' criticism of Carmen Espinosa, the court's first and only Latina justice, for a strident dissent in a case. Rogers' joined other justices in saying Espinosa had brought "dishonor" to the court.

The State Elections Enforcement Commission imposed a $4,500 civil penalty on Gonzalez for four counts of election-law violations, concluding she was "knowingly present" while four voters filled out absentee ballots in the town clerk's office in Hartford City Hall in the fall of 2006. She lost her appeal in 2013.
Election history
Gonzalez was elected in 1996, succeeding Democrat Edwin E. Garcia.
Most recent election
Minnie Gonzalez D 4454

Victor M Luna Jr. PC 126
Financial disclosure
In a Statement of Financial Interest filed in 2014, Gonzalez reported no wages outside her legislative salary. She and her husband did report income from several rental properties they own in Hartford.
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