Robyn Porter

Position
State Representative
District
94th District: Hamden, New Haven
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Committees
Appropriations (vice chair), Human Services, Judiciary
Previous Positions
Co-chair, Newhallville Community Resilience Team
Education
A.S., Gateway Community College; B.S., Charter Oak State College
Occupation
Administrative assistant
Public Financing
Yes
Robyn Porter, a Democrat, played a dramatic role in the passage of a domestic violence bill in 2016 that conservative opponents had thwarted the previous year. At the end of a six-hour debate, Porter stood and talked about the abuse she suffered 23 years ago and the difficulty of exiting an abusive relationship with a man who owned a gun. "To just do nothing on this bill would be a crime."

The bill would require gun owners to surrender their firearms to police or a licensed firearms dealer within 24 hours of being served with a temporary restraining order. The weapons would be returned if a judge found no basis for a permanent order with 14 days. Once the bill passed, 104-42, colleagues lined up to embrace her, some in tears.

Porter works for the Communication Workers of America as an administrative assistant. She grew up in Queens, New York, but has lived in Connecticut for more than 14 years.

She took office in the waning days of the 2014 session, the last domino to fall in a string of political successions: Sen. Toni Harp resigned to become mayor of New Haven and was succeeded in the Senate by Rep. Gary Winfield, who resigned from the House and was succeeded by Porter.

She lives New Haven, and has two children.
Election history
Porter won a special election for an open seat in 2014, succeeding Democrat Gary Winfield.
Most recent election
Robyn A Porter D 6955
Robyn A Porter WF 471
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