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November 17, 2015 — Senators Martin Looney and Gary Winfield were joined by Veterans’ Affairs Commissioner Sean Connolly and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman in presenting over two dozen Wartime Service Medals to New Haven veterans at a ceremony at Gateway Community College.
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Gary Winfield was elected in 2014 to represent the 10th State Senate District (New Haven & West Haven).
Prior to his election, Gary had served as a state representative for the 94th Assembly District of New Haven and Hamden since his election in 2008. In the House of Representatives he served as a Deputy Majority Leader and most recently sat on the Appropriations, Education and Judiciary committees.
Senator Winfield was the lead sponsor of legislation to abolish the death penalty. He led the fight to pass an abolition bill in 2009, resulting in the first passage of an abolition bill by both the House and Senate. In 2012 Winfield again led the push that resulted in abolition of the death penalty. Believing that the issue of discrimination against transgendered people was of utmost importance to Connecticut, Winfield also led the fight to pass an anti-discrimination law in 2011. In 2012 Winfield again took the lead in working to fix the state’s racial profiling law.
Gary is recognized as a leader on campaign finance reform/clean elections, having been a speaker on the issue at the 2010 and 2011 policy conferences for the Center for Working Families (NY) and the keynote speaker at the 2010-2013 Democracy Matters Annual national Student Summit.
Prior to being elected, Winfield has been a leader on the issue of education reform. Since 2008 he has pushed Connecticut forward as a key legislator changing laws around drop outs, school governance councils and early reading success. Winfield’s work has caught national attention resulting in his being invited to speak at various places around the country on education reform including The Excellence in Action National Summit on Education Reform in 2012 where he pushed back on the notion that unions are the problem.
In 2014, Gary continued to fight for constituent rights by leading the unanimous and bipartisan passage of Senate Bill 371, which prohibits employers from to retaliating against immigrant employees for exercising their rights under various state labor laws. That same year, Gary helped lead Senate passage of legislation to develop a curriculum that local school districts could elect to use to teach the history of the labor movement and enhanced privacy protections for employees.
Senator Winfield was formerly enlisted in the United States Naval nuclear power program where he developed the skills he would later use as a field advisor and manager of electrical construction for Alstom Power. His job with Alstom brought him to New Haven, where he became involved with community issues and continues to reside.
Gary entered Southern Connecticut State University in 2003 and graduated three years later in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. He currently works for the Connecticut State University chapter of the American Association of University Professors.
Originally from Bronx, New York, Senator Winfield credits his experience of growing up in a tough environment, his father succumbing to drugs and watching his mother struggle as a single mother as the source of his passion for social justice.
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April 20, 2016 — Senator Winfield supports legislation that enables students without legal immigration status to be eligible for institutional financial assistance.
August 4, 2015 —Senator Winfield visits the West Haven Senior Center to speak with seniors about the importance of the CARE Act signed into law by Governor Malloy early this summer.