State Senator Gary Holder-Winfield represents New Haven and West Haven in the 10th Senate District in the Connecticut State Legislature.
During his time both as a State Senator and a State Representative, Gary has fought hard for real education reform, smarter economic development, and safer gun policies in Connecticut. Gary Holder-Winfield has proved himself a passionate, effective leader in the state legislature, standing strong on issues like the abolition of the death penalty. After a governor's veto blocked his first attempt to end the death penalty, Gary kept fighting and championed the bill a second time, winning both houses and the governor's approval in 2012.
He has sponsored dozens of other bills, including legislation addressing school governance councils and drop out rates, immigrant rights, and early reading standards.
Before serving as a State Representative, Gary Holder-Winfield served for five years in the United State Navy as a nuclear engineer. In 2003, Gary attended South Connecticut State University and worked as a manager of electrical construction for Alstom Power. He is the founder of QUEST Educational Initiative and a national proponent of clean election laws.
Originally from Bronx, New York, Senator Holder-Winfield credits his passion for social justice on his experience of growing up in a tough environment, his father succumbing to drugs and watching his mother struggle as a single mother. Senator Holder-Winfield is married to the woman whom he considers the greatest treasure in his life, Natalie. He says marrying her is the best decision he has ever made.