Edwin Gomes

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Edwin Gomes
Connecticut State Senate District 23
Former member
In office
November 14, 2005-January 5, 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Bridgeport City Council
1983-1989, 1999-2005
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1958-1963
Edwin A. Gomes is a former Democratic member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 23 after winning a special election in 2005 until 2013. He served Duputy Majority Leader.

Gomes was a member of the Bridgeport City Council from 1983 to 1989 and again from 1999 to 2005.


Gomes' professional experience includes working as a Laborer/Annealer for Carpenter Steel from 1963 to 1977 and International Representative of District 1 for the United Steelworkers of America. Heserved in the United States Army from 1958 to 1963.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Gomes served on these committees:

  • Subcommittee on Collective Bargaining, Co-Chair
  • Subcommittee on General Government A, Co-Chair
  • Subcommittee on Higher Education
  • Subcommittee on Judicial and Corrections
  • Subcommittee on Regulation and Protection


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Gomes served on these committees:



See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012

Gomes ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut State Senate District 23. Gomes was defeated by Andres Ayala, Jr. in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. Gomes continued to run for the seat on the Working Families Party ticket but his name no longer appears on the list of candidates.[1][2]

Connecticut State Senate, District 23 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAndres Ayala, Jr. 42.5% 2,129
Ernest E. Newton II 34.7% 1,739
Edwin Gomes Incumbent 22.7% 1,138
Total Votes 5,006


See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2010

Gomes ran for re-election to the 23rd District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Milton Johnson (R) in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut State Senate, District 23 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Edwin Gomes (D) 10,797
Milton Johnson (R) 275


On November 4, 2008, Gomes won re-election to the 23rd District Seat in the Connecticut State Senate, defeating Milton Johnson (R).[3]

Connecticut State Senate, District 23 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Edwin Gomes (D) 20,108
Milton Johnson (R) 2,308

Campaign donors


In 2010, Gomes raised $19,435 in contributions.[4]

His two largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Carpenters Local 24 PAC $1,500
Ne Regional Council/Carpenters Ct, OPC $1,000


In 2008, Gomes collected $100,684 in donations.[5]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $83,025
Edwin Gomes $280
Michelle Moore $120
Alfred Czulada $100
Theodore Feng $100


Yankee Institute's Voter Guide

See also: Yankee Institute's Voter Guide

The Yankee Institute, a pro-market think tank, releases its Voter Guide after each two-year legislative term. Each member of the Connecticut General Assembly receives a score from 0 to 10 based on how he or she voted in ten key votes. The Institute selects key votes which "reveal the differences between those legislators that would harness the power of individual liberty and the market to improve lives, and those that prefer a centrally-planned approach." A legislator with a 10 voted in agreement with the Yankee Institute on all 10 votes, while a legislator with a 0 voted against the Yankee Institute's views or was absent for all 10 votes.[6]


Gomes received a score of 0 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied with 15 others for the lowest score among the 36 scored members of the Connecticut Senate. This score was 2 lower than his score of 2 for the 2009-10 term.[6]


Gomes is married and has six children.

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Preceded by
Connecticut State Senate - District 23
Succeeded by
Andres Ayala, Jr. (D)