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Gary Holder-Winfield
Gary Holder-Winfield.jpg
Connecticut State Senate, District 10
In office
February 28, 2014 - present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 5
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionFebruary 25, 2014
First electedFebruary 25, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Connecticut House of Representatives, District 94
2009 - 2014
Bachelor'sSouthern Connecticut State University
BirthdayMarch 11, 1974
Place of birthBronx, New York
Office website
Gary A. Holder-Winfield (b. March 11, 1974) is a Democratic member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 10. He was first elected to the chamber in the February 25, 2014, special election.

Holder-Winfield served in the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing District 94 from 2009 to 2014.


Holder-Winfield's professional experience includes working at the Connecticut State University-American Association of University Professors. He founded QUEST Educational Initiatives in 2003, and has been a Field Advisor with Alstom Power, an enlisted member with the United States Naval Nuclear Power Program, and an intern with Appropriations Committee Chair Bill Dyson.

He is a neighborhood representative for Empower New Haven, Chair of the Connecticut Federation of Black Democratic Clubs, and member of the Brotherhood Leadership Summit, Community Baptist Church, and People Against Injustice.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Holder-Winfield served on the following committees:

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013


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


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



General election

See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Connecticut State Senate will consist of a primary election on August 12, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 10, 2014. Incumbent Gary Holder-Winfield was unopposed in the Democratic primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[2]

Special election

See also: Connecticut state legislative special elections, 2014

Gary Holder-Winfield (D) defeated Steven Mullins (R) in the special election, which took place on February 25.[3][4][5]

The seat was vacant following Toni Harp's (D) election as Mayor of New Haven.[6]

A special election for the position of Connecticut State Senate District 10 was called for February 25. Candidates were nominated by their party rather than chosen through a primary. The filing deadline for candidates was January 21.[6]

Connecticut State Senate, District 10, Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGary Holder-Winfield 75.6% 3,236
     Republican Steven Mullins 24.4% 1,045
Total Votes 4,281


See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2012

Holder-Winfield ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut House of Representatives District 94. Holder-Winfield ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. He also ran unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8][9]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 94, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGary Holder-Winfield Incumbent 100% 8,301
Total Votes 8,301


See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2010

Holder-Winfield ran for re-election to the 94th District seat in 2010. Holder-Winfield ran unopposed in the November 2 general election.


See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Holder-Winfield won election to the Connecticut House of Representatives from Connecticut's 94th District, defeating Willie Greene (petitioning candidate). Holder-Winfield received 5,828 votes in the election while Greene received 940 votes.[10] Holder-Winfield raised $30,617 for his campaign; Greene raised $795.[11]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 94
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gary Holder-Winfield (D) 5,828
Willie Greene (petitioning) 940

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Holder-Winfield is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Holder-Winfield raised a total of $66,811 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 23, 2013.[12]

Gary Holder-Winfield's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Connecticut House of Representatives, District 94 Won $1,330
2010 Connecticut House of Representatives, District 94 Won $34,864
2008 Connecticut House of Representatives, District 94 Won $30,617
Grand Total Raised $66,811


Holder-Winfield won re-election to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Holder-Winfield raised a total of $1,330.
Connecticut House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Gary Holder Winfield's campaign in 2012
Marquis, Tessa$100
Brown, Michael V.$100
Winfield, Gary$100
Tyson, Audrey$100
Hausladen, Douglas W.$100
Total Raised in 2012$1,330
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Holder-Winfield raised $34,864 in contributions.[13]

His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $26,000 to his campaign.


Listed below is the largest contributor to Gary Holder-Winfield's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $24,977


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Connecticut

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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In 2014, the Connecticut General Assembly was in session from February 5 to May 7.[14]

Legislators are scored on their votes on "issues important to Connecticut's working men and women."
Legislators are scored on their votes on "key environmental bills."

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.[15]


Holder-Winfield received a score of 0 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied with 72 others for the lowest score among the 152 scored members of the Connecticut House of Representatives. This score was 2 lower than his score of 2 for the 2009-10 term.[15]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Toni Harp (D)
Connecticut State Senate District 10
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Connecticut State House District 94
Succeeded by
Robyn Porter (D)