District town: Hartford
Election history: Gonzalez was elected in 1996, succeeding Democrat Edwin E. Garcia. She was one of three Hartford representatives unopposed in the general election in 2008.
2008 general election
|Minnie Gonzalez (D)||3,628||100 percent|
Public financing: Gonzalez did not seek public financing under the Citizens’ Election Program.
Noted: Gonzales migrated from Puerto Rico to Hartford in 1981 and was elected to the Democratic town committee in 1986. She has flourished politically, despite a long-running feud with Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez, whom she unsuccessfully challenged in 2007. She is a married to a political power broker, Ramon L. Arroyo. Gonzalez, who sometimes strays from fellow Democrats, was one of only 17 House Democrats to vote against a same-sex marriage bill.
Committees: Appropriations, Judiciary, Public Safety.
Education: Adjuntas High School, Adjuntas, P.R.
2008 Financial Disclosure: Gonzales reported rental income from four residential properties in Hartford. Her husband reported collecting a pension from the city of Hartford, state unemployment benefits and rental income from a residential property in Hartford.
She filed a confidential addendum listing any debts exceeding $10,000. She declined to release the addendum, as is her choice under the law.
A note on financial disclosure: Every spring, officials are required to disclose the ownership of real estate, the source of any income exceeding $1,000 in the previous calendar year and securities worth more than $5,000. They also are required to file an addendum in which they report any debt of more than $10,000; this may by law be kept confidential.