Gonzalez, Minnie

District town: Hartford

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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.

Occupation: Legislator.

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.