Holder-Winfield, Gary A.

District town: New Haven

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Election history: Holder-Winfield won an open seat in 2008, succeeding the senior member of the House, William R. Dyson. The real contest in this district is winning the Democratic nomination, as Republicans have little presence.

2008 general election

Gary A. Holder-Winfield (D) 5,828 86 percent
Willie D. Greene (P*) 940 14 percent

*Petitioning candidate

2008 Democratic primary

Gary A. Holder-Winfield 687 54 percent
Charles A. Blango 587 46 percent

Public financing: Holder-Winfield received $24,887.44 in public financing for his primary campaign under the Citizens’ Election Program. He returned a $3.82 surplus to the state.

Background: Holder-Winfield succeeded an institution — Bill Dyson was elected in 1976, when Jimmy Carter led the Democratic ticket – but he quickly made a mark at the Capitol by taking the lead on one of Dyson’s key issues, a move to abolish the death penalty in 2009.

Holder-Winfield brought fresh energy to the issue in his first session, impressing colleagues and lobbyists for anti-death penalty groups. The abolition bill passed the House by a surprisingly wide margin, just four years after an effort led by Dyson had failed. The bill ultimately was vetoed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell.

He has embraced social media to communicate with constituents. He created a Facebook page to gather information on the state’s backlog in processing unemployment claims.

Holder-Winfield is a veteran of the Navy’s nuclear power program.

Committees: Appropriations, Human Services, Judiciary

Education: BA, Southern Connecticut State University.

Occupation: Labor strategist, CSU-American Association of University Professors

2008 Financial Disclosure: Holder-Winfield reported income from his union job. His wife, Natalie Holder-Winfield, had income from AXA Equitable, a global financial services company. She also is owner of Quest Educational Initiatives, which reported no income for the Holder-Winfields. They own a home in New Haven, a condominium in Stamford and a timeshare in Orlando, Fla.

They own no securities with a market value in excess of $5,000.

Holder-Winfield voluntarily disclosed debts in excess of $10,000 to Washington Mutual and Countrywide Financial.

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.