Gomes, Edwin A.

District towns: Bridgeport and Stratford

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Election history: Gomes won a special election in 2005, succeeding Democrat Ernest Newton, who resigned after his conviction on a bribery charge.

2008 general election

Milton Johnson (R) 2,308 10 percent

Edwin A. Gomes (D)

20,108 85 percent
Edwin A. Gomes (WF) 1,105 5 percent

Public financing: Gomes received $84,900 in public financing under the Citizens’ Election Program and returned a surplus of $5,345.05.

Background: Gomes was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1963 and began a 24-year career at Carpenter Steel, a job that also turned him into an activist with the United Steelworkers of America. He left Carpenter in 1977 for a full-time job as a district representative with the Steelworkers.

At end of his Army enlistment, he was stationed in Washington D.C. and participated in a civil rights march that he says changed his life.

Gomes served on the Bridgeport City Council from 1983 to 1989 and from 1999 to 2005, aligning himself with progressives. He joined the board of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group, whose members backed his campaign for the General Assembly. In 2007, he was the only Senate Democrat to oppose a major energy bill criticized by CCAG as insufficiently protective of consumers.

He lives in Bridgeport. He is the father of six, grandfather of 11 and great-grandfather of four.

Committees: Appropriations, General Law, Housing (co-chair), Judiciary, Labor

Education: Bridgeport public schools

Occupation: Retired, United Steelworkers of America

2008 Financial Disclosure: Gomes reported income from a union pension, Social Security and his legislative salary. He owned no real estate, no securities worth more than $5,000 and owed no debts in excess of $10,000.

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.