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Minnie Gonzalez (born August 4, 1950) is an American politician who has been a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives since 1997, serving the 3rd district in Hartford. She is the Deputy Majority Leader since 2017.[1][2]

Minnie Gonzalez
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from the 3rd district
Assumed office
January 8, 1997
Preceded byEdwin E. Garcia
Personal details
Born
Guillermina Gonzalez

(1950-08-04) August 4, 1950 (age 69)
Adjuntas, Puerto Rico
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Ramon L. Arroyo

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Personal lifeEdit

Gonzalez was born in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico into a family of seven siblings. She graduated from Adjuntas High School. In 1981 Gonzalez migrated to the United States, where she worked as a Special Deputy Sheriff at the West Hartford Superior Court in Connecticut and as an Assistant Registrar of Voters. She is married to Ramon L. Arroyo, and she has two sons and one daughter.[1][2]

Political careerEdit

In 1986, Gonzalez was elected to the Hartford Town Committee. Ten years later she was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives for the 3rd district, which is composed of the Parkville, Frog Hollow and Behind the Rocks neighborhoods in Hartford. She served as the Assistant Majority Leader from 2003 to 2004, as Assistant Majority Whip from 2005 to 2006, as Deputy Majority Whip-at-Large from 2007 to 2014, as Chief Majority Whip from 2015 to 2016 and as Deputy Majority Leader since 2017.[1][3]

Gonzales serves on the Appropriations, Housing and the Public Safety and Security Committees.[4]

Political views and accomplishmentsEdit

EducationEdit

Gonzalez wants to invest more in technical high schools, and to established free community college for Connecticut residents.[5]

Family court reformEdit

Gonzalez is a long time advocate for family court reform.[6][7][8] Based on scientific research,[9] she has sponsored legislation to create a rebuttable legal presumption that shared parenting is in the best interest of children with divorced parents, with exceptions for child abuse and neglect.[10] She has also sponsored legislation concerning parental alienation, to define it as a form of child abuse and to help children reconnected with their alienated mother or father.[11] In 2014, Gonzalez was the driving force behind a new law to limit the use of expensive guardian ad litem's.[12][13] In 2019, she sponsored an even stronger bill so that they are only used in severe cases identified by the Department of Children and Families.[14] Together with republican Prasad Srinivasan and democrat Ed Gomes, Gonzalez was one of only three members of the Judiciary Committee voting against the 2018 reconfirmation of the controversial family court judge Jane B. Emons, who was not reconfirmed despite the positive committee vote.[15][16] In 2019, she organized a public hearing on parental alienation and family court reform.[17]

HealthEdit

When governor Dannel Malloy proposed to cut Medicaid for single people in 2012, Gonzalez objected, asking: We want to fix our budget on the backs of poor people?.[18]

HousingEdit

Together with representative Jason Rojas, Gonzalez sponsored a 2015 housing bill that would have required at least 75 percent of all new affordable housing projects to be built in affluent neighborhoods, in order to reverse the pattern of only building federally subsidized low-income housing in the poorest neighborhoods. Despite attention from the New York Times, the bill died without receiving a vote.[19]

Law enforcementEdit

Gonzalez has supported the use of police body cameras, to protect both police officers and citizens by providing objective truths about police engagements.[20]

In a very unusual success, Gonzalez was a lead legislator preventing the 2018 re-appointment of judge Jane B. Emons, who had originally been appointed by governor Jodi Rell and proposed for reappointment by governor Dannel Malloy.[21][22]

Minimum wageEdit

Representative Gonzalez supports an increase of the minimum wage to $15 an hour.[5] In 2019, she sponsored legislation that would increase the minimum wage from $10.10 to $11 in 2019 and then by another dollar each year until it reaches $15 in 2023.[23]

MarijuanaEdit

In 2019 Gonzalez has sponsored legislation to permit the sale and taxation of marijuana to adults over the age of 21, with some of the new tax proceeds earmarked to curb the opioids epidemic.[24]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Biography". Housedems.ct.gov. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  2. ^ a b "Minnie Gonzalez". Projects.ctmirror.org. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  3. ^ Connecticut Business & Industry Association, Minnie Gonzalez
  4. ^ Connecticut House Democrats, State Representative Minnie Gonzalez
  5. ^ a b State Representative Minnie González, [ww2.housedems.ct.gov/Gonzalez/pubs/Gonzalez_Update18.pdf Legislative Update], 2018.
  6. ^ Mark Pazniokas, CT’s contentious custody cases: Symptoms of flawed family courts, or outliers?, The CT Mirror, April 1, 2014.
  7. ^ Mark Pazniokas, One legislator’s solitary campaign against family court judges, CT Mirror, January 13, 2017.
  8. ^ Jim Picht, US Attorney Deirdre M. Daly: Investigation of corrupt CT courts, Communities Digital News, February 5, 2015.
  9. ^ Lisa Nielsen (June 20, 2017). "10 Surprising Findings on Shared Parenting After Divorce or Separation". Institute for Family Studies.
  10. ^ Legiscan, Connecticut House Bill 6638, 2017.
  11. ^ Legiscan, Connecticut House Bill 6401, 2019.
  12. ^ Christine Stuart, Family Court Reforms Headed To Governor’s Desk, CT News Junkie, April 26, 2014.
  13. ^ Connecticut General Assembly, An act concerning guardians ad litem and attorneys for minor children in family relations matters, 2014.
  14. ^ Legiscan, Connecticut House Bill 5877, 2019.
  15. ^ Connecticut General Assembly, Judiciary Committee, HJ-8, February 16, 2018.
  16. ^ Mark Pazniokas, Legislators use calendar to kill a judge’s career, CT Mirror, May 4, 2018.
  17. ^ Connecticut Network, Family Court System & Parental Alienation Informational Forum and Public Hearing, February 5, 2019.
  18. ^ Keith M. Phaneuf, Budget challenges put Malloy, urban Democrats at odds, The CT Mirror, August 1, 2012.
  19. ^ Thomas B. Edsall, Where Should a Poor Family Live?, New York Times,August 5, 2015.
  20. ^ Hugh McQuaid, New Haven Officials Back Police Camera Bill, CT News Junkie, February 17, 2015.
  21. ^ Bhumika Choudhary, Members of Black and Puerto Rican Caucus Seek to Derail Judicial Re-Confirmation, CT News Junkie, April 9, 2018.
  22. ^ Jack Kramer, Calendar Helps Kill Controversial Judicial Nomination, CT News Junkie, May 7, 2018.
  23. ^ State of Connecticut General Assembly, An act raisin the minimum wage in Connecticut, House Bill #5639, 2019.
  24. ^ Connecticut General Assembly, Connecticut House Bill 5595, 2019.