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Weekly Featured Profile – Gary Holder-Winfield

Submitted by on March 10, 2014 – 6:10 pm EST


Gary A. Holder-Winfield

Gary Holder-Winfield is a Communist Party USA-affiliated State Senator from Connecticut.

Born in 1974, he spent several years in the United States Navy’s Nuclear Power Program, before leaving to work for Alstom Power Inc.

Gary Holder-Winfield currently works as a Labor Strategist at the CSU-American Association of University Professors, where he is tasked with creating legislative strategy. He became the Chair of the Connecticut Federation of Black Democratic Clubs by the end of 2006.

Holder-Winfield has been a longtime supporter of Gov. Dan Malloy; supporting Malloy in his failed gubernatorial bid in 2006 and in the race for the Democratic nomination in 2010.

He was named Vice Chairman of the Connecticut House Judiciary Committee beginning in the 2011 session.

Holder-Winfield is a regular at Connecticut Communist Party events in New Haven, CT.

He presented the citations to award winners on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Communist Party USA, in Dec. of 2009. The theme of the event was “Keep the Ball Rolling… to win jobs with union rights, health care, peace and equality!”

Holder Winfield was a panelist on the Communist Party’s People’s World 37th Annual African American History Month Celebration, held at the New Haven People’s Center on Sunday, February 27, 2011.

He is is also closely connected to Connecticut Communist Party leader, Joelle Fishman.

In March of 2012, the Host Committee, in honor of Connecticut Communist Party USA member Alfred Marder’s 90th Birthday Celebration, held a get together at the New Haven People’s Center which included Rep. Rosa DeLauro, current New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, State Senator Martin Looney and State Reps. Juan Candelaria, Patricia Dillon, Toni Edmonds Walker and Gary Holder-Winfield.

When New Haven Mayor Toni Harp declared Feb. 23, 2014 as “Craig Gauthier day in the City of New Haven,” the “overflow crowd at the People’s Center burst into cheers.”

Before presenting his life story, Communist Party member Craig Gauthier received additional citations from Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield and was elected two days later to fill the State Senate seat vacated by Toni Harp.



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