Representative Minnie Gonzalez was born in Adjuntas Puerto Rico in a family of 7 siblings. Her parents, particularly her mother Virginia, were a big influence in her passion for people, relationships and resolution to assist underprivileged citizens.
She graduated from Adjuntas High School and then got married and is mother to two sons and a daughter. As many of us, looking to improve her family conditions and after the American dream, Minnie migrated to the United States in 1981. As a single mother she endured many adversities as a woman and as a minority.
Soon she continued her mother's model and began to get involved helping others to improve their lives, being active in politics and in the community for many years. When she takes up an issue, Minnie is tireless working feverously with no rest until she finds a solution.
In her eyes "she never intended to be a politician" but her community and political partners saw her natural skills and elected her as a Town Committee Member in 1986 and as a Legislator for the 3rd district in 1996.
Her passion is representing those who cannot represent themselves. Minnie has worked many different campaigns throughout her political involvement.
As a State Representative, she has brought millions of dollars to improve the quality of life of our children and families, mainly in the areas of education, housing and youth services. Ms. Gonzalez worked as a Special Deputy Sheriff in the West Hartford Superior Court for many years, as well as serving as Assistant Registrar of Voters, before running for State Representative
Now in her 9th term, Minnie holds the leadership position Majority Whip at Large and serves on the Appropriations, Judiciary and Public Safety and Security Committees.