Ed Gomes was an elected leader, a union leader, a community leader, but more than that he was a friend to every working person in our state, and to our union. Throughout his life, Ed fought for economic, social, and racial justice. From the United Steelworks to the Bridgeport City Council to the Connecticut State Senate, Ed Gomes was a champion for workers. CSEA members will never forget his service, his dedication, or his commitment. Rest in power, Brother Gomes. Solidarity Forever.
Gomes first elected to the Bridgeport City Council in 1983 where he served from 1983-1989 and again from 199-2005 when he was elected to the State Legislature as a State Representative where he continued to proudly serve Bridgeport.
In 2011, then-state Representative Ed Gomes shocked political leaders in the area when, at the age of 75, he underwent a triple bypass surgery and the thought of slowing down didn’t even cross his mind. And while he lost his primary to state Rep. Andres Ayala, four years later when Ayala resigned his seat to become the commissioner of the department of motor vehicles, Gomes threw his hat back in the ring.
To the excitement of many though, Gomes filed to run again in 2015 as a third-party candidate, receiving 49% of the vote, it marked the first Working Families Party candidate to win outside of the State of New York.
His time in the legislature was aptly shaped by his past as a steel worker and labor organizer. His reputation precedes him as a tough, pro-union legislator who saw no problem with breaking with Bridgeport party leaders. Throughout his tenure, CSEA and other unions were able to rely on him to help push through our policy priorities and vision. His actions spoke louder than many politicians words–he worked everyday to strengthen the working class.