Patrick Raycraft / Hartford Courant
April 11, 2014
Occupation: Senate Minority Leader
Background: McKinney is the son of a former 4th District Congressman and first was elected to the state Senate in 1998. The lawyer has represented the 28th district, which includes his hometown of Fairfield as well as surrounding areas of Newtown, Easton, and Weston, for 15 years. He has served as Senate Republican leader for nearly half that time, elected by his party in June 2007. A moderate Republican, McKinney has never shied to criticize Gov. Malloy's economic policy, but often moves to the center on social issues, including guns and same-sex marriage. During his time in state government, he has pursued legislation to improve mass transit for Fairfield County commuters and helped to pass a bill requiring mandatory minimum prison sentences for prison offenders. He negotiated the bipartisan gun control deal legislative leaders reached last year in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
McKinney is a graduate of Fairfield Prep, Yale, and UConn Law. He also explored a gubernatorial run in 2010, but dropped out in early January, opting instead to continue his work in the legislature and saying the race would take too much time away from his three young children. This time around, he stepped down from his seat in the Senate and chose instead to focus full time on the governor's race.
Campaign Promises: Cut taxes on income, sales, business, and gas. Repeal the corporate tax surcharge to improve state's business climate. Introduce "zero-based budgeting" and build each budget "from the ground up" instead of using the previous year's budget as a launching point.
Seeking Public Financing: Yes