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John McKinney
Senate Minority Leader
State of Connecticut
John McKinney

John McKinney (R-28) is serving his fifth term in the Connecticut State Senate representing the towns of Easton, Fairfield, Newtown and Weston.  He was elected Minority Leader of the Senate in June 2007 and is a ranking member on the General Assembly’s Environment, Transportation and Housing Committees.  He also serves on the Appropriations and Executive Nominations Committees.

In the Senate, John is regarded as a budget hawk who has fought to lower taxes and eliminate wasteful government spending.  In the tradition of his father, the late Congressman Stewart B. McKinney, John is a fiscally conservative, socially moderate centrist who champions efforts to preserve and protect our environment and increase access to affordable housing.

As a nine year veteran of the Transportation Committee, John has been leading efforts to change the state’s transportation policy to address the long-term challenges of increasing congestion and rising gasoline prices.  In 2005 and 2006, he was instrumental in helping to pass major transportation initiatives that will improve I-95, replace all 342 Metro-North rail cars and create a new Metro-North maintenance facility to service them.

In 2007, he helped author and pass Jessica’s Law for Connecticut, a law that establishes mandatory minimum jail sentences for convicted child sex offenders and takes aim at the growing threat posed by online child predators. 

A parent of three children who attend Fairfield public schools, John is committed to ensuring a high quality of education for all of Connecticut’s students.

An outspoken advocate for job creation, affordable housing and inner-city economic development, John was named the 2007 Legislator of the Year by the Bridgeport Regional Business Council.

He has been recognized as an Environmental Hero by the League of Conservation Voters for his efforts to pass legislation aimed at preserving Connecticut’s open spaces and cleaning up Long Island Sound. 

John was raised in Fairfield and is the youngest of five children of the late Congressman Stewart McKinney and his wife Lucie.  Congressman McKinney, who represented Connecticut’s fourth congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1971 until his death in 1987, served as Republican Leader in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1969 – 1970.

John, 43, graduated from Fairfield Prep in 1982, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in 1986 and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law, with honors, in 1994.  Prior to being elected to the General Assembly, John practiced law at Cummings and Lockwood and was a law clerk to Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Richard N. Palmer. 

John is actively involved in several nonprofit organizations.  He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Women and Families in Bridgeport.  He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Westport/Weston Family YMCA, the Advisory Board of the Fairfield Theatre Company, and is a member of the vestry of Trinity Church in Southport.  John and his family help provide housing and care for people with AIDS through the Stewart B. McKinney Foundation. 

John lives in Fairfield with his wife, Megen, and their three children, Matthew, Graysen, and Kate.