My name is Tim Gavin, and I'm a Democrat running for State Senate in Connecticut's 28th District to represent Fairfield, Easton, Newtown, and most of Bethel.
The son of two school teachers, I grew up in Canton, Connecticut, attended college at Yale University, then joined the U.S. Army, serving four years as an active-duty infantry officer. During that time I was stationed all across the country, from Fort Irwin in the Mojave Desert, to Fort Jackson in South Carolina. But when it came time to transition back to civilian life I knew exactly where I wanted to live: Connecticut. I now reside in the beautiful town of Fairfield and work as a product lead for the Integrity Institute, a non-profit dedicated to building a healthier social internet.
My transition from the military to civilian life came at a critical time: in the wake of the January 6th insurrection at our nation’s Capitol, when our democracy felt more fragile than ever. That day and its aftermath inspired me to become more involved in the democratic process, supporting our local Democratic candidates and volunteering to help get out the vote in the municipal elections.
With my increased involvement in politics, I grew increasingly frustrated by the current state of affairs. Like many in our state, I’m disappointed by the obstructionism and partisan fighting that seem to dominate the political landscape, creating roadblocks to progress. It's time for our elected officials to actively listen to, and legislate on behalf of, the diverse voices in our communities.
Born and Raised
Raised in the Farmington Valley as the son of public school teachers, I’ve developed a steadfast belief in the strength of our government workers and the beauty of a family life that’s rooted in public service and enriched by public programming, parks, and recreation.
Throughout my life, my family has been deeply involved in our local community, inspiring me to serve as an altar boy in our local church, volunteer at the nature center, and to fulfill conservation projects as an Eagle Scout. At Yale, I led a program that connected students with volunteer service outreach opportunities in the city of New Haven.
I am a proud Army veteran and currently command a Higher Headquarters Detachment in the US Army Reserve. As such, I understand firsthand the sacrifices made by our nation’s military personnel, veterans, and first responders.