Senator Art Linares
State Senator Art Linares is serving his third term representing the 33rd Senate District of Connecticut.
Sen. Linares is Co-Chairman of the Higher Education and Employment Committee, which oversees all legislation related to the Board of Regents for Higher Education and the Office of Higher Education. He also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Commerce Committee, and is a member of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee and the Transportation Committee.
The grandson of Cuban exiles, he grew up in a household headed by parents who were both small business owners. Sen. Linares was inspired by his parents’ successful businesses to start his own business out of the basement when he was 19 years old.
Sen. Linares co-founded Greenskies, a successful, Middletown-based, commercial solar energy company. The company was named one of the best places to work in Connecticut in the Hartford Courant’s 2016 Top Workplaces list and was the 2015 Solar Power World and SEIA Top Solar Contractor of the Year. It also received the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce Technology Business of the Year award and in 2016, Sen. Linares was named by Hartford Business Journal as one of the 40 Under 40 outstanding young professionals in the state.
Sen. Linares first became involved in politics as a volunteer for U.S. Senator Marco Rubio in Washington, D.C. After gaining hands-on experience in public service by helping the Senator Rubio’s constituents, he was inspired to find a way to serve the people of Connecticut
Sen. Linares attended Westbrook public schools and graduated from the Sykes College of Business at the University of Tampa in Florida, where he majored in entrepreneurship, developing his own company as he earned a college degree.