Anthony Brindisi

Anthony Brindisi
Anthony Brindisi, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 22nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byClaudia Tenney
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 119th district
In office
September 14, 2011 – December 31, 2018
Preceded byRoAnn Destito
Succeeded byMarianne Buttenschon
Personal details
Born
Anthony Joseph Brindisi

(1978-11-22) November 22, 1978 (age 40)
Utica, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Erica McGovern
Children2
EducationMohawk Valley Community College
Siena College (BA)
Albany Law School (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Anthony Joseph Brindisi (born November 22, 1978) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for New York's 22nd congressional district since 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, his district extends from the east end of Lake Ontario through Central New York to the Pennsylvania border, including Utica, Rome and Binghamton.[1]

Brindisi previously served as the New York State Assemblyman for the Utica-based 119th district from 2011 to 2018. Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Brindisi served on the Utica School Board and practiced as an attorney.[2] He defeated Republican incumbent Claudia Tenney in the 2018 election.

Early life and education[edit]

Brindisi was born in 1978 in Utica, New York, to Louis and Jacqueline Brindisi. He has five siblings. His mother died of cancer when he was four years old. He attended Mohawk Valley Community College before graduating from Siena College in 2000. Brindisi received his law degree from Albany Law School of Union University, New York in 2004.[3] He joined the law firm his father founded and later won election to the Utica School Board.[4]

New York State Assembly[edit]

Following the appointment of Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito as Commissioner of the New York State Office of General Services, Brindisi won a special election to replace her to represent the 119th Assembly District, beating Republican Gregory Johnson on September 13, 2011.[5][6] He was unopposed in the 2012 general election, running on the Democratic, Working Families Party, and Independence Party of New York State fusion ticket. He was also unchallenged in 2014 and 2016.[7]

Brindisi voted against the NY SAFE Act, a 2013 gun control law written in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.[8] He was endorsed by the National Rifle Association in 2016, and the NRA also gave him a 100% rating in 2017.[9] The NRA downgraded his rating to an F during his 2018 campaign for Congress.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2018

Brindisi announced that he would run for Congress in New York's 22nd congressional district, which was held by one-term Republican Claudia Tenney of nearby New Hartford. Tenney had served alongside Brindisi in the State Assembly from 2011 to 2017. Brindisi ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

In the first two quarters of fundraising since July 2017, he raised $18,000 more than Tenney. At the end of 2017, Tenney had $573,486 in cash on hand but still owed $170,000 from her previous campaign. Brindisi ended 2017 with $581,851.[11] He was endorsed by Tenney's predecessor, Richard Hanna,[12] despite Hanna being a Republican.

Although some news agencies called the race for Brindisi on election day, there was a possibility that the 17,000 absentee and provisional ballots could affect the final outcome. As of November 8, 2018, Brindisi received 117,931 votes to Tenney's 116,638, a difference of 1,293 votes in Brindisi's favor.[13] On November 19, 2018, with his lead by then having been extended to over 3,000 votes with only 5,548 absentee and affidavit ballots remaining to be counted, those mostly in Oneida County where Brindisi had led on election day, he declared victory.[14][15] By November 20, his lead grew to over 3,900 votes, and there were not enough remaining absentee ballots for Tenney to close the gap.[16][17]

Brindisi with his wife and children in 2019

On November 21, Tenney told local radio station WUTQ-FM that it was unlikely she would overtake Brindisi, and agreed to help with the transition. However, she stopped short of conceding, saying that she wanted to see every ballot counted.[18] She formally conceded defeat a week later, on November 28.[19] The 22nd voted for Donald Trump by a 15% margin over Hillary Clinton in 2016, the largest margin in any House district to change hands from a Republican to a Democrat in 2018.[20]

Upon his swearing-in on January 3, 2019, Brindisi became only the second Democrat to represent this Utica-based district in 68 years, and the third in 119 years. The last Democrat to represent this district was Mike Arcuri, who represented what was then the 24th District from 2007 to 2011.

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Electoral History[edit]

New York's 22nd congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Anthony Brindisi 116,001 46.2
Independence Anthony Brindisi 5,673 2.3
Working Families Anthony Brindisi 4,651 1.9
Women's Equality Anthony Brindisi 1,390 0.5
Total Anthony Brindisi 127,715 50.9
Republican Claudia Tenney 110,125 43.9
Conservative Claudia Tenney 12,061 4.8
Reform Claudia Tenney 1,056 0.4
Total Claudia Tenney (incumbent) 123,242 49.1
Total votes 250,957 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

Personal life[edit]

Brindisi lives with his wife, Erica, and two children in Utica.[2][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Bar Profile
  2. ^ a b "Anthony Brindisi". New York State Assembly. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "Anthony Brindisi announces Assembly candidacy". Observer-Dispatch. Utica, N.Y. March 4, 2011. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Meet Anthony". Anthony Brindisi for Congress. September 22, 2017. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "UPDATED: Primary election results for Oneida, Herkimer counties". Observer-Dispatch. Utica, N.Y. September 13, 2011. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  6. ^ "6 of 6 Dems capture NY Assembly special elections". The Wall Street Journal. September 13, 2011. Archived from the original on February 28, 2018. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  7. ^ "New York District 119 State Assembly Results: Anthony Brindisi Wins". The New York Times. August 1, 2017. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  8. ^ Lewis, Rebecca (March 28, 2018). "Giffords-endorsed Anthony Brindisi has a 100 percent rating from the NRA". City & State New York. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  9. ^ Perry, Luke (March 9, 2018). "NY-22 Minute: Brindisi Questioned on Gun Policy". Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  10. ^ Weiner, Mark (October 9, 2018). "Anthony Brindisi, once top rated by NRA, blames gun lobby for inaction in Congress". Syracuse.com. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  11. ^ Niedzwiadek, Nick (February 16, 2018). "Tenney's Porter comments draw Democratic fire". Politico. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  12. ^ https://www.wktv.com/content/news/Former-Rep-Richard-Hanna-to-endorse-Brindisi-for-Congress-497846371.html
  13. ^ Madison, Samantha (November 8, 2018). "New vote totals make Tenney, Brindisi race closer". Observer-Dispatch. Utica, N.Y.
  14. ^ Anthony Brindisi claims victory over Tenney with majority of absentee ballots counted, Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, Natasha Vaughn, November 19, 2018. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  15. ^ Results from the 2018 General Election, WKTV, November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  16. ^ Madison, Samantha. "Brindisi wins: Lead now exceeds remaining ballots". Uticaod. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  17. ^ Chris Baker (November 20, 2018). "It's over: Anthony Brindisi defeats Claudia Tenney in 22nd Congressional race". The Post-Standard.
  18. ^ "Claudia Tenney accepts Brindisi Victory & Agrees to Help with Transition". November 21, 2018. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  19. ^ Mark Weiner (November 28, 2018). "Claudia Tenney concedes NY-22 election to Anthony Brindisi". The Post-Standard.
  20. ^ Jessica Taylor (May 17, 2019). "Under Four Months Until the Special Election, NC-09 Remains in Toss Up". Cook Political Report.

External links[edit]

New York Assembly
Preceded by
RoAnn Destito
Member of the New York Assembly
from the 119th district

2011–2019
Succeeded by
Marianne Buttenschon
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Claudia Tenney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 22nd congressional district

2019–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Jim Baird
United States Representatives by seniority
352nd
Succeeded by
Tim Burchett