Anthony Brindisi

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Anthony Brindisi
Anthony Brindisi, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 22nd district
In office
January 3, 2019 – January 3, 2021
Preceded byClaudia Tenney
Succeeded byVacant
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
Anthony Joseph Brindisi

(1978-11-22) November 22, 1978 (age 42)
Utica, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Erica McGovern
EducationMohawk Valley Community College
Siena College (BA)
Albany Law School (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Anthony Joseph Brindisi (born November 22, 1978) is an American politician who served as the U.S. Representative from New York's 22nd congressional district from 2019 to 2021. A member of the Democratic Party, his district covers a large part of Central New York extending from the east end of Lake Ontario to the Pennsylvania border and includes the cities of Utica, Rome, and Binghamton.[1]

Before his election to the State Assembly, Brindisi served on the Utica School Board and practiced as an attorney.[2][better source needed] He served as the New York State Assemblyman for the Utica-based 119th district from 2011 to 2018. He narrowly defeated Republican U.S. Representative Claudia Tenney in the 2018 election. Brindisi was challenged by Tenney in 2020; a winner has yet to be certified, and this seat remains vacant during the start of the 117th United States Congress.[3]

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 J.D. degree from Albany Law School of Union University, New York in 2004.[4] He joined the law firm his father founded and later won a seat on the Utica School Board.[5]

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.[6][7] 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.[8]

Brindisi voted against the NY SAFE Act, a 2013 gun control law written in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.[9] He was endorsed by the National Rifle Association in 2016, and the NRA also gave him a 100% rating in 2017.[10] The NRA downgraded his rating to an F during his 2018 campaign for Congress.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



Brindisi ran 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. He was endorsed by former Republican congressmen Richard Hanna and Sherwood Boehlert.[12][13] The brand of Republicanism in central New York has traditionally been a moderate one, and Tenney was considered a staunch conservative and an outspoken supporter of President Trump.[14]

On November 19, 2018, Brindisi declared victory.[15][16] 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.[17][18] Tenney conceded 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]

Brindisi with his wife and children in 2019

Upon his swearing-in on January 3, 2019, Brindisi became only the second Democrat to represent the 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.[citation needed]


Brindisi sought reelection in 2020. In October 2019, Tenney announced that she would challenge him.[21] On December 8, a New York state judge ordered a districtwide recanvass of all ballots, including provisional ballots and disputed ballots that were not included in the original count.[22] As of December 29, Tenney held a 29-vote lead, based on unofficial tallies.[23]

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][5]


  1. ^ New York Bar Profile
  2. ^ a b "Anthony Brindisi". New York State Assembly. Archived from the original on January 19, 2018. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  3. ^ Sayer, Ricky (December 22, 2020). "NY-22 house seat to become vacant Jan. 3 with court case continuing into 2021". WBNG. Retrieved December 24, 2020.
  4. ^ "Anthony Brindisi announces Assembly candidacy". Observer-Dispatch. Utica, N.Y. March 4, 2011. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Meet Anthony". Anthony Brindisi for Congress. September 22, 2017. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  6. ^ "UPDATED: Primary election results for Oneida, Herkimer counties". Observer-Dispatch. Utica, N.Y. September 13, 2011. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "New York District 119 State Assembly Results: Anthony Brindisi Wins". The New York Times. August 1, 2017. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Perry, Luke (March 9, 2018). "NY-22 Minute: Brindisi Questioned on Gun Policy". Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  11. ^ Weiner, Mark (October 9, 2018). "Anthony Brindisi, once top rated by NRA, blames gun lobby for inaction in Congress". Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  12. ^ "Former Rep. Richard Hanna to endorse Brindisi for Congress". WKTV News.
  13. ^ "Former GOP Rep. Sherwood Boehlert endorses Brindisi". syracuse. November 2, 2018.
  14. ^ Bade, Rachael; Cheney, Kyle. "Tenney's red-meat rhetoric alarms House Republicans". POLITICO.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ Results from the 2018 General Election, WKTV, November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  17. ^ Madison, Samantha. "Brindisi wins: Lead now exceeds remaining ballots". Uticaod. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  18. ^ Chris Baker (November 20, 2018). "It's over: Anthony Brindisi defeats Claudia Tenney in 22nd Congressional race". The Post-Standard.
  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.
  21. ^ "Claudia Tenney will run for 22nd District in 2020". October 1, 2019.
  22. ^ DeBonis, Mike (December 8, 2020). "Judge orders votes retallied in N.Y. House race with 12-vote margin". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 8, 2020.
  23. ^

External links[edit]

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

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

Succeeded by