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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Anthony D'Amelio (Republican Party) is a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing District 71. D'Amelio assumed office in 1997. D'Amelio's current term ends on January 6, 2021.

D'Amelio (Republican Party) ran for re-election to the Connecticut House of Representatives to represent District 71. D'Amelio won in the general election on November 6, 2018.

D'Amelio is the Owner of Five Capital Realty, a licensed realtor with the Covino Agency, and Co-Owner of Paisano's Restaurant and Bar. He previously was Owner of the Pond View Cafe, a realtor with Advantage Realty, and Co-Owner of the Three of a Kind Family Restaurant.

He served as an Alderman of the Waterbury City Council from 1994-1996, and was a Commissioner with the Waterbury Board of Education from 1990-1994.

D'Amelio is a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Town Plot Neighborhood Association, National Association of Realtors, Waterbury Board of Realtors, and the Holy Names Society of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Professional Experience

  • Owner, Five Capital Realty, 2001-present
  • Licensed Realtor, Covino Agency, 1999-present
  • Co-Owner, Paisano's Restaurant and Bar, 1997-present
  • Owner, Verdi Restaurant and Bad, present
  • Owner, Pond View Cafe, 2002-2005
  • Realtor, Advantage Realty, 1996-1999
  • Co-Owner, Three of a Kind Family Restaurant, 1983-1997

Political Experience

  • Owner, Five Capital Realty, 2001-present
  • Licensed Realtor, Covino Agency, 1999-present
  • Co-Owner, Paisano's Restaurant and Bar, 1997-present
  • Owner, Verdi Restaurant and Bad, present
  • Owner, Pond View Cafe, 2002-2005
  • Realtor, Advantage Realty, 1996-1999
  • Co-Owner, Three of a Kind Family Restaurant, 1983-1997
  • Senior Minority Whip, Connecticut State House of Representatives, 2017-present
  • Representative, Connecticut State House of Representatives, District 71, 1996-present
  • Candidate, Connecticut State House of Representatives, District 71, 2018
  • Minority Whip, Connecticut State House of Representatives, 2013-2016
  • Assistant Minority Leader, Connecticut State House of Representatives, 2011-2012
  • Assistant Republican Leader, Connecticut State House of Representatives, 2009-2010
  • Assistant House Republican Leader, Connecticut State House of Representatives, 2007-2008

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Member, Aging Committee, Connecticut State House of Representatives

Former Member, Commerce Committee, Connecticut State House of Representatives

Former Member, Insurance and Real Estate Committee, Connecticut State House of Representatives

Former Member, Public Safety and Security Committee, Connecticut State House of Representatives

Member, Small Business Advisory Board, District 5, 1996-2000

Member, Small Business Advisory, District 5, 1995-1997

Current Legislative Committees

Member, General Law

Member, Human Services

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • Owner, Five Capital Realty, 2001-present
  • Licensed Realtor, Covino Agency, 1999-present
  • Co-Owner, Paisano's Restaurant and Bar, 1997-present
  • Owner, Verdi Restaurant and Bad, present
  • Owner, Pond View Cafe, 2002-2005
  • Realtor, Advantage Realty, 1996-1999
  • Co-Owner, Three of a Kind Family Restaurant, 1983-1997
  • Senior Minority Whip, Connecticut State House of Representatives, 2017-present
  • Representative, Connecticut State House of Representatives, District 71, 1996-present
  • Candidate, Connecticut State House of Representatives, District 71, 2018
  • Minority Whip, Connecticut State House of Representatives, 2013-2016
  • Assistant Minority Leader, Connecticut State House of Representatives, 2011-2012
  • Assistant Republican Leader, Connecticut State House of Representatives, 2009-2010
  • Assistant House Republican Leader, Connecticut State House of Representatives, 2007-2008
  • Member, Town Plot Neighborhood Association, 2000-present
  • Realtor, National Association of Realtors, 1996-present
  • Member, Holy Names Society, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 1980-present
  • Member, Greater Waterbury Board of Realtors, present
  • Member, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Holy Name Society, present
  • Member, Town Plot Neighborhood Association, present
  • Former Member, Concerned Citizens of Waterbury
  • Former Member, Concerned Taxpayers of Waterbury
  • Member, Connecticut Board of Realtors
  • Former Member, Fire Board, Board of Aldermen
  • Lifelong Member, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish
  • Former Member, Public Safety, Board of Aldermen
  • Former Member, Tax Committee, Board of Aldermen
  • Member, Unico National
  • Realtor, Waterbury Board of Realtors, 1994-present
  • Former Member, Youth Committee, Board of Aldermen
  • Member, By Law Committee, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School, 2002-2004
  • Member, Waterbury Ponte Club, 2004
  • Member, Board of Alderman, 1993-1996
  • Member, Board of Directors, East End Community Club, 1990-1996
  • Member, East End Neighborhood Association, 1993-1996
  • Member, Waterbury Board of Education, 1989-1993
  • Charter Member, Waterbury Inland and Wetlands Commission, 1988-1990
  • Commissioner, Waterbury Inland and Wetlands Commission, 1988-1990
Elections

2018


General election
General election for Connecticut House of Representatives District 71

Incumbent Anthony D'Amelio (R) defeated Stephen Ferrucci III (D) and Danielle Albert (Independent Party of Connecticut Party) in the general election for Connecticut House of Representatives District 71 on November 6, 2018.

Anthony D'Amelio (R)
59.0%
5,018 Votes

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Stephen Ferrucci III (D)
37.1%
3,158 Votes

Danielle Albert (Independent Party of Connecticut Party)
3.9%
334 Votes

Total votes: 8,510

Democratic primary election

The Democratic primary was canceled.

Republican primary election

The Republican primary was canceled.


2016

Elections for the Connecticut House of Representatives took place in 2016. The primary election took place on August 9, 2016, and the general election was held on November 8, 2016. The candidate filing deadline was June 7, 2016.

Incumbent Anthony D'Amelio defeated Danielle Albert in the Connecticut House of Representatives District 71 general election.

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 71 General Election, 2016

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.png Anthony D'Amelio Incumbent 79.87% 6,302
Independent Danielle Albert 20.13% 1,588
Total Votes 7,890
Source: Connecticut Secretary of the State
Incumbent Anthony D'Amelio ran unopposed in the Connecticut House of Representatives District 71 Republican primary.

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 71 Republican Primary, 2016

Party Candidate
Republican Green check mark transparent.png Anthony D'Amelio Incumbent (unopposed)

2014

Elections for the Connecticut House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 12, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 10, 2014. Incumbent Anthony J. D'Amelio was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Raymond E. Rivard (I) in the general election.

Connecticut House of Representatives District 71, General Election, 2014

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAnthony J. D'Amelio Incumbent 84.3% 4,623
Independent Raymond E. Rivard 15.7% 861
Total Votes 5,484

2012

D'Amelio ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut House of Representatives District 71. D'Amelio ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Ernest Brunelli (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 71, General Election, 2012

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAnthony J. D'Amelio Incumbent 60% 5,410
Democratic Ernest Brunelli 40% 3,610
Total Votes 9,020

2010

D'Amelio ran for re-election to the 71st District seat in 2010. D'Amelio defeated Luis M. Quinche, Jr. (I) in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 71 General Election (2010)

Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Anthony D'Amelio (R) 5,583
Luis M. Quinche, Jr. (Ind) 943

2008

On November 4, 2008, D'Amelio won re-election to the Connecticut House of Representatives from Connecticut's 71st District, defeating Stephen Ferrucci, III (D and WF) and Arthur Denze, Sr. (I). D'Amelio received 5,563 votes in the election while Ferrucci received 3,778 votes, and Denze received 1,271 votes. D'Amelio raised $28,701 for his campaign; Ferrucci raised $30,771, and Denze raised $32,165.

Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Anthony D'Amelio (R) 5,563
Stephen Ferrucci, III (D and WF) 3,778
Arthur Denze, Sr. (I) 1,271
Policy Positions

Connecticut State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test

Campaign Finance and Government Reform

1. Should Connecticut participate in the federal REAL ID program?
- Yes

2. Do you support imposing spending limits on state-level political campaigns?
- No

3. Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
- Yes

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Abortion

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.

1. Abortions should be subject to a mandatory waiting period.
- No Answer

2. Abortions should always be legal.
- No Answer

3. Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
- No Answer

4. Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
- No Answer

5. Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
- X

6. Abortions should always be illegal.
- X

7. Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
- No Answer

8. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Crime

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.

1. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

2. Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
- No Answer

3. Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
- X

4. Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
- X

5. Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
- No Answer

6. Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
- No Answer

7. Support state and local law enforcement officials enforcing federal immigration laws.
- No Answer

8. Support hate crime legislation.
- X

9. Support the death penalty in Connecticut.
- X

10. Support a three-strikes law for individuals convicted of three violent felonies.
- X

Education

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

1. Support allowing illegal immigrant high school graduates of Connecticut to pay in-state tuition at public universities.
- No Answer

2. Support state funding of universal pre-K programs.
- X

3. Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
- No Answer

4. Support state education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students.
- X

5. Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
- X

6. Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
- X

7. Support using a merit pay system for teachers.
- No Answer

8. Support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams.
- No Answer

9. Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
- X

10. Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
- X

11. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Gun

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

1. Do you support current levels of enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
- No

2. Do you support current state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
- No

3. Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
- No

4. Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
- Yes

5. Should a license be required for gun possession?
- Yes

6. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Health

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.

1. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

2. Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
- X

3. Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
- X

4. Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
- No Answer

5. Allow patients to sue their HMOs.
- X

6. Require hospitals and labs to release reports on infections that are a risk to public health, while not compromising patient confidentiality.
- X

7. Support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
- No Answer

8. Support allowing municipalities, nonprofits and small businesses to buy into the state employees' health insurance plan.
- No Answer

9. Legalize physician assisted suicide in Connecticut.
- No Answer

Budget and Tax

State Budget: Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.

1. Education (Higher)
- Greatly Increase

2. Education (K-12)
- Slightly Increase

3. Environment
- Maintain Status

4. Health care
- Slightly Increase

5. Law enforcement
- Slightly Increase

6. Transportation and Highway infrastructure
- Greatly Increase

7. Welfare
- Maintain Status

8. Emergency preparedness
- Maintain Status

9. Other or expanded categories
- No Answer

State Taxes: Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.

1. Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
- Yes

2. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

3. Should state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
- No

4. Should accounts such as a "rainy day" fund be used to balance the state budget?
- No

5. Other or expanded categories
- No Answer

6. Alcohol taxes
- Slightly Decrease

7. Cigarette taxes
- Slightly Decrease

8. Corporate taxes
- Greatly Decrease

9. Gasoline taxes
- Greatly Decrease

10. Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
- Eliminate

11. Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
- Eliminate

12. Sales taxes
- Maintain Status

13. Vehicle taxes
- Greatly Decrease

14. Should the business entity tax be repealed?
- Yes

15. Should the business entity tax be repealed on small businesses?
- Yes

Campaign Finance and Government Reform

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

1. Do you support limiting the number of terms for Connecticut governors?
- Yes

2. Do you support limiting the number of terms for Connecticut state senators and representatives?
- Yes

Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?

1. PAC
- Yes

2. Political Parties
- No Answer

3. Individual
- No

4. Corporate
- No Answer

Employment

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

1. Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in today's job market.
- X

2. Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
- X

3. Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
- X

4. Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
- X

5. Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
- X

6. Increase the state minimum wage.
- No Answer

7. Support laws that prevent employers from dismissing employees at will.
- No Answer

8. Support financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
- No Answer

9. Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
- X

10. Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
- X

11. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

12. Include gender identity in Connecticut's anti-discrimination laws.
- No Answer

Environment and Energy

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

1. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

2. Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
- X

3. Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil, etc).
- X

4. Support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops.
- X

5. Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
- X

6. Support funding for open space preservation.
- X

7. Limit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
- No Answer

8. Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
- No Answer

9. Support funding for improvements to Connecticut's power generating and transmission facilities.
- X

Social

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

1. Should Connecticut continue to recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
- Yes

2. Should Connecticut provide state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples?
- No

3. Should Connecticut continue affirmative action programs?
- No

4. Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
- No

5. Do you support a moment of silence in public schools?
- Yes

6. Do you support voluntary prayer in public schools?
- Yes

7. Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
- Yes

8. Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
- Yes

9. Should the state government consider race and gender in state government contracting and hiring decisions?
- No

10. Do you support affirmative action in public college admissions?
- No

11. Do you support state funding of stem cell research?
- Yes

12. Do you support state funding of embryonic stem cell research?
- No

13. Do you support allowing pharmacists who conscientiously object to emergency contraception to refuse to dispense it?
- Yes

14. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Legislative Priorities

1. Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
- No Answer