Anthony Portantino

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Anthony J. Portantino
Terry Eliot Tornek and Anthony J. Portantino.jpg
Portantino (right) with Terry Tornek, Mayor of Pasadena, in 2018
Member of the California State Senate
from the 25th district
Assumed office
December 5, 2016
Preceded byCarol Liu
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 44th district
In office
December 6, 2006 – November 30, 2012
Preceded byCarol Liu
Succeeded byChris Holden
Personal details
Born (1961-01-29) January 29, 1961 (age 58)
Long Branch, New Jersey
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materAlbright College

Anthony J. Portantino (born January 29, 1961) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Senate. A Democrat, he represents the 25th Senate District which encompasses portions of the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys.

Prior to his election to the State Senate, Portantino served in the California State Assembly from 2006 to 2012, representing the 44th Assembly District. He won election to the State Senate in 2016 after defeating Republican Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich.

Political career[edit]

Portantino served two terms on the La Cañada Flintridge City Council, from 1999 until 2006. There, he was mentored by Carol Liu, who endorsed him to succeed her in the California State Assembly.[1]

Portantino wrote AB 144, a law that made it illegal to open carry an unloaded gun in California.

Portantino's professional experience includes working in the art department and as Property Master with the American Playhouse, was Production Designer on Grizzly Adams: The Mark of the Bear and Art Director on Unsolved Mysteries.

At the request of the Screen Actors Guild in 2010, Portantino proposed an anti-gatecrashing law that would make party crashing a misdemeanor with punishments being up to six months in jail, or a $1,000 fine, or both. He said that party crashing posed a threat to public safety. He introduced legislation to remove tattoos from victims of forced prostitution.[2]

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Portantino served on these committees: Select Committee on Aerospace Governmental Organization Committee, California General Assembly Higher Education Committee, California General Assembly (Chair) Human Services Committee, California General Assembly Labor and Employment Committee, California General Assembly Select Committee on Preservation of California's Entertainment Industry Revenue and Taxation Committee, California General Assembly Sponsored legislation Portantino's sponsored legislation includes: AB 52 - Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program AB 56 - Health care coverage: mammographies AB 169 - Communicable disease: involuntary testing

2011-2012 In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Portantino served on these committees: Accountability and Administrative Review Committee, California General Assembly Higher Education Committee, California General Assembly Human Services Committee, California General Assembly Master Plan for Higher Education Transportation Committee, California General Assembly,_Jr.

After his term finished in the California State Assembly, Portantino initially stated that he would run for Congress against David Dreier, even though the district had yet to be drawn.[3] He later contemplated a run against Senator Carol Liu in State Senate District 25 [4] but opted against it, citing personal reasons.[5] In 2013, Portantino began actively campaigning to fill the seat of Senator Liu, who will be forced out of the District 25 position by term limits in 2016.[6]

Legislative scorecard Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score.[10][11]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Portantino ranked as a 94.


  1. ^ "Liu Endorses Portantino for Assembly". La Canada Valley Sun. 2005-10-13. Retrieved 2013-10-18.
  2. ^ "Portantino's Tattoo Removal Bill Passes Legislature". San Gabriel Valley Tribune. 2012-08-27. Retrieved 2013-10-18.
  3. ^ Abendschein, Dan (2011-06-07). "Portantino Preparing for 2012 Congress Run, But Will He Face David Dreier? - Government". Sierra Madre, CA Patch. Archived from the original on 2011-08-19. Retrieved 2013-10-18.
  4. ^ Kellam, Mark (2011-12-14). "Portantino struggles to find political footing". Glendale News-Press. Retrieved 2013-10-18.
  5. ^ Kellam, Mark and Joe Piasecki (2012-01-19). "Portantino bows out of senate race". Pasadena Sun. Retrieved 2014-10-06.
  6. ^ Gold, Lauren (2013-06-27). "Anthony Portantino kicks off run for State Senate". Pasadena Star-News. Retrieved 2014-10-06.

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