Bruce F. Caputo

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Bruce Faulkner Caputo
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 23rd district
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1979
Preceded by Peter A. Peyser
Succeeded by Peter A. Peyser
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 87th district
In office
January 1, 1973 – December 31, 1976
Preceded by Thomas J. McInerney
Succeeded by Thomas J. McInerney
Personal details
Born (1943-08-07) August 7, 1943 (age 73)
New York City
Spouse(s) Bonnie Caputo
Residence [[New York, New York]]
Alma mater Harvard University
Georgetown Law School
Occupation Attorney

Bruce Faulkner Caputo (born August 7, 1943) is an American lawyer and politician from New York.

Life[edit]

Born in New York City, he graduated from Deerfield Academy in 1961, Harvard University in 1965 and Harvard Business School in 1967. After leaving Harvard Caputo went to work in the Office of the Secretary of Defense who at the time was Robert McNamara whose Systems Analysis unit hired recent business school graduates to work on various policy issues. During his first four years of working Caputo went to law school at night and received a law degree from Georgetown Law School in 1971.

In 1969 Caputo was one of the four co-founders and a board member and principal stockholder of ICF, a management consulting company. Initially focusing on energy and health care issues, the company later expanded into environmental businesses and began to build engineering capabilities. In 1988 ICF acquired Kaiser Engineers, which had originated as the engineering unit of Henry J. Kaiser's industrial empire and grew to rank among the largest engineering and construction companies in the world. The following year (1989) the combined company went public and eventually traded stock on the New York Stock Exchange. The company operated as "ICF Kaiser," with the consulting unit remaining largely intact.

In 1999, ICF Consulting ended its decade-long affiliation with Kaiser Engineers through a leveraged buyout, financed in part by the CM Equity Partners, LP, an equity investment firm based in New York City.

In 2006, ICF Consulting was renamed ICF International to reflect its growing geographic presence and the increased scope of its offerings from advisory services through implementation and improvement. The firm completed an Initial Public Offering (IPO) and now is a publicly traded firm listed on the NASDAQ under the symbol ICFI.

Caputo was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1972, representing a district in Yonkers. He was re-elected in 1974, and sat in the 180th and 181st New York State Legislatures. Caputo served on the Assembly Ways and Means, Housing and Insurance committees.

In 1976, Republican Congressman Peter A. Peyser gave up his seat to challenge U.S. Senator James L. Buckley for the Republican nomination. Caputo ran for the congressional seat and won, defeating Democratic Assemblyman J. Edward Meyer, a former Republican who became a Democrat in 1973. Caputo's district included Yonkers, three towns in lower Westchester and the Woodlawn, Wakefield, Williamsbridge, Edenwald, Eastchester and Baychester sections of the Bronx. Caputo served on the House Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs committee and the Ethics committee.

In 1978, Perry Duryea, the Republican leader of the State Assembly and front runner for the Republican nomination for governor, picked Caputo as his running mate for lieutenant governor. The Republican state convention nominated them both in fall of 1978. Governor Hugh L. Carey, a Democrat who was elected in 1974, and his lieutenant governor running mate, Mario Cuomo, narrowly defeated the Duryea-Caputo ticket.

Following the 1978 elections Caputo served out his term in Congress and joined the management consulting firm Booz-Allen Hamilton in its mergers and acquisitions and banking departments.

In 1980, Caputo entered the Republican primary against U.S. Senator Jacob Javits, but withdrew after his main rival on the right, Alfonse D'Amato, secured the nomination of the Conservative party.[1] D'Amato defeated Javits in the Republican primary and won the general election in the fall. In his autobiography, "Power, Politics, and Pasta: The World According to Senator Al D'Amato" (1995), D'Amato bitterly criticized Caputo.

In 1981, President Reagan nominated Caputo as an alternate United States delegate to the United Nations General Assembly. The Senate confirmed the nomination and Caputo began serving in the spring of that year.

Early in 1982, Caputo announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who was seeking a second term in the 1982 mid-term election. Considered a young rising star in the Republican Party, Caputo raised money around the country but withdrew from the race after failing to get the support of key Republican and Conservative Party county leaders. The Moynihan campaign told several news outlets that Caputo served in the military when in fact was a civilian at the Pentagon[2][3][4] The entry for Caputo in the official Congressional biography publication, known as the Blue Book, contained no reference to military service. The entry for Caputo in the official New York State Legislature biography publication, known as the Red Book, contained no reference to military service. Caputo's campaign material contained no such reference. Caputo read and approved in advance the Congressional and State Legislature biographies. In fact, Caputo worked as a civilian analyst at the Pentagon.[5] Later that year, Assemblywoman Florence M. Sullivan of Brooklyn won the Republican primary but was defeated by Moynihan.

Since leaving politics, Caputo has worked as a lawyer and private investor in real estate and early stage, generally privately held companies.

Personal life[edit]

Caputo is married to Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo, the first woman pilot for a major airline. They have two children. He is currently a resident of New York, New York.

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References[edit]

New York Assembly
Preceded by
Thomas J. McInerney
New York State Assembly
87th District

1973–1976
Succeeded by
Thomas J. McInerney
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Peter A. Peyser
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 23rd congressional district

1977–1979
Succeeded by
Peter A. Peyser
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ralph G. Caso
1974
Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of New York
1978
Succeeded by
James L. Emery
1982