Anthony Portantino, Jr.

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Anthony Portantino, Jr.
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California State Assembly District 44
Former Member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Prior offices
La Canada Flintridge City Council
Bachelor'sAlbright College
Place of birthLong Branch, New Jersey
Office website
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Anthony Portantino, Jr. is a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 44 from 2006 to 2012.

Portantino worked 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.

Prior to his election to the Assembly he served on the La Cañada Flintridge City Council from 1999-2006, and was Mayor of the City of La Cañada Flintridge from 2001-2002 and 2005-2006.[1]

Portantino was ineligible to run for re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012 due to term limits.


Political Courage test

Portantino did not provide answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[2]

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. [3],[4]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Portantino ranked as a 94.[5]

Portantino's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 52 - Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program
  • AB 56 - Health care coverage: mammographies
  • AB 169 - Communicable disease: involuntary testing

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Policy positions

Push for open records

On August 1, 2011, the California State Assembly stated that the public has no right to know the individual budgets of assembly members. This came about after Portantino raised an issue stating that his budget was cut after casting the only Democratic vote against the recently passed controversial budget. As a result, he and several media outlets requested that the budget information be made public so that the people could see if members were being punished or rewarded for voting a certain way. The Assembly Rules Committee claimed that such documents are exempt from the Legislative Open Records Act. As a result, Portantino has vowed to introduce legislation to improve transparency and "force the books to be opened."[6]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Portantino served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Portantino served on these committees:



Portantino was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Anthony won re-election to the 44th District Seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the June 8 primary. He defeated Alvaro G. Day and Eytan Kollin in the November 2 general election.[7]

California State Assembly, District 44 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Anthony Portantino, Jr. (D) 81,347
Alvaro G. Day (R) 41,571
Eytan Kollin (L) 4,613


In 2008 Portantino was re-elected to the California State Assembly District 44. Portantino (D) finished with 102,896 votes and was followed by Brian Fuller (R) with 49,246 votes and Thomas Logan (L) with 9,446 votes.[8]

California State Assembly District 44
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Anthony Protantino, Jr. (D) 102,896
Brian Fuller (R) 49,246
Thomas Logan (L) 9,446

Campaign donors


In 2010, Portantino raised $807,620 in contributions. [9]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Faculty Association $15,600
California Medical Association $13,800
Laborers Local 777 $13,550
Professional Engineers In California Government $12,250


Below are Portantino's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[10]

Contributor 2008 total
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400
CA Medical Assoc $14,400
CA Faculty Assoc $12,900
CA State Assoc of Electrical Workers $12,000
CA Credit Union League $11,700


Portantino is married to Ellen. They have two children.

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Preceded by
California State Assembly District 44
Succeeded by
Jeff Gorell (R)