ENG: Anthony J. Portantino (born January 29, 1961 in Long Branch, New Jersey), has represented California's 44th assembly district since December 2006. He is a Democrat.
Assemblyman Portantino came to California in 1986 to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. He co-wrote and produced the film Time of Tears which was distributed by New World Pictures. He was the Line Producer of the Spanish Christmas movie El Regaldo do Paquito for Telemundo. Assemblyman Portantino also worked as an Art Director for several NBC series which include Unsolved Mysteries, and Story Behind the Story and Final Appeal.
He also was the Production Designer for The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams and the Mark of the Bear.
Assemblyman Portantino served two terms on the La Cañada Flintridge City Council from 1999 until 2006. He served as Mayor from 2001 until 2002 and from 2005 until 2006. In addition, he was President of the League of California Cities Mayor's and Councilmember's Department, Vice Chair of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Advisory Committee and Board Member for the San Gabriel Valley Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
In 2008, Assemblymember Portantino was mentioned as one of the eleven possible for Speaker of the Assembly. He was also one of the Democrats who met in order to thwart the ascent of Assemblymember Karen Bass. There were fears that outgoing Speaker Fabian Nunez was going to have Bass ascend to the speakership with Republican votes if there were not enough Democratic votes.
Bass ended up being elected by the Democrats and as a result, Portantino was stripped of his chairmanship of the Higher Education Committee.
In 2011, Portantino introduced legislation banning open carry of firearms, even if unloaded.
Assemblyman Portantino graduated from Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania with a BS in Psychology/Business.
Assemblyman Portantino is married to Ellen Portantino who also graduated from Albright College. Assemblyman and Mrs. Portantino have two daughters. Sofia, nineteen, attends a University of California school and Isabella, nine, attend public school.