Anthony was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004, and served in the 38th Parliament as Chair of the Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs of the Standing Committee on National Defence. Re-elected in 2006, he occupied the position of Vice-Chair of Veterans Affairs and from 2007 to 2011, he served as the Liberal Party of Canada Caucus Chair. During that time, Rota also served as critic for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor). During the 40th Parliament, he was Vice-Chair of the Industry, Science and Technology Committee.
In 2011, Anthony joined Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario where he was a political science sessional lecturer and served as Director of Governmental Relations. He was nominated at the federal Liberal candidate for the riding of Nipissing – Timiskaming and, during the 2015 federal election, he was re-elected with a 52% of the vote.
Prior to his election as Member of Parliament in 2004, Anthony worked for the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) as regional manager for Ontario and in the field of International Technology Transfer. He also worked as an entrepreneur in the financial and real estate sector during which time he served as President of the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce. He was elected as a city councillor for the City of North Bay (1994-1997) where he served as Chair for planning and economic development. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University, a diploma in finance from Algonquin College and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Ottawa. He is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish.
On December 9, 2015, Anthony was appointed Assistant Deputy Speaker and Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole.
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