Anthony Gonzalez

Anthony Gonzalez

Summary

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Anthony is currently serving his first term in Congress and has pledged to be a conservative problem solver and seek bipartisan solutions to America’s biggest problems. Anthony is fighting to empower Northeast Ohio’s economy, rebalance the trade scales back in the favor of the U.S. and fight for America’s veterans.

Anthony is proud to serve Northeast Ohio on the House Committees on Financial Services and Science, Space and Technology. Anthony resides in Rocky River with his wife, Elizabeth, and their son, Alexander.

About

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Source: Government page

On December 29th, 1960, Anthony’s grandparents fled Cuba under threat of execution from the Castro regime. Along with their children, they came to Ohio in search of a better life inspired by a belief in our democratic principles and the ability to create their own American story.

Anthony grew up in Northeast Ohio where he attended St. Ignatius High School. He went on to earn a scholarship to The Ohio State University where he played wide receiver for one of his mentors, Jim Tressel. On and off the field, they had many great successes including two Big Ten championships and an undefeated record against “That Team Up North.”

After spending a lifetime in and around Northeast Ohio, and 5 years in the NFL, Anthony went to Stanford University where he earned his MBA and learned the fundamentals of running a successful business. Although Anthony earned a world class education and started his business career, he will be the first to tell you that the most important thing that happened out there was that he met the love of his life – Elizabeth.

Anthony is currently serving his first term in Congress and has pledged to be a conservative problem solver and seek bipartisan solutions to America’s biggest problems. Anthony is fighting to empower Northeast Ohio’s economy, rebalance the trade scales back in the favor of the U.S. and fight for America’s veterans.

Anthony is proud to serve Northeast Ohio on the House Committees on Financial Services and Science, Space and Technology. Anthony resides in Rocky River with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children, Alexander and Caroline.

Experience

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1984
Place of Birth: Cleveland, OH
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Spouse: Elizabeth Durot
Children: Nick Gonzalez, Joe Gonzalez

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
1023 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3876
Fax: (202) 225-3059

Canton Office
4150 Belden Village St.
Suite 607
Canton, OH 44718
Phone: (330) 599-7037
Fax: (440) 268-8150

Strongsville Office
13477 Prospect Rd.
Suite 212
Strongsville, OH 44149
Phone: (440) 783-3696
Fax: (440) 268-8150

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2020 Republican Primary

Anthony Gonzalez (R)43,026100%
TOTAL43,026

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

GONZALEZ, ANTHONY E has run in 2 races for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $3,356,720.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

House Committee on Financial Services
House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Subcommittees

Diversity and Inclusion
Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets
National Security, International Development and Monetary Policy
National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy
Research and Technology
Environment

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Congress.gov

Issues

Governance

Federal Spending

Our federal spending is completely out of control and as a new father, I am concerned about the mountain of debt that we are passing on to the next generation of Americans. We are quickly coming to a point where the interest in our debt and the growth in our entitlement programs will consume more than 75 percent of the total federal budget. Additionally, by 2025, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office projects that we will spend more on paying off interest than we will spend on our national defense. This is simply unsustainable. I am committed to working to put Congress back on the right track to better manage our spending and put our country on a path towards success and economic growth for generations to come.

Economy

Jobs And The Economy

My top priority as the representative for Ohio’s 16th district is to empower our Northeast Ohio economy, bring jobs to our area and make our region a destination for young families and small businesses. Despite recent job growth across the country and in our state, Northeast Ohio has a skills gap of 14,000 jobs in advanced manufacturing. We need to do a better job connecting our workforce to a new era of manufacturing jobs and capitalize and expand on our economic recovery by focusing on reforms that will carry us into the 21st century. I believe we do this by promoting fair trade, streamlining our tax and regulatory environment, improving access to capital and reworking our welfare system.

Trade

As your representative in Congress, I have made it my promise to lead in working to bring new jobs and a stronger economy to Northeast Ohio. One of the major pillars to accomplishing this is promoting free and fair trade. With manufacturing at Northeast Ohio’s core, our economy relies on trade partners to produce and export numerous top-quality products. In 2017 alone, Ohio exported $50.1 billion of Made-in-America goods to the world with the majority of that going to Canada and Mexico.

I believe that passing the USMCA is the single most important near-term piece of legislation that Congress can realistically pass between now and the end of the year. For Northeast Ohio, the outcome is clear: across our industries, from agriculture to manufacturing, the USMCA would mean more jobs, higher wages, and a stronger economy. Congress has a responsibility to consider this trade agreement that will inject needed certainty for Ohioans.

Environment

Great Lakes

The Great Lakes are a critical part of Northeast Ohio, not just for recreational purposes, but also for our growing economy. Besides holding 18 percent of the world’s fresh water supply, the Great Lakes support more than 1.5 million jobs and generate $62 billion in wages, much of which is based in our community. I am proud to support Great Lakes legislation that promotes cutting edge research and ensures we have the knowledge and tools to keep our lakes and fisheries healthy for generations to come.

Health Care

Healthcare

Congress needs to work in a bipartisan manner to solve our nation’s biggest problems, including healthcare. Our current healthcare system is not working for Ohio or our nation, but a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act without an alternative plan in place is not an option. Ohioans deserve a healthcare system that puts decisions in the hands of patients and their doctors. It needs to be more affordable, more accessible and higher quality. No family should ever go bankrupt from a healthcare emergency.

Thus far, neither side of the aisle has been able to put forth any policy that will accomplish these goals and get signed into law. I intend to be a leader in moving the healthcare conversation forward and bringing new ideas to the forefront. To this end, I support a healthcare system that expands health savings accounts to put more power in the hands of patients, institutes total price transparency to create a true market-based system, reduces the price of prescription drugs while incentivizing innovation and increases competition between insurance companies by removing artificial state boundaries and providing more flexibility to the states in designing the plans that best fit their needs. I also support protecting people with preexisting conditions and retaining the Medicaid expansion that has helped Ohio fight back against our ongoing opioid crisis.

Immigration

Immigration

I am proud to be the grandson of Cuban immigrants who did everything to ensure they came to this country legally, hiding in Cuba as part of an underground railroad while they awaited visas to come to the U.S. I firmly believe people coming to this country should do so legally, following the rule of law, just as my grandparents did.

There is however, more we can do to fix our current legal immigration process. We must fix the backlog we have in our courts to process cases faster and make it easier for people to get here legally. We also must secure our southern border to stop the trafficking of people and drugs that pour into our country every day. Once we have done this, we will need to find some sort of solution for the population of illegal immigrants who have entered our country illegally and without a means of becoming full legal members of our society. I am committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to accomplish these goals.

Veterans

Veterans

America has the most talented and remarkable military on the planet, and I am proud to represent Northeast Ohio’s strong community of veterans. My grandfather fought in World War II, and through him, I know there is never enough we can do to say thank you to our vets for their service and their sacrifice for our freedom. We owe it to the men and women who wore the cloth of this nation to provide the best services and assistance possible when they return home and to civilian life. This includes improving the Department of Veteran Affairs, expanding mental health treatment options, and ensuring educational and workforce opportunities for our veterans to ensure they are well-equipped to thrive in our job market once they transition back into civilian life.

For too many veterans, navigating the world of veteran benefits can be a maze of paperwork and unknown opportunities. My office is here to help. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance navigating the VA system, please reach out to my Canton office at 330-599-7037 or click here for more information.

Opioid Epidemic

In our state the opioid epidemic has taken a toll on too many families and their loved ones. Ohio is among the top five states with the highest rates of opioid-related overdose deaths at more than double the national rate, and this number is still increasing every year. In 2019 alone, more Americans will die from opioids than in the entire Vietnam War.

To fight back against this crisis, we must improve our border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs across our southern border through modernization of our ports of entry, equipping border patrol agents with better technology to detect heroin and fentanyl, and physical barriers to deter trafficking. We must also cut off the money supply to cartels, identifying and blocking the shell companies traffickers use to hide their illicit money and activities here in the U.S.

Science, Space And Technology

Northeast Ohio is on the cutting edge of technological innovation in the United States, especially where it comes to aeronautics research, thanks to our numerous universities and our very own NASA Glenn Research Center. The research done here in our district is vital to supporting the U.S. aviation economy and ensuring our country remains a global leader in aviation research.

Over the last 60 years, NASA has inspired and changed the world, and our state has played a leading role in making that possible. With continued support, our country can continue to lead the world in improving our understanding of air transportation, the solar system and the galaxies that lie beyond.

As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology, I am committed to working with my colleagues to ensure the United States remains on the cutting edge of technological innovation across the globe. In an era of an emerging China, it is even more critical we maintain our dominance in aviation in space while cautiously establishing a more stable U.S. – China relationship.

Financial Services

Financial services firms play an important role in our economic ecosystem because of their universality. Almost every American in some manner is touched by the industry whether it is by applying for a credit card, taking out a mortgage loan, financing education through a student loan, or opening their first bank account. There are many components of our economy that we should be excited about as a country. Unemployment rates are at a historical low, we have seen stronger GDP growth, and small business optimism remains very high. However, there is still a portion of the country who is not fully experiencing these gains in real terms due to wage growth and other issues.

As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, one of my top goals is to work with my colleagues to expand access to credit through financial technology and more innovative solutions. On the committee, I am privileged to serve as the Ranking Vice Chair on the Subcommittee for Diversity and Inclusion, which provides oversight of the financial services industry for the purposes of increasing minority engagement and employment. Through this, I am fighting to bring a better understanding to the financial services industry of all segments of the population it serves, while also ensuring that the best and brightest possible applicants are brought in across the industry.

News

News Posts

GONZALEZ CALLS FOR G7 SUPPORT TO FIGHT CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY ABUSE OF INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Government page – March 29, 2020

U.S. Congressman Anthony Gonzalez (R – Rocky River) along with Rep. French Hill (R-AR), Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), and Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Friday requesting the president rally support at the upcoming G7 Summit to counteract China’s efforts to abuse the international financial system and hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable.

“As we navigate the devastation caused by the COVID-19 crisis, two things have become abundantly clear. First, China’s complete disregard for the international community has exerted an incalculable cost on our nation and the world. Secondly, holding China accountable and forcing them to play by the rules that they have agreed to is something we cannot do alone,” reads the letter.

“The Chinese Communist Party has egregiously abused international organizations and agreements over the past several years as they seek to expand their influence across the globe,” said Congressman Gonzalez. “It is essential that the United States work with our G7 allies to ensure that international financial institutions stand up against this misconduct and protect member countries and the global economy.”

The letter, signed by 18 members of Congress, asks the President to work in conjunction with U.S. allies at the G7 Summit to ensure that international financial institutions require China to be transparent with their terms of credit as the world’s largest provider of development finance. In recent years, China has used its Belt and Road Initiative, as well as the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Bank, to become a leader in providing capital to low- and middle-income countries as a way of pedaling influence across the globe. The hazy terms surrounding these loans put emerging market and low-income countries at risk of falling into a debt trap that leads to unsustainable payment obligations to China, a situation that will only be made worse as emerging market countries seek additional liquidity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Enforcement of transparency on these loans on the part of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank is critical to ensuring the security of these nations against undue influence from the Chinese Communist Party.

Read the full text of the letter here.

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Videos

Speeches

Congressman Gonzalez speaks on floor in support of CARES Act
Rep. Anthony Gonzalez
Published on March 29, 2020
By: Rep. Anthony Gonzalez

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