Since Anthony’s parents came to the United States from another country, he has always had a strong sense of responsibility toward the community that he lives in. Anthony’s father was a physician, and he saw him make a difference in the lives of those in need in some of the poorest hospitals and neighborhoods close to where Anthony grew up.
For a significant amount of time, Anthony has been a prominent figure in the politics of Maryland and on Capitol Hill. He has made effective use of this position to advocate for social justice. In his capacity as Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, he successfully campaigned for the abolition of the death penalty in addition to the decriminalization of marijuana and the expansion of record expungement. He also advocated for the expansion of record expungement. In the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, he worked in tandem with Governor Martin O’Malley to enact stringent background check and training requirements for gun sales, as well as a ban on assault rifles and large capacity magazines. These measures were included in the ban on assault rifles and large capacity magazines. He worked in tandem with legislators to enhance services for individuals, such as survivors of domestic violence, neglected children, and veterans of the armed forces, who were not receiving the attention or care they required for their mental or behavioral health needs. Anthony has given his absolute best effort to improve the efficiency and fairness of our judicial system. He has worked tirelessly in Annapolis and on Capitol Hill to reform our criminal and military justice systems and to improve the public’s trust in law enforcement. His efforts were motivated by the desire to improve public confidence in law enforcement.
Throughout the course of the COVID pandemic, Anthony has worked tirelessly to protect the health and safety of the people who live in Maryland and to assist them in overcoming the economic challenges that have been brought on as a direct result of the outbreak. He has made numerous demands, including that the state improve its administration of unemployment benefits, that rapid testing be implemented in our nursing homes, and that access to vaccines be expanded throughout the entire country. He supported putting an end to the practice of evicting people from their homes, fought for the rights of families with low incomes, and assisted local businesses in securing federal funding so that they could continue operating and pay their employees.
Anthony has made a name for himself by consistently taking the case of the underdog in legal proceedings. In our criminal courts, he has defended people who have been the targets of sexual harassment. In addition, he has defended kids in need, the poor, and others who were unable to afford an attorney. He has taken a stand against the tobacco industry and advocated on behalf of smaller businesses in an effort to level the playing field for them with their larger competitors.
Anthony has maintained his advocacy in Congress for a variety of commonsense gun control measures, including expanded background checks, a prohibition on bump stocks, an increase in the minimum age to purchase certain types of firearms, and “red flag laws.” He was successful in getting legislation passed in the House of Representatives that will better protect victims of domestic violence, guarantee voting rights for all citizens who are eligible to vote, preserve the Chesapeake Bay, and ensure that LGBTQIA people are treated fairly under the law. Anthony is a primary sponsor of both the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the George Floyd Justice in Policing Reform Act. Both of these bills are named after civil rights activists.
As Lieutenant Governor, Anthony led the charge to pass the False Health Claims Act, which protects Maryland residents from false claims to state health plans like Medicaid. Additionally, he successfully implemented a pilot program to reduce racial and geographic health disparities, which resulted in improved health outcomes and a savings of $108 million for the state on its initial investment of $15 million. On Capitol Hill, he has continued to advocate for causes that are analogous to those he previously supported.
Anthony fought for additional protections for the people who serve in our armed forces, such as the appointment of a special inspector general to investigate racial inequalities in the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the prevalence of extremism in the armed forces. He spearheaded the effort to remove all references to Confederate soldiers from military installations and properties. This was done to ensure that all service members, regardless of their race, ethnicity, or gender, are able to perform to the best of their abilities.
Anthony served in the role of Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 2007 until 2015. Prior to that, he had served for a total of eight years in the General Assembly, where he eventually became the Vice Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the Majority Whip of the House of Delegates. In the United States House of Representatives, where he represents Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties, Anthony is a member of the Armed Services Committee, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the Veterans Affairs Committee. He also chairs the Veterans Affairs Committee. He served on the Ethics Committee in both the House of Delegates and the House of Representatives during his time in the legislature. He volunteered his time with organizations such as Adoptions Together and Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County, in addition to serving as the chairman of the board at Prince George’s Community College. Anthony began his career as a lawyer in private practice in Maryland in 1994. Prior to that, he had worked as a judicial clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
Anthony received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, both of which he attended and graduated from. Together with his wife, Karmen, he has been instrumental in the development of three productive young adults.