|Preceded by Jeff Denham|
Political party Republican
Spouse Julie Cannella (m. 1996)
Role American Politician
|Succeeded by Chris Vierra|
Name Anthony Cannella
Preceded by DeLinda Moore
Relations Sal Cannella (father)
Parents Sal Cannella
|Born March 22, 1969 (age 46)
New Idria, California (1969-03-22) |
Education University of California, Davis
Party California Republican Party
Residence Ceres, California, United States
Similar People Tom Berryhill, Andy Vidak, Adam Gray, Jean Fuller, Cathleen Galgiani
Anthony Joseph Cannella (born March 22, 1969) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Senate. He is a Republican representing the 12th district, encompassing Merced and San Benito counties, as well as parts of Madera, Monterey and Stanislaus counties. Prior to his election to the state senate, he served as Mayor of Ceres, California.
He is the son of Sal Cannella, a former Democratic assemblymember who lost an election bid in the same district in 1998.
Anthony Cannella was elected to the state senate in 2010 with assistance from the California Chamber of Commerce, and re-elected in 2014 as one of few Republicans endorsed by the California Labor Federation. In April 2017 he was the only Republican Senator to vote in favor of Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair & Accountability Act of 2017 (more widely known and reported as the "Gas Tax"); he was promised transportation assistance for the University of California, Merced, and an extension of the Altamont Corridor Express rail line to his district.The Senate bill includes a 20-cent per gallon increase in diesel taxes, a 12-cent per gallon hike in gas taxes and a 5.75 percent increase in diesel sales taxes. Vehicle license fees would be raised an average $38 per vehicle. Drivers would also face a new annual fee to be paid with their vehicle registration, ranging from $25 to $175 depending on the value of their vehicle. The taxes and fees rise each year with inflation. Funds would be used to improve roads, highways and transportation systems in California.