Anthony Rota (born May 15, 1961 in North Bay, Ontario) is a Canadian politician and political science professor at Nipissing University. He was a member of the Canadian House of Commons from 2004 to 2011, representing the riding of Nipissing—Timiskaming.
Rota 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.
Prior to his election, Rota worked for the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) as regional manager for Ontario. He has also served with the Canadian Technology Network in Ottawa, and has worked in the private sector. Rota is fluent in French, Spanish, Italian and English.
Rota began his political career at the municipal level, serving as a councillor in North Bay and chairing the city's planning and economic development committee. He won the federal Liberal nomination for Nipissing—Timiskaming in early 2004, defeating rival candidates Susan Church, Hugh McLachlan and Joe Sinicrope with 52% on the second ballot. In the general election held in June of that year, he narrowly defeated Conservative candidate Al McDonald.
Rota was re-elected in the 2006 election, defeating the Conservative Party's Peter Chirico, the NDP's Dave Fluri, and the Green Party's Meg Purdy. In the 2008 election, he was again re-elected. He served as the Liberal Party caucus chair, and as critic for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario.
He ran again in the 2011 election, but lost by just 14 votes to Jay Aspin of the Conservative Party. Due to the narrow margin, however, an automatic judicial recount was required, confirming the margin at 18 votes. Since his 2011 loss, Rota has begun teaching at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario.
In the 2015 election, he was again the Liberal candidate, defeating Jay Aspin (who defeated him in 2011) and once again becoming the MP in the 42nd Canadian Parliament. On December 9, 2015, he was appointed Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole.