MEET ANTHONY

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STRONG, PROGRESSIVE & PROVEN

LEADERSHIP

 

"My name is Anthony Adelino DiLizia. I am a proud, gay, United States Army Veteran running as a Democrat for Connecticut's Second Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

 

My love for our community, my family, and helping others has driven me to become the person I am today; I believe that it has prepared me for representing our district, an endeavor that I would consider to be the greatest honor of my life."

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EARLY LIFE

Anthony Adelino DiLizia was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and moved to Norwich, Connecticut, with his mom, brother, and step-father at the age of two. His mother was the first in her family to graduate college to pursue her career in Nuclear Medicine; his biological father is a working-class, third-generation Italian-American. Although his parents divorced when he was a young age, Anthony's mother and father ensured him the opportunity to grow up close to both sides of his family. Their compromise and cooperation laid the foundation for the strong family values that he has today. 

From an early age, Anthony possessed a deep understanding that access to affordable healthcare and mental health resources are not just a necessity but a human right. He stood by his mother's side as she fought against and beat her merciless cancer; he witnessed the ravaging effects of addiction within close reaches of his family; he experienced the mental turmoil of suppressing his sexuality, and enduring the discrimination that is felt by many LGBTQ+ members living as their truest version of themselves. As a result, it became clear to Anthony that the quality of a person's life should not be hindered by a medical system that buries many Americans in insurmountable debt.

MILITARY SERVICE

Sergeant Anthony DiLizia's passion for helping others drew him to service in the United States Army. He enlisted as an All-source Intelligence Analyst, earning his Top Secret security clearance at age 18. In 2015, Anthony deployed to the Middle East in support of Operations Inherent Resolve and Spartan Shield. He operated as an ISR Tactical Controller, maintaining tasking authority over assigned U.S. drone assets while conducting aerial intelligence operations.

At the end of his first contract, Anthony re-enlisted and earned his second occupational specialty in Behavioral Health. He was assigned to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and immediately was placed as the Non-commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) of his first Behavioral Health clinic. Within a year, he was assigned as Operations Manager for the entire Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), the largest in the Department of Defense. 

During his almost 6 years of service, Anthony dedicated himself to helping care for his fellow Soldier's mental and emotional well-being. His other noteworthy accomplishments include his organization and participation in Fort Hood's Pride observance, joining other Senior leaders on a panel to educate and answer questions about their experiences being LGBTQ+ in the Armed Forces.

During his final year of service, Sergeant DiLizia was tasked as an NCOIC of Fort Hood's drive-through COVID-19 testing site. His frontline work and ability to adapt to this unprecedented mission helped facilitate the large-scale testing of Soldiers throughout the installation.

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