Born and raised in North Bay, Ontario, Anthony Rota was previously elected as an MP for the region in 2004. During that time he served as the Liberal Critic for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario and also as the National Liberal Caucus Chair.
Re-elected in 2015 after losing his seat in 2011, Rota has been named Assistant Deputy Speaker and Assistant Deputy Chair of Committee of the Whole.
Prior to entering federal politics, Rota earned a BA in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University, a diploma in finance from Ottawa’s Algonquin College and an MBA from the University of Ottawa. He has worked as a professor in political science at Nipissing University as well as the director of the university’s government relations.
Between 1994 and 1997 Rota served as a city councillor in North Bay and chaired the city’s Planning and Economic Development Committee.
Rota was the Industrial Research Assistance Program’s regional manager for Ontario and also worked with the Canadian Technology Network. He has also worked in an advisory role with the National Research Council of Canada.
Rota is fluent in French, English, Italian and Spanish. He is active in the communities of Nipissing–Timiskaming and has chaired the Canadian Cancer Society’s local Relay for Life as well as the YMCA’s Kids First campaign.