Alfonse D'Amato

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Power, Pasta and Politics - signed first edition - 1995

Alfonse D'Amato biography

Alfonse D'Amato, full name Alfonse Marcello D'Amato, is an American former politician who served as a United States Senator from New York from 1981 to 1999. Born on August 1, 1937, in Brooklyn, New York, D'Amato is a member of the Republican Party. Throughout his political career, he earned a reputation as a colorful and outspoken figure. D'Amato graduated from Syracuse University in 1959 and later earned his law degree from Syracuse University College of Law in 1961. He practiced law before entering politics, gaining experience that would serve him well in his subsequent career.

In 1980, D'Amato won a surprising victory in the U.S. Senate race against Jacob Javits, a fellow Republican, and Elizabeth Holtzman, a Democrat. He served three terms in the Senate, becoming known for his strong advocacy on behalf of his constituents and his involvement in various legislative issues. As a Senator, D'Amato was actively involved in financial and banking matters, serving as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. He was known for his tough questioning during Senate hearings and for his focus on issues such as transportation and healthcare.

Outside of his legislative work, D'Amato gained attention for his entertaining and often humorous speeches on the Senate floor. He was known for his ability to connect with the public, and his memorable speeches contributed to his popularity. In 1998, D'Amato faced a tough re-election battle against Democrat Charles Schumer and ultimately lost. After leaving the Senate, he continued to be involved in various business ventures and remained a visible figure in the media. Alfonse D'Amato's political career was marked by his dedication to the people of New York and his vocal presence in the Senate. Though his political career concluded in the late 1990s, he left a lasting impact on the political landscape, and his unique style and personality have left a memorable legacy in American politics.

Power, Pasta, and Politics - The World According to Senator Al D'Amato

The feisty senator from New York recounts his journey from obscurity to the U.S. Congress and discusses his investigation of the Whitewater affair involving President Clinton, attacks on his own ethics, health care, and other issues.

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