D'AMATO, Alfonse Marcello (1937-)

D'AMATO, ALFONSE MARCELLO, a Senator from New York; born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., August 1, 1937; graduated, Syracuse University School of Business Administration 1959; graduated Syracuse Law School 1961; admitted to the New York bar in 1962; public administrator of Nassau County, N.Y. 1965-1968; tax assessor in Hempstead, N.Y. 1969; town supervisor in Hempstead 1971-1977; presiding supervisor in Hempstead, and vice chairman of Nassau County Board of Supervisors 1977-1980; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1980; reelected in 1986 and 1992, and served from January 3, 1981, to January 3, 1999; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1998; chairman, National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee (One Hundred Fourth and One Hundred Fifth Congresses), Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs (One Hundred Fourth and One Hundred Fifth Congresses).

State University of New York
Frank Melville, Jr. Memorial Library
Stony Brook, NY
Papers: Ca. 160 feet. Senatorial papers.

  • D'Amato, Alfonse. Power, Pasta & Politics: The World According to Senator Al D'Amato. New York: Hyperion, 1995.
  • Swint, Kerwin C. "Senator Pothole versus 'Putzhead'," in Mudslingers: The Top 25 Negative Political Campaigns of All Time. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2006: 23-29.