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Bruno Amato
Bruno Amato

Bruno for Congress: Running to retire Kevin McCarthy

Bruno’s parents immigrated from Italy in search of a better life in America. Bruno grew up watching his hardworking parents toil day and night at their low-wage jobs. His father, a tailor, and his mother, a factory worker, saved and sacrificed every day to raise their four children and eventually buy their own home. His parents worked their way to the middle class, and for them, that was the American Dream.

From a young age, Bruno’s parents taught him the importance of hard work and to take nothing for granted. At age eight, Bruno was delivering newspapers. Soon after, he was cutting people’s lawns in the summers and shoveling snow during the harsh winters. In his younger years Bruno attended Catholic school and served as an altar boy and later attended public high school.

Life changed for Bruno when he turned seventeen. His father was diagnosed with cancer, and Bruno having just
received his driver’s license, would drive his weakened father to a VA hospital for his chemo treatments. Bruno graduated from high school and his father passed away just two weeks later.

Bruno always dreamed of following in his father’s footsteps by joining the military. His father, having only been a teenager himself when he arrived in America, served in the US Army during WWII. He was awarded the Purple Heart from wounds received from a mortar blast. His father carried shrapnel from that explosion in both legs for his entire life afterward.

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Service to the country

At only seventeen years old, Bruno enlisted in the US Navy. He worked aboard several Navy ships as a Torpedoman, loading and offloading torpedoes onto submarines. After serving his country, Bruno worked a variety of jobs, most of which didn’t pay well and offered few, if any, benefits. That all changed when he noticed a newspaper ad that announced openings for apprenticeships in the Ironworker’s Union.

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Labor Unions

During his apprenticeship, Bruno proved he could meet the dangerous and physical challenges the job required, including walking across steel beams on structures at high elevations. After three years of apprentice training, Bruno graduated to become a proud Journeyman Ironworker which paid a solid wage and provided full benefits. It wasn’t long before Bruno realized the value of a union: A fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. Bruno found more than just gainful employment in the Ironworker’s Union –he found a brotherhood, a community united in purpose.

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Inspired by a book he read during his worksite lunch breaks, titled “Live Your Dreams,” by Les Brown, Bruno began driving into New York City a few nights a week to take acting classes after putting in a full day of ironworking. He challenged himself to learn a new craft. A couple of years later, he would find himself moving across the country to California with no promises, just an earnest desire to build a life — not unlike his parents before him.

Bruno has been a working actor for the past 20 years and is a proud member of another union, SAG/AFTRA. He is living proof that America still rewards hard work and perseverance. This past year has been a devastating one for so many. Lives lost, jobs lost, schools closed, people in food lines — a country in turmoil. We have relied on our essential workers to keep our communities moving forward, nurses, doctors, delivery drivers, grocers, law enforcement, farmers, just to name a few. Bruno recognizes their wartime commitment and is ready to work on their behalf.

Today, Bruno is committed to serving his country once again by running for Congress in California’s 23rd District, where he resides. Unlike some lifelong politicians in Washington, Bruno is ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work for the great people of the Central Valley.

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Running to retire
Kevin McCarthy

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