My story is the story of New York: I’m a first-generation American whose parents immigrated from Brazil seeking the American dream— opportunities to work hard, play by the rules, and achieve success. Unfortunately, the opportunities once available to my parents are becoming harder to achieve for my generation and our country.
Now I have the opportunity to serve and give back to our community. I believe the solution to many of our issues in Albany and Washington is a less bureaucratic government. Every day we see activist politicians pushing for bigger government and higher taxes; every day we see an increasing push for outright socialism. The left’s radical agenda will destroy the American dream and opportunity for the next generation, our generation. It couldn’t be more clear: Washington is broken—it’s broken because of career politicians like Thomas Suozzi, who has been living on the taxpayers’ dime for 17 years with nothing to show for it. It’s time for a change.
I’m a next-generation Republican and I’m in this fight to bring common-sense solutions to Washington for your family. I want to expand opportunities for all Americans. Let’s fix Washington and New York. Join me in the fight!
Born in Jackson Heights, Queens to immigrant parents, George Santos grew up in a tight-knit Queens family. His mother Fatima Devolder was born in Brazil to Belgian immigrants that fled the devastation of World War II Europe. His father Junior Santos also grew up in Brazil. Each emigrated to the United States as young adults where they met, married and started a family.
Having grown up in a variety of north Queens neighborhoods, George Anthony went to elementary school at PS 122 in Astoria, then attended IS 125 in Sunnyside. He began preparatory school but did not graduate from it due to financial difficulties for his family. He obtained a GED during his senior year. He then went on to attend Baruch College to study for an economics and finance degree.
After graduating, George Anthony began working at Citigroup as an associate and quickly advanced to become an associate asset manager in the real asset division of the firm. Soon after, he was offered a position at growing Turkish-based tech hospitality firm Metglobal where he led business development efforts growing the US presence of the firm.
George Anthony was then offered an exciting opportunity with Goldman Sachs but what he thought would be the pinnacle of his career was not as fulfilling as he had anticipated. George joined LinkBridge Investors, where he quickly advanced to become one of the youngest vice presidents in the industry. George has been given multiple awards and recognitions for his achievements in the capital markets. George currently works at his family's firm, Devolder Organizations, as a Managing Member where he oversees the asset allocations of the 80MM AUM.
George Anthony was instilled with a passion for philanthropy from an early age. His mother, who passed away in 2016, believed strongly in sharing with people less fortunate and never forgot the basic principles of why her family fled from Europe to Brazil, and why she then emigrated to America looking for a better life. She founded an institution in Brazil to help over 300 impoverished families gain access to basic food necessities, providing non-perishable food monthly over a period of 18 years.
In the mid-1990s, his mother and four friends instituted a daily operation to distribute meals around Northeast Queens to homeless individuals they would spot on the street. George began helping distribute these meals beginning at the age of eight and continued until the effort ended with the passing of his mother and one other key member of the group in 2016.
He and his family also engaged in helping children with EB (Epidermolysis Bullosa). Through various nonprofit organizations across the country supporting children worldwide, they have been proud financers of organizations that help these children in remote parts of the world where they are denied basic hygiene to care for their wounds.
Also passionate about animals and animal welfare, George founded and ran a nonprofit 501(c)(3) called Friends of Pets United (FOPU) from 2013 - 2018, an animal rescue operation, which was able to effectively rescue 2400 dogs and 280 cats, and successfully conducted the TNR (trap neuter and release) of over 3000 cats.
In his spare time, George Anthony enjoys volleyball and tennis and has entered numerous amateur tournaments across the Tri-State area. He is an avid reader and enjoys books ranging from science fiction to autobiographies.