At a Glance
- Career History: Oneida County district attorney (1993-2006); practicing attorney (1984-1993)
- Birthday: June 11, 1959
- Hometown: Utica, N.Y.
- Alma Mater: State University of New York at Albany, B.A. 1981; New York Law School, J.D. 1984
- Spouse: Sabrina
- Religion: Catholic
- Committees: Transportation and Infrastructure; Rules
- DC Office: 127 Cannon House Office Building, 202-225-3665
- District Offices: Utica, 315-793-8146; Auburn, 315-252-2777; Cortland, 607-756-2470
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Path to Power
Born in 1959, Arcuri was raised in Utica, N.Y. His father worked for the local transit authority, and his mother was a stenographer. After graduating from public high school, Arcuri attended the State University of New York at Albany, where he was a standout football player. He earned All America honors on a team that made a run at the Division III national championship, losing in the semi-finals.
Arcuri went from SUNY Albany to New York Law School, graduating in 1984. He returned to Utica and opened a law practice. In 1993, Arcuri made his first bid for public office, winning a come-from-behind victory to become the first Democratic district attorney of Oneida County in 40 years.
Arcuri joined the House Blue Dogs after entering the House in 2007, and he has sought to cultivate a moderate, independent image. That effort increased after his reelection scare in 2008.
While Arcuri voted with Democrats 97 percent of the time in the 110th Congress, that percentage has dropped to 90 percent in the 111th Congress.
Arcuri has worked most often with the other like-minded upstate Democrats in the New York delegation, particularly Reps. Maurice Hinchey, John Hall, Scott Murphy, and Dan Maffei. He also partnered frequently with ex-Rep. John McHugh (R-N.Y.) and enthusiastically supported McHugh's nomination by President Barack Obama as Army secretary.
During the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, Arcuri supported homestate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D), but he backed Obama in the general election.