Meet Daniel Rizzo

Daniel Rizzo was born in Revere, and has enjoyed a successful career, first in the military and later as a business owner, community activist, family man and public servant. 

A graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston, Dan earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration before spending six years serving our nation as a member of the United States Navy. 

During that time, Dan served aboard the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Independence CV-62 and participated in Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada as well as responded to crises around the world including the Persian Gulf and Beirut. 

Dan is the recipient of the Naval Expeditionary Medal; the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; and holds the designation of Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. 

After completing his military service in 1986, Dan returned to Revere where he, his brother Paul, and their father Dan Sr., founded the Rizzo Insurance Group, Inc.  

For over 30 years Dan, a recipient of the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation, has served as President of Rizzo Insurance.

Additionally, Dan has assumed leadership roles in the Revere Business Community including serving as President of the Revere Rotary Club from 1992-1993, and then as President of the Revere Chamber of Commerce from 1995-1997. 

He is the recipient of Rotary International’s highest honor, the Paul Harris Fellow Award.

In 2000, Dan was elected to the Revere City Council, and in 2009 was elected City Council President. 

In addition, he served as Chairman of the DNC 04 Host Committee which dedicated and marked Revere Beach Reservation as a National Historic Landmark. He was then honored to be elected Mayor of Revere where he served until January of 2016.

Dan is married to his wife, Jane Fitzgerald Rizzo.  They have two sons, Ryan and Nicholas, and are the proud grandparents of two granddaughters, Aryanna and Elayna.

Among his many affiliations and memberships, Dan holds lifetime memberships in the Beachmont VFW, Post 6712 and American Legion Post 61and is a long standing member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge 1272; the St. Mary’s Holy Name Society; and The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #1171.

Among the many highlights of Dan’s political career as a Revere city councilor and Mayor:

  • Dan earned accolades for his leadership following a stunning series of unprecedented EF-2 tornados in 2014, and raised over $250,000 to help victims who had either inadequate insurance coverage or no insurance coverage at all;
  • Dan sponsored, fought for, and placed a moratorium on, zoning variances being granted except in cases of extreme hardship as a member of the City Council;
  • Dan called for, and then helped pass, a resolution, creating the city’s first ever Stabilization Fund, which now holds close to $8 Million- As Mayor, he tripled the amount from roughly $2 Million to close to $6 Million in the city’s ‘rainy day’ fund;
  • Dan helped the Revere Police Department create their first ever annual report, and led monthly discussions with the Chief and senior officers that led to a decline in crime of close to 20% during his 4 years as Mayor; 
  • Dan reduced police overtime while growing the Revere Police Department in just four years from 84 to 104 officers;
  • Dan renewed and reengaged the much needed and desired law enforcement alliances with the North Shore Gang Task Force; the FBI; the ATF; the Boston & State Police; and the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department;  
  • Under Dan’s leadership and guidance, Revere received two bond upgrades as well as its first ever budgeting awards from the Government Finance Officers Association; 
  • Dan worked to attract Market Basket that brought over five hundred jobs to Revere and re-established Northgate as a shopping destination;
  • Dan coordinated with Harley Davidson to increase their Summer jobs opportunities for kids;
  • Dan was proud to receive the prestigious NCUST (National Center for Urban School Transformation) Gold Award being named #1 Urban High School in America; 
  • Dan created the JROTC and Snow Angels; secured a Nellie Mae $3 Million grant for the High School's flipped learning initiative; and oversaw the construction of the long needed new McKinley School, now renamed the Hill School;
  • Dan secured over $7 Million in grants to renovate and revitalize Broadway, and additionally created a public/private partnership with local business owners to upgrade 10 storefronts;
  • Dan oversaw the refurbishing of many parks and playgrounds including: DiSalvo Park, Louis Pastuer Park, Costa Park, and Beachmont School Playground. He also created and established funding for new playgrounds at the Abraham Lincoln School and Oak Island Park, and under his stewardship built three new Little League Fields at St. Mary’s;
  • Finally, Dan secured $2.72 Million in grant money to kick-start the long overdue construction of a new Harry Dello Russo Stadium at a city cost of just $5.5 Million. This complex includes two new basketball courts, two new tennis courts, and the city’s first ever regulation outdoor track.

On November 5, 2019 vote for
Dan Rizzo for Mayor

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