CALIFORNIA.- A notable Greek American, Harry Scolinos, an attorney and businessman, is the Republican nominee for Congress in the 29th Congressional District of California. At the Republican primary he received 58.68%, over his oppondents William Bodell and Reza Torchizy.
More then just another politician, Harry has been successful as an attorney and as a small businessman. Since 1999 he has built, from the ground up, the largest mobile livescan fingerprinting service in the United States.
Harry Scolinos was born in 1944 in Los Angeles, California to Mary and Peter Scolinos, his first generation, Greek immigrants parents. The Scolinos family built a home in San Gabriel, California in 1947 and Harry’s mother still lives in that same house today.
At a message in his web page, we read that “He will bring that experience to work for you. He will work for an economy that grows jobs, not one where government only hands out help to the unemployed. He will represent the 29th district with a common sense approach. As a decorated Vietnam veteran, Harry believes in a strong defense and has not forgotten 911. We need to deal with the terrorists who threaten our country, and protect our borders to keep those terrorists out. We need to support our active duty military, and insure that they, and their families and our veterans are taken care of”.
Harry Scolinos grew up in San Gabriel and attended public schools at Washington and Coolidge Grammar Schools. He played both baseball and football at San Gabriel High School where he graduated in 1962. Harry went on to college at Cal Poly, Pomona where he was student body Vice-President. He graduated from Cal Poly, Pomona in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science.
After college graduation, Harry enlisted in the U. S. Army and was sent to Officer Candidates School to become a 1st Lieutenant in the Infantry in 1967. He subsequently attended Military Intelligence School and went on to serve our country in Vietnam in 1969. While serving in Vietnam, Harry was awarded the Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Upon receiving his honorable discharge from the Army in 1970, Harry enrolled in night law school while working full time for the Automobile Club. He graduated from Beverly Law School (now Whittier Law School) in 1974 and became a member of the California Bar Association. He continued to work for the Automobile Club in their legal department before working for Fremont Indemnity Insurance Company’s legal department.
In 1980 Harry founded a law practice in Los Angeles. He moved the law firm to Pasadena, where they have remained ever since. He is now senior partner of “Scolinos, Sheldon & Nevell”, which specializes in civil litigation.
Harry founded U.S. Fingerprinting Inc. in 1998, which is also headquartered in Pasadena. U.S. Fingerprinting provides mobile computerized live scan fingerprinting service to many different entities, such as churches, schools, youth sports team, and many others. As the current CEO Harry oversees the largest mobile live scan fingerprinting service in the United States.
Throughout his years in Pasadena, Harry has been involved in numerous local non-profit entities such as the Board of Lake Avenue Church; the Walter Hoving Home, which helps female drug users through occupational training; the Door of Hope, which provides shelter for homeless families; and the Braille Institute, which assists the blind. Harry is also a member of the Pasadena Chapter of the NAACP and the Rotary Club of Pasadena.
Harry and his wife Connie, a registered nurse, have been married for 35 years. They have five children: Tasia Scolinos, 31; Alicia Scolinos Medders, 29; Lea Scolinos, 27; Peter Scolinos, 25; and Christiana, 20; along with two grandchildren.