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Giovanni Capriglione

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Giovanni Capriglione
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Texas House of Representatives, District 98
In office
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 1
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Giovanni Capriglione is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives representing District 98. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Capriglione served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Government Efficiency & Reform
International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs


Campaign Themes


Capriglione's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Strengthening Texas’ Economy – Pro-Job/Pro-Growth Strategy

  • Excerpt:"Giovanni will focus on issues critical to businesses, employees, taxpayers and families. The best way to increase overall revenue and employment opportunities in Texas is to radically improve the business climate in Texas."

Taxes – No increase in the tax rate, no new fees

  • Excerpt:"Mr. Capriglione . . . has signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayer’s Protection Pledge – committing to never raise taxes."

Promoting Pro-Life Policies – Champion Life

  • Excerpt:"Giovanni will push to stop ALL taxpayer money from reaching Planned Parenthood or similar organizations."

Promoting Quality Education

  • Excerpt:"Giovanni would like to see more local control handed to the school districts – this means the removal of unfunded state mandates, more community involvement and less money sent to the State for redistribution."

Increasing Transparency of Government

  • Excerpt:"Transparency is key to keeping our State Government accountable to the voters. Giovanni will fight against any piece of legislation which builds a wall between voters and information about their tax dollars."



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Texas House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on March 4, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Giovanni Capriglione was unopposed in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[2][3][4]


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Capriglione won election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 98. Capriglione defeated incumbent Vicki Truitt in the May 29 primary election and defeated Michael Goolsby (L) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 98, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGiovanni Capriglione 85.6% 57,539
     Libertarian Michael Goolsby 14.4% 9,694
Total Votes 67,233
Texas House of Representatives District 98 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGiovanni Capriglione 55.6% 7,991
Vicki Truitt Incumbent 44.4% 6,392
Total Votes 14,383


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Capriglione ran in the 2010 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 98. He was defeated by incumbent Vicki Truitt in the March 2 Republican primary election.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Capriglione is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Capriglione raised a total of $164,084 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[7]

Giovanni Capriglione's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 98 Won $162,934
2010 Texas State House, District 98 Defeated $1,150
Grand Total Raised $164,084


Capriglione won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Capriglione raised a total of $162,934.


Capriglione lost the election for the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Capriglione raised a total of $1,150.


Payment for special session

After State Senator Wendy Davis (D) prevented the Republican State Senate from passing a bill that restricts abortion by filibustering the measure for nearly 11 hours, Capriglione suggested that she was the cause of a subsequent special session that cost taxpayers $800,000. Capriglione noted that Davis had benefited from the filibuster politically, and that she collected a significant amount in campaign donations from across the nation after her filibuster. He suggested that Davis personally repay the state for the cost of the extra sessions. Davis and her Democratic allies responded by noting that the agendas for the sessions were set by the Republican leadership, and that Governor Rick Perry (R) had called the sessions.[8][9]


Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy."[10] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.


Capriglione received a score of 94.4 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.


Capriglione and his wife, Elisa, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Vicki Truitt (R)
Texas House District 98
Succeeded by