Giovanni Capriglione

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Giovanni Capriglione
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Texas House of Representatives, District 98
In office
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
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

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Capriglione served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2015
Investments & Financial Services
Local & Consent Calendars


In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Capriglione served on the following committees:


Campaign Themes


Capriglione's website highlighted 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."

Wallace Hall impeachment trial

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University of Texas Investigations

Wallace Hall impeachment trialPolitical favoritism in admissions to the University of TexasForgivable loans program at the University of Texas Law School House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations (TSAO)Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Ed Governance, Excellence & Transparency

UT Regents
Wallace HallPaul FosterEugene PowellSteven HicksErnest AlisedaJeffery HildebrandBrenda PejovichAlex CranbergRobert Stillwell

Elected Officials
Rick PerryJoe StrausCharles PerryTrey FischerDan FlynnNaomi GonzalezEric JohnsonLyle LarsonCarol AlvaradoFour PriceJim PittsDan Branch

UT Individuals
Bill PowersLarry SagerBarry BurgdorfKevin HegartyFrancisco CigarroaCarol Longoria
See also: Wallace Hall impeachment trial

Texas state legislators are exploring an unprecedented legal step -- impeaching an appointed official. University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall, who was named to the post by Governor Rick Perry, is the subject of an investigation by a Texas state house committee. Legislators who are in favor of the impeachment process initially set out to investigate whether Hall failed to disclose information on his regent application, revealed protected information about students and exceeded his role as a regent in requesting massive amounts of information. Although the committee left open the possibility of revisiting impeachment, an August 11, 2014 vote passed 6-1 to censure Hall, possibly bringing a close to the more than year-long process.[2][3] In response to the censure vote, Governor of Texas Rick Perry issued a statement defending Hall's actions, saying the regent acted in the best interest of Texas "in the face of withering personal attacks."[4]

Only two elected officials in the history of Texas have ever been successfully impeached.[5] Hall is the first regent to have been censured by the Texas State Legislature.[6]

Governor Rick Perry and others have strongly criticized the attempted impeachment. Critics says it is an effort to criminalize policy differences. In late November 2013, Perry and State House Speaker Joe Straus sent letters to gubernatorial appointees to address the impeachment trial. Perry's letter explained the importance of oversight of state agencies by gubernatorial appointees. In his letter, Straus agreed with Perry and wrote, "Both board members and the Legislature need to ask difficult questions."[7][8][9][10][11]

After he was appointed in 2011, University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall began looking into what he believed to be clout scandals within the University of Texas system. Hall investigated the university's forgivable-loans program and admissions policies and preferential treatment to politically-connected individuals.[12] Hall filed FOIA requests with the University system after his inquiries via his role as a Regent were initially rebuffed.[13] According to his accusers, Hall filed requests of more than 800,000 pages, which some Texas administrators called an unnecessary burden.[14][15] However, a letter from University chancellor Francisco Cigarroa in February 2014 said that Hall requested closer to 100,000 pages.[16][17] In addition, Cigarroa wrote: "During testimony before the Select Committee, some early witnesses implied that the U.T. System has not protected the privacy rights of students, staff, and patients. This is simply not true."[18]

An effort was begun in June 2013 to try and impeach Hall from his position as Regent. Some legislators justified the impeachment on the grounds that Hall did not disclose several lawsuits that he was involved in when he originally completed his Regent background check. Hall updated Governor Rick Perry's office in April 2013 with the full list.[19][20] The lack of lawsuit disclosure by Hall is not unique -- more than 9,000 lawsuits were not disclosed by other appointed Texas officials.[21] No unelected official in Texas has ever been successfully impeached or removed from office.[22] Governor of Texas Rick Perry's spokesperson said the investigations send a "chilling message" to gubernatorial appointees.[23] He added that the investigation was "extraordinary political theater."[24] Texas state legislators have never previously tried to remove an appointed official. Only two elected officials in the history of Texas have ever been successfully impeached.[25]

Richard Legon, president of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, criticized the impeachment process in a November interview with the Austin American-Statesman. He called the impeachment process the "nuclear option" and said it could send a chilling signal to other members of higher education boards. Legon suggested that the board should have first been given the opportunity to address Hall's requests. "It’s fine for a board member to seek information through the appropriate path. The first layer of reining in an overly aggressive board member should be the board," he said.[26]

A January 2014 review by the law firm Hilder & Associates concluded that there was "no credible evidence of a violation of [the state government code] that would warrant a referral for criminal prosecution." The report concluded that Hall had a legitimate reason for having the documents in question. "In light of the fundamental role attorneys play, it would lead to an absurd result were it criminal for an official to provide student records to his or her attorney in the face of litigation, or anticipated litigation, involving these records," Philip Hilder wrote in the report. Hilder submitted the report to the legislative committee. The Board of Regents hired the firm to review whether Hall may have violated any federal privacy laws in his handling of student information. November 2013 testimony prompted committee-member Trey Fischer to request the inquiry. Committee member Dan Flynn said he was not surprised by the findings and was pleased the university counsel reached a conclusion.[27][28][29][30]

The hiring of Rusty Hardin to conduct an investigation into Hall's activities ultimately cost the state $500,000. Although the bills ultimately came to more than $588,000, Hardin's team told State Speaker of the House Joe Straus that a cap of $500,000 would be placed on the expenses.[31][32]

Capriglione 's stance on impeachment

Capriglione said he sees no problem with Hall's document requests and investigations. "And look, he found stuff out. And for that you get dinged for doing your job. I don’t know anybody right now who wants to be a regent at UT," Capriglione said.[33]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Giovanni Capriglione was unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[34][35][36]


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.[37]

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.[37]

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.[38]

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.[39][40]


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In 2013, the Texas State Legislature was in its 83rd legislative session from January 8 through May 27. Thirty minutes after the regular session ended, Governor Rick Perry called legislators back for a special session starting that evening.[41] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[42]

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  • Equality Texas - Equality Texas rankings for the Texas House during the 83rd regular legislative session
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  • Legislators are scored based on issues critical to businesses, taxpayers and families.
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Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

See also: Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index and Empower Texans

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."[43] 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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  1., "Issues," accessed February 13, 2014
  2. Dallas Morning News, "Panel censures but doesn’t impeach UT Regent Wallace Hall," August 11, 2014
  3. Austin American-Statesman, "Panel censures UT Regent Wallace L. Hall Jr.," August 11, 2014
  4. Your Houston News, "Statement by Gov. Perry on UT Regent Wallace Hall," August 11, 2014
  5. Texas Public Radio, "UT Regent Wallace Hall Will Testify In Impeachment Hearing," November 13, 2013
  6. Austin Business Journal, "A first: UT regent censured," August 11, 2014
  7. Texas Tribune, "Perry, Straus reach out to appointees amid Hall inquiry," December 21, 2013
  8. Daily Caller, "Texas tries to topple higher-ed transparency," November 21, 2013
  9. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "Perry calls regent impeachment “political theater”," October 30, 2013
  10. Lubbock Online, "Perry, Straus Reach Out to Appointees Amid Hall Inquiry," December 22, 2013
  11. Texas Tribune, "Letter from Rick Perry to Appointees," November 22, 2013
  12. American Spectator, "Transparency for Thee," October 25, 2013
  13. Daily Texas Online, "Facing impeachment, Regent Wallace Hall defends actions in debate with Sen. Kirk Watson," September 28, 2013
  14. Daily Texas Online, "Former UT System vice chancellor alleges Regent Wallace Hall’s ‘clear intent to get rid of Bill Powers’," October 24, 2013
  15. Dallas Morning News, "UT regent sought 800,000 documents, official says in impeachment hearing," October 22, 2013
  16. Watchdog, "‘Witch hunt’ fallout: Speaker calls for narrower public records law," February 5, 2014
  17. Texas Tribune, "UT System Responds to Transparency Committee Directives," February 3, 2014
  18. Texas Tribune, "Cigarroa letter to the Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations," February 1, 2014
  19. Texas Tribune, "UT Regent Wallace Hall Updates Lawsuit Disclosures," April 30, 2013
  20. Real Clear Policy, "The Campaign Against Wallace Hall," August 15, 2013
  21., "Case against UT regent Wallace Hall is a sham — here’s proof," September 6, 2013
  22. News-Journal, "University of Texas regent not worried by impeachment inquiry," September 9, 2013
  23. Texas Tribune, "Transparency Committee to Mull Impeachment of UT Regent," June 25, 2013
  24. Texas Tribune, "Perry Blasts Impeachment Probe of Wallace Hall," October 30, 2013
  25. Texas Public Radio, "UT Regent Wallace Hall Will Testify In Impeachment Hearing," November 13, 2013
  26. Austin American Statesman, "A UT regent impeachment could make other boards cautious, expert says," November 29, 2013
  27. Dallas Morning News, "UT Regent Hall didn't commit crime, university attorney concludes,"January 16, 2014
  28. Watchdog, "UT Report: Charge against Hall is legally 'absurd'" January 14, 2014
  29. Texas Tribune, "Report: Regent Didn't Violate Student Privacy Laws," January 15, 2014
  30. Texas Tribune Uploads, "Hilder & Associates Report," January 13, 2014
  31. Houston Chronicle, "UPDATED: Wallace Hall impeachment probe cost $500K," July 22, 2014
  32. KWTX, "Cost Of UT Regent Probe Reaches Almost $600,000," July 22, 2014
  33., "Texas lawmaker: Pay attention to the UT law school favoritism," July 9, 2014
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  39. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "Two special sessions likely cost Texans more than $1.6 million," July 30, 2013 (dead link)
  40. MSNBC, "Texas Republican wants Wendy Davis to pay for special sessions," August 1, 2013
  41., "Texas Lawmakers To Tackle Redistricting In Special Session," May 29, 2013
  42. Legislative reference Library of Texas, "Texas Legislative Sessions and Years," accessed June 13, 2014
  43. Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index," accessed February 22, 2014
Political offices
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Vicki Truitt (R)
Texas House District 98
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