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Phil GiaQuinta
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Indiana House of Representatives
District 80
In office
2006 - Present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 8
Base salary$22,660.46/year
Per diem$152/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sIndiana University-Bloomington
Place of birthFort Wayne, Indiana
ProfessionUtilities Services Manager, Fort Wayne City Utilities
Office website
Phil GiaQuinta is a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 80. He was first elected ot the chamber in 2006.

GiaQuinta's professional experience includes working as a Utilities Services Manager with Fort Wayne City Utilities and District Manager with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Committee assignments


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

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013
Elections and Apportionment
Financial Institutions
Public Policy


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, GiaQuinta served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, GiaQuinta served on these committees:


Legislative walkout

GiaQuinta and 36 other Democratic representatives participated in a legislative walkout on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 in opposition to proposed legislation limiting union powers in Indiana. The Democratic departure left the House void of a quorum, leaving only 58 of the 67 Representatives needed to establish a quorum.[1] Terri Austin, Steven Stemler, and Vanessa Summers stayed behind to provide, if necessary, a motion and a seconding motion, which would enable them to stop any official business from proceeding should the Republicans try to do so.[1]

On March 7, House minority leader B. Patrick Bauer revealed the Democratic caucus' hideout to be the Comfort Suites in Urbana, Illinois.[2] According to the Indiana Constitution, Article 4, sections 11 and 14, the House may enforce fines and other methods to compel absent members to return. Beginning on March 7, the Democrats were subject to a fine of $250, to be withheld from future expense or salary payments, for each day they were not present in the statehouse.[3] Regarding their actual pay, House Speaker Brian Bosma announced that the 37 lawmakers were required to be physically present in the chambers to receive their per diem payment of $152/day.[2] This move came as a result of the approximated $40,000 in per diem payments automatically made to the legislators during their first seven days of absence. According to reports, the representatives promised to either return the money, or donate it to charity.[2]

March 22 marked the start of the fourth consecutive week of Democratic absenteeism, complete with an increased incentive to return. Governor Daniels and House Republicans upped the ante with daily fines increasing from $250/day to $350/day, effective Monday, March 21. Despite the increased penalties, Democratic resolve remained intact. House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer stated that Democrats "will remain steadfast" in their opposition to bills hurting wages and education in Indiana.[4] Rep. Winfield Moses, Jr. (D) called the increase "a poke in the eye," and promised that it would do nothing to break the impasse.[5]

The Democrats ended the standoff after 36 days, returning on March 28. The two sides agreed to compromise on a number of issues, including shelving the controversial "right-to-work" bill.[3] Although the Democrats returned with some of their wishes granted, their actions were not without consequence. Each absent member accrued a total of $3500 in fines given by Republicans.[3]

The Legislature ended up passing "right-to-work" legislation on February 1, 2012, becoming the 23rd state to do so. Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) immediately signed it into law.[6]



See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012

GiaQuinta won re-election in the 2012 election for Indiana House of Representatives District 80. GiaQuinta ran unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary and ran unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 80, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPhil GiaQuinta Incumbent 100% 16,577
Total Votes 16,577


See also:Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

GiaQuinta defeated Republican candidate Jonathan Moosey by a margin of 6,182 to 2,896 to win re-election. [9] The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

In the May 4th primary, GiaQuinta ran unopposed and received 979 votes. [10]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 80 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png Phil GiaQuinta (D) 6,182
Jonathan Moosey (R) 2,896


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Phil GiaQuinta won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 80. He ran unopposed receiving 14,544 votes.[11]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 80 (2008)
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png Phil GiaQuinta (D) 14,544


On November 7, 2006, Phil GiaQuinta won election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 80.[12]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 80 (2006)
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png Phil GiaQuinta (D) 6,060
Kevin Howell (R) 2,969
Robert Enders (L) 342

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for GiaQuinta is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, GiaQuinta raised a total of $350,970 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 10, 2013.[13]

Phil GiaQuinta's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Indiana State House, District 80 Won $95,712
2010 Indiana State House, District 80 Won $120,437
2008 Indiana State House, District 80 Won $78,561
2006 Indiana State House, District 80 Won $56,260
Grand Total Raised $350,970


GiaQuinta won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, GiaQuinta raised a total of $95,712.


In 2010, GiaQuinta collected $120,437 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[14]


In 2008, GiaQuinta collected $78,561 in donations.[15]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Planned Parenthood of Indiana $5,500
Michael S. Gouloff $4,258
Insurance Institute of Indiana $2,500
Indiana Association of Realtors $2,000
AT&T $2,000
National Wine & Spirits Corp $2,000
Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana $1,750
American Electric Power $1,750
Pape for the 5th $1,500
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $1,250
Indiana Cable Telecommunications Association $1,000
Bradley P. Laconi DDS $1,000
Indiana Beverage Alliance $1,000
Steel Dynamics Inc. $1,000
Robert J. Spolyar $1,000
Comcast of Indiana & Michigan LLC $1,000
Bradley P. Laconi $1,000
Indiana Hospital Association $1,000
Carson Boxberger $1,000


GiaQuinta is a member of the Board of Directors of Community Harvest Food Bank, and a Graduate of Leadership Fort Wayne.[16]

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