Successful Small Businessman

Giovanni CapriglioneGiovanni is a successful small businessman and proven job creator. He owns a small investing firm that specializes in investing in other small businesses, many based here in Texas. He sees how burdensome government regulations, high taxes and frivolous lawsuits hurt our economy and kill jobs. He wants to get government out of the way to allow entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and create jobs.

Prior to owning his own company, Giovanni was a Senior Vice President at an investment firm where he managed the loan and equity portfolios of various American businesses. Before that Giovanni held various positions at computer engineering companies primarily focused on semiconductor design and Internet products.

Grassroots Fighter

Giovanni is a grassroots fighter for conservative government. Giovanni has spent his time helping Republicans defeat Democrats across the country, volunteering on behalf of Republican candidates in key races in Texas and other states. Locally he led successful campaigns against property tax increases.

 

Giovanni is always on the front lines fighting for conservative solutions and accountable government.

Blessed Family Man

Giovanni has been married for 17 years to his wife Elisa and has three daughters who attend local public schools. They are active in their church and community, co-founding the Southlake Lions Club and supporting dozens of other local organizations. Giovanni has a BS in Physics and an MBA in finance from Santa Clara University.

Legislative Leadership

In the Texas House, Giovanni currently serves on several important committees with the goal to effectively represent the residents of House District 98.

Community Involvement

Giovanni is active in the community with pro-life, business development and other charitable groups such as the following:

  • Mercy House
  • Pregnancy Help For You
  • Kids Matter International
  • Bocce’s Place
  • Metroport Meals on Wheels, Community Storehouse
  • Phillip’s Wish
  • District 98 STEM Scholarship Foundation
  • Colleyville Lion’s Club
  • Keller Lion’s Club
  • Metroport/Southlake Rotary Club
  • Colleyville Woman’s Club
  • Southlake Women’s Club
  • Greater Keller Women’s Club
  • Grapevine Chamber Women’s Division
  • Friends of the Keller/Colleyville Library
  • GCISD Education Foundation
  • Carroll Education Foundation
  • Keller Education Foundation
  • Northwest Education Foundation
  • Neuro Assistance Foundation
  • ALTRUSA
  • Keep Colleyville Beautiful
  • North Texas Special Needs Assistance Partners (honorary Chair)
  • Greater Keller Chamber of Commerce
  • Southlake Chamber of Commerce
  • Grapevine Chamber of Commerce
  • Colleyville Chamber of Commerce

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Yes! Today, I offered an amendment to increase the transparency of taxpayer dollars spent on lobbyists. With this amendment political subdivisions across the state will have to disclose how much tax money they spend on lobbying, contract details and the purpose of the lobbying.

I was excited to see the support of my colleagues in the house, the amendment was added with their help, and now its off to the Senate!
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FINALLY! After a ton of work, we finally passed our transparency legislation! Check out the video for the short version.

Bipartisan Public Information Bill Wins House Approval

The Texas House of Representatives gave final approval on Friday night to bipartisan legislation that closes significant loopholes in the Texas Public Information Act.

Senate Bill 943 restores public access to state and local contracting information in the wake of two Texas Supreme Court rulings that allowed private entities to more easily conceal their
dealings with government.

"Today's passage of SB 943 is a strong statement for transparency in government contracting. I am proud to have worked on this legislation over the last two and a half years to bring back the fundamental importance of knowing how our tax dollars are being spent," said Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R Southlake), who carried the legislation with Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin).

"The Legislature is finally in a position to restore the public's right to know," Sen. Watson said. "If Texans are to hold their public officials accountable, access to public information is essential. I'm proud the Texas Legislature has stood strong for government transparency, and I'm grateful to Representative Capriglione and the dozens of stakeholders who worked with us to develop these agreed-to bills."

Watson and Capriglione set out this session to address businesses' legitimate concern about protecting proprietary information while ensuring the public can obtain key information about the deals made in the public's name.

SB 943 strikes this balance by:

o Restoring the competition or bidding exception to its longstanding interpretation so that only governmental bodies may raise it;

o Creating a new exception for contractors' proprietary information that's shared with a governmental body through the bid and solicitation process;

o Updating the trade secrets exception to include the definition of "trade secret" in the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code;

o Ensuring that contractors cannot raise the propriety information or trade secrets exception to block the public's access to key contract terms and information indicating whether or not a contractor performed its duties under the contract;

o Adding private prisons, private civil commitment facilities, and Alamo managers to the list of "governmental bodies" in the PIA;

o Providing a safe harbor that excludes economic development entities that maintain independence from the governmental bodies with which they do business from the definition of "governmental body" in the PIA; and

o Requiring other contractors to maintain information about their government contracts and share it with the governmental body if the governmental body needs it to respond to a PIA request it receives.

The legislation was crafted in consultation with the Texas Sunshine Coalition, which was formed during the last interim to advocate for greater government transparency. The coalition includes the Texas Public Policy Foundation, ACLU Texas, the League of Women Voters of Texas and several other organizations.

The Senate will concur with the amendments to the bill before it is sent to Gov. Abbott.
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Dr. Banafsheh Thomas, Family Medicine Physician, was selected to participate as the Doctor of the Day at the Texas Capitol on Friday, May 17. We appreciate Rep. Rafael Anchia for inviting her to participate and Rep. Giovanni Capriglione for introducing her on the House floor.

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The Senate has concurred with House amendments on SB 943, the contracting transparency bill that repairs holes in the Texas Public Information Act. Thanks @KirkPWatson & @VoteGiovanni for all your long, hard work on this issue! #txfoi #txlege #opengovt

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