Press release from Indiana State Representative Phil GiaQuinta (D-80th):
Fort Wayne Legislator earns statewide awards for service
Indiana Chamber, Trial Lawyers select GiaQuinta for awards for his work in Statehouse
(November 15, 2010) – State Representative Phil GiaQuinta, D-Fort Wayne, earned awards this month from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association for his work at the Indiana Statehouse on behalf of Hoosiers in his central Allen County district and across the state.
The Indiana Chamber selected GiaQuinta as the 2010 Small Business Champion for his work advocating policies that support small-business growth and job creation. The state chamber presented the recently re-elected third-term legislator with the award Monday, Nov. 15 at their legislative preview in Indianapolis.
The Indiana Trial Lawyers Association named the Fort Wayne native 2010 Legislator of the Year at its annual awards dinner Thursday, Nov. 11 in Indianapolis.
“I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Indiana Trial Lawyers Association for their recognition this month. My work at the statehouse is dedicated to making northeast Indiana and the entire state a great place to live, work, raise a family and grow a business,” GiaQuinta said. “We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I will continue to advocate for policies that favor job growth and make me proud to call Indiana home.”
GiaQuinta has served the Indiana General Assembly’s 80th House District since his election in 2006. He was appointed the chair of the House Committee on Rules & Legislative Procedures in 2009. His other current committee assignments include Elections & Apportionment, Insurance, and Public Policy. His legislative accomplishments include the creation of the Allen County-Fort Wayne Capital Improvement Board and its use of a portion of county food and beverage tax revenue to fund new structures and renovate old ones, helping to create jobs in northeast Indiana.
He also authored a 2008 bill, which is now state law that allows for a sales disclosure form to also serve as an application for the homestead property tax credit eliminating duplicate paperwork and multiple visits to the county auditor’s office.