A native of Fort Wayne, State Representative Phil GiaQuinta was born and raised in Indiana House District 80, which comprises South-Central Fort Wayne.
Phil, who was elected in 2006, is the appointed Assistant Minority Leader and ranking minority member of the House Public Policy committee. His other current committee assignments include Elections & Apportionment, and Financial Institutions.
Keeping the folks and district he represents in mind, Phil authored legislation that created the funding for the Allen County-Fort Wayne Capital Improvement Board. The bill allowed for the board to use a portion of the revenue from county food and beverage tax to fund new structures and renovate old ones to help create jobs for the community. Current uses include funding for the parking garage at Ash Brokerage downtown and BAE Systems on Airport Expressway. To streamline the home-buying process for Hoosiers, Phil authored a bill in 2008 that allowed for a sales disclosure from to also be used as an application for the homestead tax credit, eliminating duplicate paperwork and multiple visits to the auditor’s office. Both bills became Indiana law. Phil is the past recipient of both the Indiana Trial Lawyers Legislator of the Year and Indiana Chamber of Commerce Legislator of the Year award.
Phil currently works as the Utilities Services Manager for Fort Wayne City Utilities. He earned his Black Belt in Six Sigma for reducing the average hold time for City Utilities customers. He started Fort Wayne’s successful 311 call center, a one stop shop for city services.
In the past, Phil has served on many boards, including Community Harvest Food Bank, Blue Jacket and Eagles Nest Youth Center. He formerly served and an elected member to the Wayne Township Advisory Board. He is currently a trustee on the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. He graduated from Leadership Fort Wayne, a program that instructs and encourages individuals to become active leaders within the community. He holds a B.A. degree from Indiana University-Bloomington.
Phil is the son of the late State Representative Ben and Helen GiaQuinta. He’s the youngest of six children and proud uncle of 16 nieces and nephews.