GiaQuinta honored for demonstrating civility in government

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INDIANAPOLIS – A group of retired Indiana lawmakers today honored State Rep. Phil GiaQuinta (D-Fort Wayne) for his efforts to bring civility to government.

Members of The Association of Retired Members of the Indiana General Assembly (ARMIGA) recognized GiaQuinta and three fellow legislators with Civility in Government Awards during a Statehouse reception. Also receiving recognition were State Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) and State Sens. Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) and John Ruckelshaus (R-Indianapolis).

The awards recognize legislators who show courtesy and respect to other members and the public, exhibit politeness and appreciation for the rights and responsibilities of others, communicate to develop trust and find common ground to reach resolution, maintain emotional control and demeanor to reflect positively on and to generate respect for the General Assembly, and hold the belief that the Legislature is a valuable institution and it is a privilege to serve.

“It is a genuine honor to receive this award,” GiaQuinta said. “My feelings about public service were ingrained in me by my parents, particularly my father. While we recognize that there is potential for conflict, we all believe that such disagreements can be handled with respect for one another. Government service is an honorable calling, and I am pleased to work on behalf of the people of the 80th Indiana House District.”

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