|Address||29 Jones St |
Providence, Rhode Island , United States
|| May 10, 1966
Sep 19, 2016 10:32pm
|Info||Frank T. Caprio, 44, a lifelong Rhode Islander still lives a short walk from the second floor apartment where he was born, the same neighborhood in Providence where his grandfather, with no formal education, first moved his family in America. |
Lessons he learned from his immigrant grandfather - who sold fruit from a pushcart on Federal Hill and was later a neighborhood milkman - included working hard and helping others. In December of 2007, when a major snowstorm caused hundreds of stranded cars to be towed off of Rhode Island roads, Frank offered to reimburse families for the cost of the tow. "It was time to help people." said Frank of the experience.
Public service has played a large part in Frank's life. He has been elected ten times to various offices since 1988 and currently is serving as General Treasurer, having been elected in 2006. "I wanted to run the Treasurer's office like thousands of Rhode Islanders run their small businesses, with excellent customer service and common sense," Frank said.
As Treasurer, he instituted a first in Rhode Island, an online real-time checkbook so anyone could track his department spending. He also refused a state car saying, "I didn't run for office for Rhode Islanders to pay for my car, gas and insurance. I'll pay for my own car like everyone else who works hard for a living."
His prudent investment decisions - which included divesting the pension fund from $1 billion in subprime investments - helped the fund outperform during the financial crisis in which many states were losing millions in assets. Caprio has also advocated for a number of progressive social policies, such as divestment of the pension fund from a regime conducting a genocide in Sudan, and signed on to a national effort petitioning the SEC to require publicly traded companies to disclose the risks they face from climate change.
Frank is the eldest of Judge Frank and Joyce Caprio's five children. He attended public schools through eighth grade, then attended Bishop Hendricken where he was an All-State football and baseball player. Upon graduation, he attended Harvard where he majored in Economics and was a standout athlete. He was an All-Ivy League defensive back of the championship Harvard football team and the Captain and All-Eastern outfielder on the Harvard baseball team. He also earned his law degree from Suffolk University Law School, passing the bar exam in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Frank is married to Gabriella (DiGiacinto) Caprio. He has two children, son Frank II and daughter Ashley.
"I feel fortunate that my family is close. Grandparents, aunts, and uncles are all in Rhode Island. As governor, keeping families close, with opportunities for careers, is of the highest priority," says Frank.