Joe Drago is a lifelong Texan who comes from a family of both public servants and small business owners. He’s a father, a lawyer and an experienced leader and is looking to bring those experiences together to represent House District 96 in Austin.
Born in Fort Worth, Joe attended Nolan Catholic High School and then followed his parents’ footsteps to the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated with a marketing degree. Inspired by his father’s legal work, Joe decided to attend law school. He graduated from Baylor Law and has spent his professional career practicing law at Brackett & Ellis, P.C. in downtown Fort Worth.
Integrity, hard work and service are values Joe learned from his family. Joe grew up watching his father, the late Joe Drago III, make public service a priority. He served at the Fort Worth City Attorney’s Office, and as a Fort Worth Municipal Court Judge and as judge of Criminal District Court #4. Joe’s mother, Diane Drago, taught Joe about right and wrong, caring and devotion to others, and how to stay grounded. The hardware store his grandfather Joe Drago, Jr. opened after emigrating from Italy (through Ellis Island) has also been a source of inspiration, demonstrating the importance of small businesses and the value of entrepreneurship. It’s been continuously open for the last 88 years.
Joe has two amazing daughters, Renee Drago Gini and Gabriella Drago. Both grew up in Fort Worth and are proud graduates of Paschal High School. Renee graduated from Cornell University and works as an engineer in California. Gabriella is pursuing her dream of becoming a physical therapist at Azuza Pacific University, where she’s also a student athlete.
Why I’m Running
The job of a representative is simple — to represent their constituents. For too long, our elected officials have represented their own interests first, and ignored the needs of the people who elected them. If elected to represent House District 96, I will listen, work hard, and keep the best interests of hard-working Texans as my first priority.
Growing up, I saw the way my father, and his father before him, served their communities. Their legacy has inspired me to work to do the same. The biggest challenges that I see our community facing are rising costs of healthcare, urgent criminal justice reform, and the under-resourcing of our public schools. These are challenges we can tackle, but to do that we need to stop fighting and start listening to each other, and working together.
By listening to each other, respecting each other and looking for the good in each other, we can start to solve the most important problems that need tackling. This is what I will try to do for all — not just the wealthy or the most vocal or the most connected — but all residents of House District 96, if I’m elected serve them.