FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 9, 2019
Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343
Zeph Capo wins convention contest to take Texas AFT president post
Delegates at the Texas American Federation of Teachers biennial convention in Houston today elected Zeph Capo as president of the state federation.
Capo, currently the president of the Houston Federation of Teachers—the Texas AFT local union representing Houston ISD employees—will take the Texas AFT president post on July 1.
“This is the greatest honor of my life and I’m truly humbled that our members have placed their trust in me,” said President-elect Capo. “I’ll work hard every day to ensure teachers and support staff get the respect and dignity they deserve in their workplaces. I’m looking forward to working with our members, partners, and the general public to ensure we fight for those who daily fight for our kids.”
Capo is a former public school science teacher and served as the Houston Federation of Teachers vice president for several years before his four years as the local union’s president. He also serves on the Houston Community College Board of Trustees after being elected to the board in 2013, as well as serving as president of the Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation.
Texas American Federation of Teachers represents some 65,000 teachers, paraprofessionals, support personnel, and higher-education employees across the state. Texas AFT is affiliated with the 1.7-million-member American Federation of Teachers and AFL-CIO.