||This biography of a living person does not include any references or sources. (May 2013)|
|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 80th district
|Preceded by||David G. Kelley|
|Succeeded by||Manuel Perez|
|Alma mater||Southern Illinois University|
Assemblywoman Garcia was elected to the post in 2002, being the first Hispanic woman to represent the district and the first Puerto Rican elected to statewide office in California. By 2004, Garcia had become a member of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's transition team after the recall election against Gray Davis and was named as one of California's delegates to the Republican National Convention.
Garcia was one of five children born in Manhattan's Lower East Side to a young Puerto Rican couple who divorced soon after her birth. At age thirty-eight, after years of night classes, Garcia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in workforce development from Southern Illinois University.
Governor Schwarzenegger's off-the-cuff comments made September 7, 2006 on the temperament of Latin individuals are claimed by him and his campaign to be made in part due to his close working relationship with Garcia and her own admittedly "fiery temperament." Stock footage shown on the Fox News Channel in relation to the issue shows Garcia standing to the governor's right and Garcia, a fellow Republican, stated that she was "not offended by the Governor's comments."
She was ineligible to seek reelection to the State Assembly in 2008 due to term limits. On December 31, 2008, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Garcia to the state's Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.
David G. Kelley
|California's 80th State Assembly district