Cristina Garcia (politician)
|Assemblymember Cristina Garcia|
|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 58th district
December 3, 2012
|Preceded by||new district|
|Residence||Bell Gardens, California|
Cristina Garcia is an American politician serving in the California State Assembly. She is a Democrat representing the 58th district, encompassing parts of southeastern Los Angeles County. Prior to being elected to the state assembly, she was a teacher and a community activist involved in the City of Bell scandal.
Garcia was elected in November 2012 to represent California’s 58th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Downey, Commerce, Pico Rivera, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Cerritos, Artesia, Montebello and a part of Norwalk. Prior to her election to the Assembly, Garcia taught statistics at the University of Southern California (USC), mathematics at Los Angeles City Community College, and has taught middle school and high school students through the Jaime Escalante Program at East Los Angeles Community College and Huntington Park High School.
Garcia promotes ethical conduct in local and state government. When the Bell corruption scandal broke and gained national attention, Bell residents turned to Garcia and asked her to clean up their local government. She worked with them to form the Bell Association to Stop the Abuse (BASTA), a local advocacy organization. BASTA’s efforts forced out Bell’s corrupt officials, and ushered in accountability and transparency for the first time in the city’s history. A new city council was elected and reforms are now being implemented in Bell.
Garcia was raised in the Southeast Los Angeles community of Bell Gardens and attended local schools. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Pomona College, a Master's Degree and a Secondary teaching credential from Claremont Graduate University and is now a doctoral candidate at USC.
In 2013, Garcia was recognized by California Forward with the distinguished California Forward Thinkers Award, Democrat of the Year and earned the Distinguished Woman of the Year Award from the California State Assembly.