Marilinda Garcia

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Marilinda Garcia
Marilinda Garcia Profile.jpg
Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
from the Rockingham 8th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 5, 2012
Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
from the Rockingham 4th district
In office
April 29, 2009 – December 5, 2012
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2009
Personal details
Born c. 1983 (age 30–31)
Boston, Massachusetts
Political party Republican
Residence Salem, New Hampshire
Alma mater Tufts University
New England Conservatory of Music
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Occupation Musician, Professor
Website marilindagarcia.com

Marilinda Joy Garcia (born c. 1983) is an American politician from the state of New Hampshire. A Republican, she serves in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing the Rockingham 8th district since 2012. She previously represented the Rockingham 4th district from 2007 to 2009 and from 2009 to 2012. She is an accomplished harp player, and teaches as an adjunct professor at local universities. The Republican National Committee named Garcia a "rising star" in 2013, and she won the Republican nomination for New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district in the 2014 elections on September 9, 2014.[1]

Career[edit]

While Garcia attended high school, she was a member of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Repertory Orchestra and the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Senior Orchestra, as the Principal Harp. She attended Tufts University and the New England Conservatory of Music (NECM),[2] earning joint bachelor's degrees in 2006.[3]

After graduating from Tufts and NECM, served as a court appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children.[4] She also began teaching the harp at Gordon College, Phillips Exeter Academy, and St. Paul's School as an adjunct professor in music.[4][5] She also attended Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she obtained her Masters degree in Public Policy in 2010.[3]

Garcia was elected to the New Hampshire House in 2006, at the age of 23.[6][3] She became the co-chairman of the House Republican caucus and Majority Whip.[4] She lost her bid for re-election in 2008. Her Rockingham District 4 elected thirteen candidates to the House and Garcia finished fourteenth.[7]

She returned to the House in 2009 in a special election for Rockingham District 4, winning the Republican primary with 66% of the vote[8] and the general election with 62% of the vote.[9] She was re-elected in 2010, coming fourth out of the thirteen candidates who advanced to the general election,[10] where she came seventh.[11] The new Speaker Bill O' Brien appointed her vice chair of the House Legislative Administration committee which considers all matters pertaining to the legislative process including such issues such as mileage, elections, the journal, house resolutions and screening; enrolling bills; creation of statutory and chapter study committees.[12] In 2012, she was re-elected from Rockingham District 8. In the Republican primary to determine the nine candidates for the seat, she came fifth.[13] In the general election, she came seventh.[14]

During her tenure in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Marilinda was the prime sponsor of the New Hampshire Innovation Job Growth Program bill[1], which enables the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority to facilitate the acquisition of early stage seed capital for NH entrepreneurs. In the 2012 session she was the prime sponsor of Destination Specialty Treatment Center bill[2] that would reform the current antiquated regulatory environment of hospital construction and equipment purchasing and enable the development of NH's specialty health care sector. Most recently, she was the prime sponsor of a bill to restructure upper management of the New Hampshire Liquor Commission, and the Price Transparency Act[3] relative to medical care pricing transparency for self-pay patients and the uninsured.

The Republican National Committee named her a "rising star" in 2013.[6]

On November 25, 2013, Garcia announced that she was running for the United States House of Representatives in New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district in the 2014 elections.[15][16] She defeated Gary Lambert and Jim Lawrence in the Republican primary and will challenge incumbent Democrat Ann McLane Kuster in the general election.[17]

Political Positions[edit]

Healthcare[edit]

Garcia supports dismantling Obamacare.[18] She expressed support for reforms to allow consumers to purchase healthcare across state lines, end certain lawsuits, and ensure insurance portability for individuals.[19] Garcia has stated that she is covered by health insurance outside of the Affordable Care Act network.[20]

Economic Issues[edit]

Garcia supports reducing regulations and the general size of government. She is opposed to government stimulus spending and market-distorting incentives.[21]

Garcia is in favor of a federal balanced budget amendment. She opposes bailouts of private companies or state and local governments by the federal government. She has supported efforts to reform entitlement spending, and is in favor of block-grants to the states.[22]

Immigration[edit]

Garcia opposes amnesty for undocumented immigrants that enter the United States illegally. Garcia said that the American immigration system “makes it too hard to stay here legally and too easy to get here illegally.” She opposes “executive amnesty” for undocumented immigrants, [23] writing that “preventing future illegal immigration requires us to guarantee there is no amnesty for illegal immigrants.”[24] She has called for current immigration laws to be enforced, and has criticized President Barack Obama’s “refusing to secure the border and governing by decree, without the consent of Congress.”[25]

2nd Amendment[edit]

Garcia has received an A rating from the NRA.[26]

Foreign Policy[edit]

Garcia has said that America "has no greater ally in the Middle East than Israel,"[27] and called for the government to “emphasize our commitment to Israel.”[28] She has criticized President Barack Obama for being an unreliable partner to allies[29] and lacking a sense of clarity and purpose.[30]

Veterans' Affairs[edit]

Garcia has called for an investigation into the Veterans' Affairs hospitals. She said that she plans to “work to restore faith in our VA system.”[31]

Personal life[edit]

Garcia is the daughter of an Italian immigrant mother and a Mexican-American father who was born in Nebraska and raised in New Mexico.[32][33]

Garcia lives in Salem, New Hampshire.[34] Garcia plays the harp in "The Seraphim Duo" with her sister, Bianca, a fellow New Hampshire Representative, who plays the flute.[35][36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/09/marilinda-garcia-primary_n_5794112.html
  2. ^ "Portrait of a Young Artist: Marilinda Garcia - Undefined Section - Tufts Daily - Tufts University". Tufts Daily. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Republican Party Highlights Diversity And Its Rising Stars At Annual Meeting In Boston | Fox News Latino". Latino.foxnews.com. August 15, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Salem's Rep. Garcia named Republican rising star | New Hampshire Salem Observer". Unionleader.com. August 17, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Freshman legislator is learning the ropes » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA". Eagletribune.com. January 28, 2007. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Tuohy, Dan (August 15, 2013). "Marilinda Garcia named RNC 'Rising Star' - Government". Salem, NH Patch. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ Our Campaigns - NH State House - Rockingham 04 Race - Nov 04, 2008
  8. ^ Our Campaigns - NH State House - Rockingham 04 - Special R Primary Race - Mar 24, 2009
  9. ^ Our Campaigns - NH State House - Rockingham 04 - Special Election Race - Apr 28, 2009
  10. ^ Our Campaigns - NH State House - Rockingham 04 - R Primary Race - Sep 14, 2010
  11. ^ TOur Campaigns - NH State House - Rockingham 04 Race - Nov 02, 2010
  12. ^ [http://ballotpedia.org/Legislative_Administration_Committee,_New_Hampshire_House_of_Representatives.
  13. ^ Our Campaigns - NH State House - Rockingham 08 - R Primary Race - Sep 11, 2012
  14. ^ Our Campaigns - NH State House - Rockingham 08 Race - Nov 06, 2012
  15. ^ Trygstad, Kyle (November 25, 2013). "GOP Rising Star Launches House Bid in New Hampshire". Roll Call. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  16. ^ "State Rep. Marilinda Garcia wants to bring youthful perspective to Congress, GOP | New Hampshire Politics". Unionleader.com. November 25, 2013. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  17. ^ http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Garcia-captures-GOP-House-primary-faces-Kuster-5745308.php
  18. ^ "Marilinda Garcia Statement on Obamacare Subsidies Ruling". Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "The Issues - Marilinda Garcia for Congress". Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  20. ^ Union Leader http://www.unionleader.com/article/20140914/NEWS06/140919546 |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  21. ^ "The Issues - Marilinda Garcia for Congress". Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  22. ^ "The Issues - Marilinda Garcia for Congress". Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  23. ^ "Setting the Record Straight - Marilinda Garcia for Congress". Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  24. ^ "My Turn: America needs a firm, fair immigration policy". Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  25. ^ "My Turn: America needs a firm, fair immigration policy". Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  26. ^ "The Issues - Marilinda Garcia for Congress". Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  27. ^ "The Issues - Marilinda Garcia for Congress". Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  28. ^ "The Issues - Marilinda Garcia for Congress". Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  29. ^ "The Issues - Marilinda Garcia for Congress". Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  30. ^ "Republican Marilinda Garcia stops in Keene during campaign for congressional seat". Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  31. ^ "The Issues - Marilinda Garcia for Congress". Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  32. ^ ""Navarrette: One to watch in New Hampshire"". "News Journal". January 15, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  33. ^ ""Changing of the Guard"". "Latino Magazine". Winter 2010. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  34. ^ "John DiStaso's Granite Status: Rep. Marilinda Garcia tells fellow Republicans she's eyeing a run for Congress | New Hampshire Granite Status". Unionleader.com. October 15, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  35. ^ "Art in the Mills". Nhmagazine.com. October 4, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  36. ^ O'Donnell, Jake (September 8, 2012). "Candidate Profile: Bianca Garcia - Government". Salem, NH Patch. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 

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