Robert García

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Robert García
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 21st district
In office
February 21, 1978 – January 3, 1983
Preceded by Herman Badillo
Succeeded by Hamilton Fish IV
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 18th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 7, 1990
Preceded by S. William Green
Succeeded by Jose Serrano
Personal details
Born (1933-01-09) January 9, 1933 (age 81)
Bronx, New York, USA
Political party Democratic
Religion Pentecostal

Robert García (born January 9, 1933) is a former Democratic United States Representative who represented New York's 21st district between 1978 and 1990.


García was born in Bronx, New York. He attended the public schools and graduated from Haaren High School in Manhattan in 1950. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War with the Third Infantry Division, from 1950 to 1953.

García then continued his education from 1953 until 1957 by enrolling in the City College of New York, although he also attended the Community College of New York as well as the RCA Institute. After graduation, he worked as a computer engineer with IBM Control Data, from 1957 to 1965.

García served in the New York assembly, from 1966 to 1967, and the New York senate, from 1967 to 1978. In the senate he was the deputy minority leader from 1975 to 1978. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1976.

García was elected to the United States House of Representatives in a special election on February 14, 1978, to replace Herman Badillo who resigned. He took his seat on February 21, 1978, and represented New York's 21st and 18th District for almost 12 years until January 7, 1990, when he was forced to resign as a result of his involvement in the Wedtech scandal.[1][2] After his resignation, the Department of Justice through its district attorney's office chose to end the prosecution against him and filed its nolle prosequi after suffering two reversals handed down by unanimous appellate courts, the last of which cited to United States Supreme Court precedence.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Haslip-Viera, Gabriel; Felix V. Matos Rodriguez; Angelo Falcon (2005). Boricuas In Gotham: Puerto Ricans In The Making Of New York City. Markus Wiener. p. 68. ISBN 1-55876-356-2. 
  2. ^ Rudin, Ken (2007-06-06). "The Equal-Opportunity Culture of Corruption". Retrieved 2007-07-29. 

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Newly created district
New York State Assembly, 83rd District
Succeeded by
Burton Hecht
Preceded by
Percy Sutton
New York State Assembly, 77th District
Succeeded by
William Martinez
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Manfred Ohrenstein
New York State Senate, 29th District
1967 - 1972
Succeeded by
Joseph Zaretzki
Preceded by
Harrison J. Goldin
New York State Senate, 30th District
1973 - 1978
Succeeded by
Olga A. Mendez
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Herman Badillo
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 21st congressional district

Succeeded by
Hamilton Fish IV
Preceded by
S. William Green
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 18th congressional district

Succeeded by
Jose Serrano