Bonnie Garcia

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Bonnie Garcia
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 80th district
In office
Preceded by David G. Kelley
Succeeded by Manuel Perez
Personal details
Born New York, New York
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Alma mater Southern Illinois University
Profession Politician

Bonnie Garcia is a California politician. She was the representative for California's 80th State Assembly district, serving eastern Riverside County and all of Imperial County, from 2002 through 2008. In 2014 she was a candidate for the California State Senate to represent the 28th district, centered in Riverside County but lost the Republican primary to Jeff Stone.[1] She is a Republican and lives in Palm Desert, California.[2]

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.

Schwarzenegger made an off-the-cuff comment on September 7, 2006 describing her as having a "hot Latina temperament", which brought him some criticism. But Garcia, a fellow Republican, stated that she was "not offended by the Governor's comments."[3]

She was ineligible to seek reelection to the State Assembly in 2008 due to term limits. On December 31, 2008, Schwarzenegger appointed Garcia to the state's Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. She also runs her own public affairs firm.[2]


  1. ^ "Bonnie Garcia for state senate". Campaign website. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Former Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia to run for state Senate". Sacramento Bee. May 2, 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Lin, Sara (November 1, 2006). "Racy words and slugfest in the desert". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
Preceded by
David G. Kelley
California's 80th State Assembly district
Succeeded by
Manuel Perez