Mike Garcia (politician)

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Mike Garcia
Mike Garcia, official portrait, 116th Congress (cropped1).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 25th district
Assumed office
May 19, 2020
Preceded byKatie Hill
Personal details
Born
Michael Joseph Garcia

(1976-04-24) April 24, 1976 (age 45)
Santa Clarita, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Rebecca Rollins
(m. 2013)
Children2
ResidenceSanta Clarita, California, U.S.
EducationUnited States Naval Academy (BS)
Georgetown University (MA)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
Years of service1999–2009 (Active)
2009–2012 (Reserve)[1]
Battles/warsIraq War

Michael Joseph Garcia (born April 24, 1976)[2] is an American politician and former United States Navy pilot serving as the U.S. Representative for California's 25th congressional district since 2020. A member of the Republican Party, he was first elected in a May 2020 special election and went on to win a full term in the November 2020 general election.

Garcia was born in Santa Clarita, California and educated at Saugus High School, the United States Naval Academy and Georgetown University. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1998 to 2012; he participated in multiple combat missions during the Iraq War. Following his active duty in the navy he worked at Raytheon Intelligence & Space. In 2020, Garcia defeated Democratic nominee Christy Smith twice: in a special election held to fill the vacancy caused by U.S. Representative Katie Hill's resignation and again in the general election.

Early life and education[edit]

Garcia was born on April 24, 1976, in Santa Clarita, California, to parents who had immigrated from Mexico in 1959. In 1994, he graduated from Saugus High School and earned a Bachelor of Science in political science from the United States Naval Academy after being nominated by Representative Buck McKeon. In 1998, he earned a Master of Arts in national security policy studies from Georgetown University.[3][4]

Military and civilian career[edit]

Garcia joined the United States Navy in May 1998, and was sent to flight school at Naval Air Station Pensacola. He was deployed as an F/A-18 pilot from the USS Nimitz. During the 2003 invasion of Iraq, he participated in over thirty combat missions before being honorably discharged.[5]

From 2009 to 2018, Garcia worked as a business development manager at Raytheon Intelligence & Space, one of four business segments of Raytheon Technologies.[6]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2020 special
Mike Garcia's congressional campaign logo

In the 2018 election in California's 25th congressional district, Democrat Katie Hill defeated incumbent Representative Steve Knight.[7] In April 2019, Garcia announced that he would challenge Hill in the 2020 election.[8] On November 3, 2019, Hill resigned from Congress due to a scandal involving her relationship with a campaign staffer.[9] Governor Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation ordering a special election to fill the vacancy caused by Hill's resignation.[10]

Garcia placed second in the nonpartisan blanket primary in March 3, 2020, ahead of former Representative Steve Knight and behind Christy Smith, a member of the California State Assembly. Garcia was endorsed by the Club for Growth and the Susan B. Anthony List.[11][12]

Garcia campaigned on strengthening the United States military and cutting taxes to improve the economy, specifically in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[13][14] He also campaigned against the Democratic leadership in the California state government.[15] His platform included promises to "defeat socialism" and "build the wall."[16] Garcia said he was in favor of "securing and better surveillance of our borders."[17]

On May 12, 2020, Garcia defeated Smith in the special election. She officially conceded the race the next day, but affirmed her intention to run against Garcia in the November general election for a full term in Congress.[18] Garcia's victory marked the first time since 1998 that a Republican flipped a California congressional district held by a Democrat; in 1998, Doug Ose won in the 3rd congressional district.[19] He is also the first Hispanic Republican representative to serve from California since Romualdo Pacheco left office in 1883, after representing the 4th congressional district.[20]

2020 general

In the November 2020 general election, Garcia faced Smith in a rematch. In August 2020, Garcia was listed as one of the 10-most vulnerable House members by Roll Call.[21] Votes were still being counted a week after the election, though Smith held a lead.[22] Smith conceded to Garcia on November 30, 2020. Garcia raised $3 million more than Smith.[23] Garcia won by 333 votes.[24]

Tenure[edit]

Garcia was sworn into office on May 19, 2020.[25]

In January 2021, Garcia voted to object to Congress's certification of the states' Electoral College votes.[26]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Political positions[edit]

Abortion[edit]

According to California Catholic Daily, Garcia opposes abortion and does not support the federal funding of Planned Parenthood.[29] After winning the special election, Garcia signed a petition to bring the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote.[30]

Defense[edit]

According to Garcia's campaign website, he supports passing a $750 billion budget for the United States Department of Defense.[31]

Donald Trump[edit]

Gacia voted against Second impeachment of Donald Trump on January 13 after the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol.[32]

Healthcare[edit]

Garcia has advocated for repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. During his campaign, Garcia stated that he "was not a fan of Medicaid."[33]

Immigration[edit]

Garcia supports the construction of a wall along the Mexico–United States border.[16] Garcia is in favor of increasing surveillance at the border.[17]

COVID-19[edit]

During a virtual debate with Christy Smith prior to the special election, Garcia stated that financial aid to small businesses should be administered through cities and local chambers of commerce.[34]

Garcia has called on the United States House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis to investigate California Governor Gavin Newsom's policy on nursing homes during the pandemic.[35] Garcia, along with other Republican representatives, claimed that Newsom had ignored guidance provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.[36]

Garcia voted against the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.[37]

Term limits[edit]

Garcia supports congressional term limits.[38]

Tax policy[edit]

In January 2021, Garcia introduced the State and Local Tax (SALT) Fairness Act, a bill to eliminate the SALT deduction cap that was created in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Compared to residents of other states, Californians are disproportionately impacted by the SALT deduction cap.[39]

Iraq[edit]

In June 2021, Garcia was one of forty-nine House Republicans who voted in favor of the repeal of the AUMF against Iraq.[40][41]

Personal life[edit]

Garcia's wife Rebecca is an interior designer. They have two sons.[42] Garcia and his family live in Santa Clarita, California.[43]

Electoral history[edit]

2020 California's 25th congressional district special election[44]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Christy Smith 58,563 36.2%
Republican Mike Garcia 41,169 25.4%
Republican Steve Knight 27,799 17.2%
Democratic Cenk Uygur 10,609 6.6%
Democratic Aníbal Valdez-Ortega 7,368 4.6%
Republican Courtney Lackey 3,072 1.9%
Democratic Robert Cooper III 2,962 1.8%
Republican David Lozano 2,758 1.7%
Republican Daniel Mercuri 2,533 1.6%
Republican Kenneth Jenks 2,528 1.6%
Democratic Getro F. Elize 1,414 0.9%
Democratic David Rudnick 1,085 0.7%
Total votes 161,860 100%
2020 California's 25th congressional district special election runoff[45]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Garcia 95,088 54.9%
Democratic Christy Smith 78,234 45.1%
Total votes 173,322 100%
Republican gain from Democratic
California's 25th congressional district, 2020[46][47]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Christy Smith 49,679 31.7
Republican Mike Garcia 37,381 23.9
Republican Steve Knight 29,645 18.9
Democratic Cenk Uygur 9,246 5.9
Democratic Getro Franck Elize 6,317 4.0
Republican David Lozano 6,272 4.0
Democratic Anibal Valdéz-Ortega 4,920 3.1
Democratic Robert Cooper III 4,474 2.9
Republican George Papadopoulos 2,749 1.8
No party preference Otis Lee Cooper 2,183 1.4
Democratic Christopher C. Smith (withdrawn) 2,089 1.3
Republican Daniel Mercuri 913 0.6
Republican Kenneth Jenks 682 0.4
Total votes 156,550 100.0
General election
Republican Mike Garcia (incumbent) 169,638 50.05
Democratic Christy Smith 169,305 49.95
Total votes 338,933 100.0
Republican hold

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Mike Garcia". Retrieved January 13, 2021.
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  5. ^ "Mike Garcia's Biography". Archived from the original on May 20, 2020.
  6. ^ Pocock, Chris. "Raytheon: Stealth Means More Than Low RCS". Aviation International News.
  7. ^ "Democrat Katie Hill is the apparent winner in key California House race, will unseat GOP Rep. Steve Knight: NBC News". November 8, 2018. Archived from the original on May 20, 2020.
  8. ^ "Republican fighter pilot to challenge freshman Dem in key California race". April 10, 2019. Archived from the original on May 19, 2020.
  9. ^ "Rep. Katie Hill to resign amid allegations of inappropriate relationships with staffers". October 27, 2019. Archived from the original on May 20, 2020.
  10. ^ "Governor Newsom Issues Proclamations Declaring Special Elections for 25th Congressional District and 28th Senate District". November 15, 2019. Archived from the original on May 20, 2020.
  11. ^ "Club for Growth endorsement". April 8, 2020. Archived from the original on May 20, 2020.
  12. ^ "SBA List Candidate Fund Endorses Mike Garcia for Congress in CA-25". April 24, 2020. Archived from the original on May 20, 2020.
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  15. ^ Cillizza, Chris (May 11, 2020). "Republicans are on the verge of winning a House seat in 1 of the most Democratic states". CNN. Atlanta, Georgia. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
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  17. ^ a b "Allan Favish | Will GOP Hopefuls Enforce Border?". signalscv.com. 2019-11-06. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
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  22. ^ Leung, Wendy. "Latest ballot count puts Christy Smith ahead of Mike Garcia; next update coming Tuesday". Ventura County Star.
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  25. ^ Khalil, Joe (May 19, 2020). "Republican Mike Garcia sworn in as California's newest member of Congress". WHNT Channel 19. Huntsville, Alabama. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  26. ^ "How members of Congress voted on counting the electoral college vote".
  27. ^ a b "Committees". Representative Mike Garcia. December 13, 2012.
  28. ^ "Membership". Republican Study Committee. 2017-12-06. Retrieved 2021-03-28.
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  30. ^ Holman, Jim (2020-05-22). "Newly elected Mike Garcia fulfills pro-life hope". California Catholic Daily. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  31. ^ "Who is Mike Garcia? Chapter 5 | The Businessman". Mike Garcia for Congress. 2020-01-22. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  32. ^ Brown, Michael (2021-01-13). "Congressman Garcia Votes Against Impeachment Of President Trump". Hometown Station | KHTS FM 98.1 & AM 1220. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  33. ^ "Republican Mike Garcia sworn in to serve remainder of former Rep. Katie Hill's term". Los Angeles Times. 2020-05-19. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  34. ^ Kisken, Tom. "Congressional candidates Smith, Garcia face off on taxes, COVID aid before May special election". Ventura County Star. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
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  37. ^ Brown, Michael (2021-03-10). "Garcia Votes Against Senate Version Of $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Stimulus Package". Hometown Station | KHTS FM 98.1 & AM 1220. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
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  39. ^ "Congressman Mike Garcia Introduces Bill To Repeal State, Local Tax Deduction Cap".
  40. ^ https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/house-set-repeal-2002-iraq-war-authorization-n1271107
  41. ^ https://clerk.house.gov/evs/2021/roll172.xml
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  47. ^ "U.S. House of Representatives Results of All Districts". California Secretary of State. Retrieved December 5, 2020.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Katie Hill
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 25th congressional district

2020-present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Greg Murphy
United States representatives by seniority
368th
Succeeded by
Tom Tiffany