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 82)
Bronx, New York, USA
Political party Democratic
Religion Pentecostal

Robert García (born January 9, 1933) is a former United States Representative who represented New York's 21st district from 1978 to 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 was a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly in 1966 and 1967. On March 28, 1967, he was elected to the New York State Senate, to fill the vacancy caused by the conviction of Eugene Rodriguez.[1] García retained his seat in the Assembly until the end of the session of 1967, and resigned on April 17. He took his seat in the State Senate at the beginning of the session of 1968, and remained in the Senate until 1978, sitting in the 177th, 178th, 179th, 180th, 181st and 182nd New York State Legislature. In the Senate he was Deputy Minority Leader from 1975 to 1978. He was a delegate to the 1976 Democratic National Convention.

García was elected on the Republican and Liberal tickets on February 14, 1978, to the 95th United States Congress, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Herman Badillo,[2] and took his seat on February 21, 1978, as a Democrat. He was re-elected to the 96th, 97th, 98th, 99th, 100th and 101st United States Congresses, remaining in Congress until January 7, 1990, when he was forced to resign as a result of his involvement in the Wedtech scandal.[3][4]


Mr. Garcia was convicted of extortion and served 3 months in jail.[5] 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. ^ Garcia Wins Senate Seat Held by Rodriguez in the New York Times on March 29, 1967 (subscription required)
  2. ^ MRS. ABZUG DEFEATED NARROWLY BY GREEN; GARCIA WINS IN BRONX in the New York Times on February 15, 1978 (subscription required)
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Rudin, Ken (2007-06-06). "The Equal-Opportunity Culture of Corruption". Retrieved 2007-07-29. 
  5. ^ [1]

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
new 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
Eugene Rodriguez
New York State Senate
29th District

Succeeded by
Joseph Zaretzki
Preceded by
Harrison J. Goldin
New York State Senate
30th District

Succeeded by
Olga A. Méndez
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
José E. Serrano