|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Texas's 29th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Gene Green|
|Member of the Texas Senate|
from the 6th district
March 11, 2013 – January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Mario Gallegos Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Carol Alvarado|
|Born||September 6, 1950|
Palito Blanco, Texas, U.S.
|Education||Texas Woman's University (BA)|
Texas Southern University (JD)
Sylvia R. Garcia (born September 6, 1950) is an American politician who has been serving as the U.S. Representative for Texas's 29th congressional district seat since 2019. She was elected on November 6, 2018. A member of the Democratic Party, she previously represented District 6 in the Texas Senate.
Early life and education
Garcia attended Texas Woman's University on a scholarship. She graduated with a degree in social work. After completing her studies, she began her career as a social worker. She later received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
Early political career
City of Houston
Garcia was elected to the Harris County Commissioner's Court in 2002. She was the first woman and first Latina elected to that post in her own right. Her precinct featured a major base of operations for NASA, the nation's largest petrochemical complex, the Houston Ship Channel and the Port of Houston, the sixth largest port in the world.
Garcia took the oath of office for state senator on March 11, 2013. She served on the Criminal Justice, Intergovernmental Relations, Natural Resources and Economic Development, and Transportation committees. Garcia ran unopposed in the 2016 general election.
U. S. House of Representatives
While still serving as a municipal judge, Garcia ran in the Democratic primary for the newly-created 29th congressional seat in 1992. She finished third in the five-way primary–the real contest in this heavily Democratic, Latino-majority district– behind City Councilman Ben Reyes and State Senator Gene Green. Green went on to win the runoff, and would hold the seat for 26 years.
Green announced his retirement in November 2017, and Garcia–who by then held the state senate seat Green once held–entered a crowded seven-way Democratic primary. The district was still a Democratic stronghold, and whoever won the primary would be an overwhelming favorite in November. Garcia got a significant boost when Green endorsed her as his successor, saying that "she's a legislator, and that's what a member of Congress should be." She easily won the primary with 63 percent of the vote. Her Republican opponent, Phillip Aronoff, used the sexual harassment and wrongful termination allegations against Garcia. Garcia handily won the general election. She and Veronica Escobar became the first Latina congresswomen from Texas.
- Committee on Financial Services
- Committee on the Judiciary
Garcia supports the Equality Act, a bill that would expand the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. She voted in favor of the bill in 2019.
Accusation of Misconduct
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Days before the 2018 election, a video was posted on YouTube, alleging that Garcia has been accused of sexual harassment and wrongful termination, over events occurring in 1995. Garcia refutes the claims.
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- "Texas Senators". State of Texas.
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- 1992 congressional primary
- Shay, Miya (2018-03-06). "Senator Garcia expected to take Congressman Gene Green's seat in Congress". KTRK-TV.
- 2018 congressional primary
- "Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Sen. Sylvia Garcia - Full Video Release". Aronoff for Congress. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
- "Veronica Escobar is closer to making House history in Texas". Elpasotimes.com. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
- "Veronica Escobar on path to make Latina, Texas history after Congress primary victory". khou.com. March 12, 2018. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
- "House Debate on the Equality Act". C-SPAN. May 17, 2019.
- Final Vote Results for Roll Call 217
- UrbanosBennett (2018-11-02), Nora Soto Gutierrez vs. Sylvia R. Garcia, retrieved 2018-11-20
- Tribune, The Texas; Walters, Alexa Ura, Morgan Smith, Jolie McCullough and Edgar (2017-11-14). "At the Texas Capitol, victims of sexual harassment must fend for themselves". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
- Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia official U.S. House website
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
Mario Gallegos Jr.
| Member of the Texas Senate
from the 6th district
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 29th congressional district
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
| United States Representatives by seniority