A Dedicated Father and South Floridian
“My grandmother’s courage to escape Castro’s regime to protect her family taught me to do what’s right, no matter what. When I was 6 years old my grandparents came from Cuba. I was my grandparent’s translator and guide. I was so proud. It was then that my love of this place first took root.”
Rep. Joe Garcia was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2012 and serves Florida’s 26th Congressional District from Miami to the Keys.
Joe has called South Florida home his entire life. With scholarships and money he had saved from cutting grass with his grandfather on weekends, Congressman Garcia put himself through Miami Dade College and later the University of Miami and University of Miami Law School.
After graduation from University of Miami Law School, Gov. Lawton Chiles appointed Congressman Garcia to the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC). Serving under both Democratic and Republican governors, he helped usher in the single largest energy rate cut in Florida’s history—meaning lower electricity bills for Florida’s families.
Rep. Garcia has made an immediate impact on the lives of South Floridians, proving himself one of the few Representatives in Washington capable of working with both Republicans and Democrats. Rep. Garcia introduced the only bi-partisan comprehensive immigration reform bill in the House and he co-sponsored and passed bipartisan legislation that lowered the cost of student loans, making college more accessible to our communities. And when Florida homeowners flood insurance rates skyrocketed in 2013, Rep. Garcia went to work passing bipartisan legislation to help cap skyrocketing flood insurance rates, saving Florida homeowners millions.
Prior to serving in Congress, Joe presided over the Cuban American National Foundation and New Democratic Network Hispanic Strategy Center. Rep. Garcia was also on the board of the Spanish American League Against Discrimination and served as chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Executive Committee.
Joe and his family live in South Florida and he has one daughter, Gabriela (16).