|Running for New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District|
|General election||November 4, 2014|
|New Hampshire House of Representatives, Rockingham 8|
|2006 - present|
|December 3, 2014|
|Years in position||8|
|Base salary||$200/two-year term|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
In August 2013, the Republican National Committee launched its Rising Stars program, introducing Garcia and three other Republicans as "the future of our party." The program was designed to prominently feature the four young politicians on GOP.com and give a national platform to share their unique perspectives.
Garcia is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Hampshire's 2nd District. Garcia is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary on September 9, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.
Garcia earned her B.A. from Tufts University, B.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music and M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her professional experience includes working in business development, strategic account management, and higher education consulting, as well as teaching harp at Phillips Exeter Academy and St. Paul's School and Gordon College.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Garcia served on the following committees:
|New Hampshire Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Finance - Division I|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Garcia served on this committee:
|New Hampshire Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Legislative Administration|
- Quality, Affordable Healthcare Choices: "Instead of top-down solutions, in which politicians, bureaucrats and insurance executives are in charge of our decision-making, we should promote bottom-up solutions in which consumers make decisions for themselves."
- End Deficit Spending: "Reforming our budget and ending the deficit will require leadership and tough decisions. As a member of the state Finance Committee, I helped lead efforts to balance the New Hampshire budget without raising taxes in response to an historic $800 million hole in our state budget. Instead of playing games with the numbers, we acted responsibly. By finding efficiencies and cutting spending, we not only succeeded in passing a balanced budget, New Hampshire now enjoys a budget surplus. I will support the same commonsense approach to budgeting in Congress."
- Environmental Stewardship: "Conservatives must reclaim our tradition as trusted environmental stewards. Common-sense environmental protections, such as promoting the conservation of open space, scenic vistas and historic landscapes is a non-partisan approach to ensuring we maintain the beautiful aesthetic environment that makes New Hampshire unique. We have a responsibility to our home and future generations to effectively manage our public lands, our wildlife and our air and our water."
- Strengthening our Immigration System: "The immigration issue is deeply personal for me: my mother is Italian-American and my father Spanish-American. America is a welcoming country that has always found its identity as a nation of immigrants. We must ensure our policies always communicate a respect for diversity and appreciation for the contribution immigrants have made to our country. I believe that our immigration system makes it too complicated to stay here legally and too easy to stay illegally. To this end, we have a duty to strengthen border security not only to prevent further illegal immigration, but also to protect the homeland against foreign terrorist threats. Politicians and political parties using immigration as a wedge issue make it more difficult to find common ground. Immigration is central to who we are as a nation; working for pragmatic solutions that respect our laws and our traditions should be applauded."
- Strong Families, Strong Nation: "I believe in the Culture of Life. Every person is infused with human dignity, regardless of race, creed, gender, nationality, or economic status. I am consistently pro-life, and believe states have a role in enacting policies that respect human life and decrease the abortion rate. I oppose federal taxpayer funding of abortion. The economic strength of our nation is dependent upon the social stability of our families. I support efforts that strengthen community and family traditions, and engender religious freedoms. I oppose efforts to displace family, community and charitable support structures with government programs."
- Protect the Second Amendment: "I am a strong backer of the Constitution's Second Amendment, and will oppose efforts to impose new gun controls. In my seven years in the New Hampshire Legislature, I have received an A rating from the National Rifle Association. "
- An Education Our Children Deserve: "Each family should be able to send their child to the school that best meets their needs. I believe in the 'all-of-the-above' approach to education; a strong education system that meets the unique needs of each child requires the support of the local public schools, charter schools, homeschool communities and parochial and all independent schools."
- Energy Policies That Work: " My top priority is opposing any new energy taxes, such as the Cap-and-Trade tax or the plethora of new taxes and regulatory burdens associated with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). I oppose the cap-and-trade energy tax. Second, we can positively impact energy prices by pursuing a smart energy policy. I support policies that would increase domestic energy exploration and production, increase our refinement capacity and build more efficient energy transport systems, such as the long-overdue Keystone XL Pipeline. These policies would reduce the cost of energy, reduce our dependency on foreign oil and create new, good-paying American manufacturing jobs."
- Support Our Allies in the Middle East: "America has no greater ally in the Middle East than Israel. Unlike any other nation in the region, with Israel we share a commitment to individual rights, religious tolerance and representative democracy. That is why we must emphasize our commitment to Israel as we continue to face common threats, such as a nuclear-ambitious Iran and global terrorism."
Garcia is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Hampshire's 2nd District. Garcia is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary on September 9, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014. The winner of the Republican primary will face incumbent Democrat Ann McLane Kuster in the November general election.
The Washington Post interviews Garcia, who could be one of the youngest members of Congress if she wins.
Garcia won re-election in the 2012 election for New Hampshire House of Representatives, Rockingham 8. Garcia advanced past the September 11 primary and won re-election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
On November 2, 2010, Garcia won election to the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
Garcia advanced past the September 14 primary election. She faced incumbent Carolyn Webber (D), incumbent David Bettencourt (R), incumbent Mary Griffin (R), incumbent Charles McMahon (R), Kevin Waterhouse (R), incumbent David Bates (R), incumbent Walter Kolodziej (R), incumbent Ronald Belanger (R), incumbent Robert Elliott (R), Daphne Kenyon (D), Ann Kern (D), Matthew Groch (D), Jane Lang (D), Jocelyn Leary (D), Christine White-Rogers (D), Lori Demaine (D), Neil Fallon (D), Ellie Rouillard (D), Thomas Witham (D), Henri Azibert (D), Matthew O'Shaughnessy (D), John Sytek (R), Richard Okerman (R), Gary Azarian (R) and Donna Mauro (R) in the November 2 general election.
Special election 2009
On April 28, 2009, Garcia won election to the New Hampshire House of Representatives from Rockingham County District 4 by winning a special election against Sheila Murray (D). Garcia received 2,050 votes, while Murray only received 1,250.
|New Hampshire House of Representatives, Rockingham District 4|
|Marilinda Garcia (R)||2,050|
|Sheila Murray (D)||1,250|
Prior to her election to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2009, Garcia ran for a seat in the Rockingham 4 District in the 2008 election. Rockingham 4 sent 13 candidates to the House, but Garcia finished with the fourteenth-highest vote total with 7,472 votes, failing to win a seat. The winning candidates from Rockingham 4 were David Bettencourt (R) with 10,390 votes, Mary Griffin (R) with 10,171 votes, Charles McMahon (R) with 9,297 votes, Anne Priestley (R) with 9,197 votes, Ronald Belanger (R) with 9,155 votes, Anthony DiFruscia (R) with 9,098 votes, Russell Ingram (R) with 8,367 votes, Robert Elliott (R) with 8,324 votes, Mark Pearson (R) with 8,293 votes, Margaret Crisler (R) with 7,886 votes, Walter Kolodziej (R) with 7,744 votes, David Bates (R) with 7,674 votes and Carolyn Webber (D) with 7,624 votes. The other losing candidates in the race were Jessica Garofalo (D) with 6,544 votes, Doris Flaherty (D) with 6,216 votes, Michael Caruso (D) with 6,204 votes, Carol Schneider (D) with 6,158 votes, Connor O'Brien (D) with 6,089 votes, Camron Iannaflo (D) with 6,041 votes, Fran Brennan (D) with 5,675 votes, Frank Kern (D) with 5,326 votes, Lori Demaine (D) with 5,249 votes, Gerald Capron (D) with 4,423 votes, Henri Azibert (D) with 4,254 votes, and Neelima Gogumalla (D) with 4,160 votes.
Garcia raised $610 for her campaign in 2008. Other candidates in the Rockingham 4 race (with data available) raised the following amounts: Griffin ($850), McMahon ($1,550), Priestley ($50), DiFruscia ($250), Pearson ($250), Kolodziej ($400), Bates ($2,450), Webber ($875) and Iannaflo ($525).
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, a year in which Garcia was up for re-election, she did not collect any money in donations.
In 2008, Garcia collected $610 in contributions. Her four largest contributors were as follows:
|New Hampshire Liberty Alliance||$50|
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- Official campaign website
- Profile from the New Hampshire House of Representatives
- Profile from Open States
- Marilinda Garcia on Facebook
- Marilinda Garcia on Twitter
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- patch.com, "Marilinda Garcia named RNC 'Rising Star'," August 15, 2013
- latino.foxnews.com, "Republican Party Highlights Diversity And Its Rising Stars At Annual Meeting In Boston," August 15, 2013
- marilindagarcia.com, "Meet Mari," accessed January 30, 2014
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Garcia
- Marilinda Garcia for NH State Representative, "About Marilinda." Retrieved May 15, 2013
- marilindagarcia.com, "New Generation Principles," accessed January 30, 2014
- YouTube, "'She's a child of the '90s, and she's running for Congress," accessed April 10, 2014
- New Hampshire Secretary of State - 2012 Primary Candidates
- New Hampshire Secretary of State - 2012 Primary Results
- Official Results for 2009 Special Election for Rockingham 4 District
- New Hampshire House of Representatives official election results for 2008
- Rockingham District 4 New Hampshire House of Representatives Candidate Funds, 2008
- 2010 campaign contributions
- 2008 contributions to Marilinda Garcia