Luis Garcia

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Luis Garcia
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Florida House Of Representatives District 107
Former member
In office
2006 - November 16, 2012
Base salary$29,697/year
Per diem$133/per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Associate'sMiami-Dade Community College (1990)
OtherNational Fire Academy (1997)
BirthdayDecember 8, 1945
Place of birthMarianao, Cuba
ProfessionFire Chief (retired)
Office website
Luis Garcia was a Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 107th District from 2006 to 2012.

Garcia was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 25th Congressional District of Florida. While he indicated he would run in 2012, on April 3, 2012 Garcia dropped out of the race over a dispute with Democratic leaders.[1]

Garcia is a retired Fire Chief.

He serves on the Executive Board of the American Cancer Society, Vice Chair of the Florida Democratic Party, Executive Board of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau of the Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Officers, and on the Executive Board of the Miami Heart Institute.[2]


Garcia did not provide answers to the Florida State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[3]

Garcia's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 545 - "Use of Lights on Motor Vehicles: Authorizes vehicles owned, operated, or leased by any county correctional agency to show or display blue lights when responding to emergencies."
  • HB 1211 - "Juvenile Justice: Provides eligibility for certain services for children 9 years of age or younger at time of referral for delinquency"
  • HB 1323 - "School Districts: Provides for recall of district school board members; provides requirements for petition for recall, signature process, & recall election"

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Garcia served on these committees:

  • Everglades Oversight
  • State Affairs, Ranking Minority Member
  • Subcommittee on Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Subcommittee on Appropriations
  • Subcommittee on Federal Affairs


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Garcia served on these committees:



See also: Florida's 25th Congressional District elections, 2012

Garcia was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 25th District. Garica sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[4] The signature filing deadline was May 7, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 14, 2012. Incumbent David Rivera is seeking re-election on the Republican ticket.

While he indicated he would run in 2012, on April 3, 2012 Garcia dropped out of the race over a dispute with Democratic leaders.[5]


See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2010

Garcia ran for re-election to the 107th District seat in 2010. He did not have any opposition in the August 24 primary. Garcia defeated Gustavo Barreiro (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6]

Florida House of Representatives, District 107
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Luis Garcia (D) 13,221 51.0%
Gustavo Barreiro (R) 12,714 49.0%


On November 4, 2008, Garcia won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives from Florida's 107th District, defeating Jorge Lopez (R). Garcia received 22,704 votes in the election while Lopez received 18,281 votes.[7] Garcia raised $326,917 for his campaign; Lopez raised $522,807.[8]

Florida House of Representatives, District 107
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Luis Garcia (D) 22,704 55.4%
Jorge Lopez (R) 18,281 44.6%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Garcia raised $245,002 in contributions.[9]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Florida Democratic Party $71,489
Dade County Classroom Teachers Association $3,000
Southern Gardens Citrus Holding Corp $2,500
Florida Hospital Association $2,250


Below are Garcia's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[10]

Contributor 2008 total
FL Democratic Party $75,537
Hospital Corporation of America $3,500
FL Police Benevolent Assoc $3,000
Dade County Classroom Teachers Assoc $3,000
FL Hospital Assoc $2,500

Campaign themes

Garcia's major campaign themes include"[11]

  • Creating Sustainable Jobs
  • Achieving Economic Stability
  • Protecting Our Seniors
  • Securing A Better Future for Our Kids
  • Restoring Honesty & Integrity

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Preceded by
Florida House of Representatives District 107
Succeeded by
Barbara A. Watson (D)