Joe Garcia (Florida)

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Joe Garcia
Joe Garcia.jpg
U.S. House, Florida, District 26
In office
January 3, 2013-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,395,068
Term limitsN/A
High schoolBelen Jesuit High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Miami
J.D.University of Miami
Date of birthOctober 19, 1963
Place of birthMiami, Florida
Net worth$390,002
Office website
Campaign website
Joe Garcia is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 26th Congressional District of Florida.[1] He was first elected on November 6, 2012.[2]

Garcia is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Frontline" program.[3]



  • 1991: University of Miami, J.D.
  • 1987: University of Miami, Political Science, History and Philosophy
  • 1984: Miami Dade
  • 1982: Belen Jesuit High School


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Garcia serves on the following committees:[5]


Campaign themes


Garcia's campaign website listed the following issues:[6]

  • Early Voting
Excerpt: "Increased participation in Early Voting and Vote By Mail have drastically changed the timing of communication plans for candidates in FL-26. "
  • Education
Excerpt: "America needs a strong, educated class with a quality education. "
  • Equality
Excerpt: "Joe will fight for marriage and equality rights for the LGBT community. "
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "It is imperative that we protect healthcare reforms that provide essential services and assistance to the uninsured, underinsured, and benefit the entirety of the American people. "
  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "Our number one priority should be putting people back to work and stimulating our economy. "



See also: Florida's 26th congressional district elections, 2014

According to a Washington Post article in December 2012, Garcia is one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.[7]

Garcia is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[8]


See also: Florida's 26th congressional district elections, 2012

Garcia ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 26th District. Garcia won the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[9] Candidates wishing to run were required to file by the signature filing deadline of June 8, 2012. The primary elections were held on August 14, 2012. Garcia won the nomination in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012.[1] He was elected on November 6, 2012.[10]

U.S. House, Florida District 26 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Garcia 53.6% 135,694
     Republican David Rivera Incumbent 43% 108,820
     Independent Angel Fernandez 2.3% 5,726
     Independent Jose Peixoto 1.1% 2,717
Total Votes 252,957
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


Garcia received endorsements from:[11]

  • SEIU
  • AFL – CIO
  • United Teachers of Dade
  • Florida Education Association
  • South Florida Labor Council
  • Unite Here!
  • Daily Kos[12]

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Garcia is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Garcia raised a total of $1,395,068 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[15]

Joe Garcia (Florida)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Florida, District 26) Won $1,395,068
Grand Total Raised $1,395,068


Garcia was a top freshman fundraiser in the 113th congress as a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Frontline" program.[16].[17]


Breakdown of the source of Garcia's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Garcia won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Garcia's campaign committee raised a total of $1,395,068 and spent $1,162,568.[18]

On October 15, 2012, quarterly reports were submitted by campaigns to the Federal Election Commission. The political blog Daily Kos did an analysis of the fundraising figures and found Democratic challenger Joe Garcia outraised Republican incumbent David Rivera in the third quarter. Garcia raised $431,000 to Rivera's $122,000.[19]


Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Garcia missed 2 of 89 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 2.2%, which is equal to the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[20]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Garcia's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $230,005 and $550,000. That averages to $390,002, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.[21]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Information on 2012 vote rating is unavailable.


Garcia and his wife, Aileen, have one child.[22]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 AP Results "U.S. House Results" Accessed August 14, 2012
  2. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  3. Boston Globe "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013
  4. Joe Garcia for Congress Facebook Page "Info" Accessed August 6, 2012
  5., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Campaign website, Issues
  7. Washington Post "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," December 7, 2012
  8. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  9. Florida Election Division "Candidate List" Accessed March 28, 2012
  10. [ ABC News "2012 General Election Results"]
  11. Joe Garcia 2012 "Endorsements" Accessed August 6, 2012
  12. Joe Garica 2012 "Daily Kos endorses Joe: 'He's a fighter'" Accessed August 6, 2012
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Joe Garcia" Accessed April 4, 2013
  16. Boston Globe "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013
  17. Boston Globe "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Joe Garcia 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 22, 2013
  19. Daily Kos "Third quarter House fundraising: who's got the cash?" October 18, 2012
  20. GovTrack, "Joe Garcia," Accessed March 29, 2013
  21., "Joe Garcia (D-Fla), 2011"
  22. Project Vote Smart biography
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