Joe Garcia (Florida)

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Joe Garcia
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U.S. House, Florida, District 26
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorN/A
Compensation
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
Education
High schoolBelen Jesuit High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Miami
J.D.University of Miami
Personal
BirthdayOctober 19, 1963
Place of birthMiami, Florida
Net worth$390,002
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Joe Garcia (b. October 19, 1963 in Miami, Florida) 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]

Garcia's chief of staff resigned on May 31, 2013 after he was implicated in a scheme to submit fraudulent absentee ballots during the congressman’s 2012 primary election.[4][5]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Garcia is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Education:[6]

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

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Garcia serves on the following committees:[7]

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Garcia's campaign website listed the following issues:[8]

  • 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. "

Controversy

Chief of staff and absentee ballots

Garcia's chief of staff resigned on May 31, 2013 after he was implicated in a scheme to submit fraudulent absentee ballots during the congressman’s 2012 primary election.[9][10][11][12] Garcia said in a press conference he was saddened and disappointed by the absentee ballot fraud allegations leveled against his former chief of staff, adding that he asked for the staffer's resignation and called for fixes to the "flawed voter absentee process" which left the system vulnerable.[12]

Elections

2014

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.[13]

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.[14]

2012

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.[15] 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.[16]

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"
U.S. House, Florida District 26 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Garcia 53.4% 13,922
Gloria Romero Roses 30.8% 8,023
Lamar Sternad 10.9% 2,852
Gustavo Marin 4.9% 1,283
Total Votes 26,080

Endorsements

Garcia received endorsements from:[17]

  • SEIU
  • AFSCME
  • AFL – CIO
  • United Teachers of Dade
  • Florida Education Association
  • South Florida Labor Council
  • Unite Here!
  • Daily Kos[18]

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.[21]

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

2013

Garcia was a top freshman fundraiser in the 113th congress as a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Frontline" program.[22].[23]

2012

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.[24]


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.[25]

Analysis

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.[26]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - 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.[27]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

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.

Voting with party

2013

Joe Garcia voted with the Democratic Party 86.3% of the time, which ranked 186th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[28]

Personal

Garcia and his wife, Aileen, have one child.[29]

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References

  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. NBC Miami "Congressman Joe Garcia's Chief of Staff Resigns Over Probe" Accessed June 4, 2013
  5. Miami Herald "Congressman Joe Garcia’s chief of staff implicated in phantom absentee-ballot requests scheme" Accessed June 4, 2013
  6. Joe Garcia for Congress Facebook Page "Info" Accessed August 6, 2012
  7. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  8. Campaign website, Issues
  9. NBC Miami "Congressman Joe Garcia's Chief of Staff Resigns Over Probe" Accessed June 4, 2013
  10. Miami Herald "Congressman Joe Garcia’s chief of staff implicated in phantom absentee-ballot requests scheme" Accessed June 4, 2013
  11. Florida Times Union "Florida Morning: Joe Garcia defends staffer - Obama appointee's emails a mystery - Crenshaw holds IRS hearing" Accessed June 4, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 [politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/06/01/congressman-denies-involvement-in-staffers-vote-fraud-attempt/ CNN "Congressman denies involvement in staffer's alleged vote fraud attempt" Accessed June 4, 2013]
  13. Washington Post "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," December 7, 2012
  14. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  15. Florida Election Division "Candidate List" Accessed March 28, 2012
  16. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  17. Joe Garcia 2012 "Endorsements" Accessed August 6, 2012
  18. Joe Garica 2012 "Daily Kos endorses Joe: 'He's a fighter'" Accessed August 6, 2012
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Joe Garcia" Accessed April 4, 2013
  22. Boston Globe "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013
  23. Boston Globe "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013
  24. Open Secrets "Joe Garcia 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 22, 2013
  25. Daily Kos "Third quarter House fundraising: who's got the cash?" October 18, 2012
  26. GovTrack, "Joe Garcia," Accessed March 29, 2013
  27. OpenSecrets.org, "Joe Garcia (D-Fla), 2011"
  28. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  29. Project Vote Smart biography
Political offices
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United States House of Representatives - Florida District 26
2013-present
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