Valde Garcia

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Valde Garcia
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Michigan Senate District 22
Former member
Term in office began
2001
Term in office ended
January 1, 2011
Political party Republican
Profession Legislator
Valde Garcia was a Republican member of the Michigan State Senate from 2001 to January 1, 2011. Garcia was the first Hispanic to ever be elected into the Michigan Senate. Garcia was elected to the Michigan Senate in 2001 and was re-elected to the Michigan Senate in 2002 and 2006.

Garcia has had extensive political experience before joining the Michigan Legislature. Garcia started his career as a Legislative Aide former State Senator Harmon Cropsey in 1990 before joining the US Army on active duty in 1991 during Operation Desert Storm. After returning from active duty, Garcia was Chief of Staff former State Senators Doug Carl and Mike Rogers from 1992 to 1995. Garcia was a private school teacher from 1995 to 1997 before joining the National Federation of Independent Businesses as Territory manager from 1997 till his election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 1998.

Key votes of 2009-2010

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  • Super Speedway, Lawmakers voting on whether TO EXTEND A SPECIAL TAX PERK for a super speedway.
  • Driver Responsibility Fees, Lawmakers voting on whether TO IMPOSE 'driver responsibility fees.'
  • Crony Capitalism, Lawmakers voting on whether TO RESTRICT THE RIGHT of shareholders to sell their own stock.
  • Golf Carts, Lawmakers voting on whether TO SUBSIDIZE the production of electric vehicle batteries.
  • Home Court Disadvantage, Lawmakers voting on whether TO GIVE MORE TAXING POWER to local government in Kalamazoo so it can finance a taxpayer-subsidized sports arena.
  • Mandate Beer Keg Buyer’s Tags, Lawmakers voting on whether TO MANDATE beer keg buyer's tags.
  • Remonumentation of State Border, Lawmakers voting on whether to appropriate funds up to $500,000 for remonumentation of the Michigan-Indiana border.
  • Fire Safe Cigarettes, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN the sale of cigarettes that are not "fire safe."
  • Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs, Lawmakers voting on whether TO EXPAND DUTIES of and rename government's Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs.
  • Balancing Act, Lawmakers voting on a budget to CUT REVENUE SHARING PAYMENTS to local governments as a way to balance the state budget without raising taxes.
  • Balancing Act 2, Lawmakers voting on a cut of less than 3 percent to K-12 school aid payments so as to balance the state budget without tax increases.
  • A Good Tax Gone Bad?, Lawmakers voting on the Michigan Business Tax.
  • It’s From the Children, Lawmakers voting on whether to RAID $90 MILLION from the Michigan Higher Education Student Loan Authority.
  • Don’t Blame Canada, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN Canadian trash from Michigan landfills.
  • Left Behind, Lawmakers voting on whether TO FINANCE "No Worker Left Behind" with a 59.9 percent increase in general fund spending in the 2009 DELEG budget.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism, Lawmakers voting on whether to INCREASE SUBSIDIES for plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism 2, Lawmakers voting on whether to GIVE SUBSIDIES for Michigan film production.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism 3, Lawmakers voting on whether to INCREASE ELECTRIC CAR SUBSIDIES for a subsidiary of a Korean battery company.
  • Grapes of Wrath, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN home shipment of beer and wine to Michigan consumers.
  • Subsidize Manufacture of Electric Cars, Lawmakers voting on whether to authorize a refundable Michigan Business Tax credit for makers of plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars.
  • Authorize Special Tax Breaks for Ethanol Gas Stations, Lawmakers voting on whether to authorize a non-refundable Michigan Business Tax credit equal to 30 percent of the costs incurred by a gas station to convert existing pumps and tanks, or acquire new ones that deliver E85 ethanol or biodiesel fuel.
  • Presidential Privileges, Lawmakers voting on whether to require state workers to either work on President's Day or take the day off as an unpaid holiday.

Committee assignments

Garcia served on these committees:

District 22

Richardville represented Michigan Senate District 22. District 22 includes the outlying Lansing Area including Brighton and Howell[2].


Elections

2010

Due to Michigan term limits, Senator Garcia did not run for re-election in the Michigan State Senate elections of 2010. [3]

2006

On November 7, 2006, Garcia ran for District 22 of the Michigan State Senate, beating Donna Anderson and Michael Nikitin.[4]

Garcia raised $131,757 for his campaign.[5]

Michigan State Senate, District 22
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Valde Garcia (R) 65,790
Donna Anderson (D) 43,419
Michael Nikitin (UST) 2,159

Campaign donors

2006

In 2006 Valde Garcia collected $131,757 in donations.[6]

His four largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan $5,000
Michigan Association of Health Plans $2,800
Michigan Bankers Association $2,500
Michigan Association of Realtors $2,225

Personal

Valde is married to Karla Garcia. They have two children and reside in Howell, Michigan.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Michigan State Senate District 22
2001–January 1, 2011
Succeeded by
Joe Hune