Assembly Member Bonnie Garcia (R-80 A.D.)
Reflections on Public Service
Elected in 2002, Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia is the first Latina woman to represent the 80th Assembly District, and is the only Latina Republican in the State Legislature.
Her diverse and multi-faceted career as a businesswoman and public servant span more than a decade, during which time she acquired expertise in small business development, public administration, public safety, education and quality housing.
Working for local cities, she led teams to address the escalating crime wave targeting blighted areas, secured grants to assist low-income families with purchasing homes, and helped establish crime prevention programs.
Her legislative priorities include increasing access to healthcare and higher education, improving school nutrition for children, protecting children from sexual predators, and increasing homeownership opportunities for Californians. This year, Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law her bill making $75 million in funds available to assist low-income homebuyers.
One of five children, she was born on the Lower East Side of New York to teen parents who later divorced. Early in life, she called upon her indomitable spirit to overcome crushing poverty and a crime-ridden neighborhood. After many years of taking night and weekend classes, she earned her BS degree from Southern Illinois University. Assemblywoman Garcia currently teaches night courses at a local university, educating hardworking students and granting the same opportunities that has made her career successful.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Oak Room, University Union