Michael J. Garcia
Born: April 24, 1976 in Granada Hills, CA
Married: Rebecca (m. 2013)
Children: Preston and Jett
Military Service: USN (Iraq War)
- "As an F/A-18 pilot Garcia was deployed several times on the USS Nimitz, a nuclear powered aircraft carrier. He was lauded as one of the best leaders and one of the most naturally talented pilots in the Navy. He saw combat operations during the first 6 months of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and participated in over 30 combat sorties in the skies above Baghdad, Fallujah and Tikrit." (Source: Campaign website 1/12/2020)
"Garcia flew 30 combat missions over Baghdad, Tikrit and Fallujah, Iraq with sortie durations ranging from 4 hours to 8.5 hours, in direct support of US combat ground operations." (Source: Combat Veterans For Congress PAC website 1/12/2020)
- Garcia's victory in the 2020 Special Election was the first time a Republican was elected to replace a Democrat in a California congressional seat since the election of Steven T. Kuykendall and Doug Ose in 1998.
- CLOSE CONTEST: At the end of Election Night 2020, Christy Smith led Garcia by 7,369 votes. A day later, her lead was 1,722 votes. On November 5th, the vote count put Garcia ahead by 265 votes. On November 9th, Smith took a 1,287 vote lead. On November 10th, Garcia retook the lead by 159 votes. On November 12th, Garcia's lead grew to 219 votes but the following day it dropped to 104 votes.