Bonifacio "Bonny" Garcia
Born: August 13, 1962 in New York, New York
Children: Melissa, Javier
1992: Primary Candidate for CD-31 (Lost)
1990s: Director of Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization, City of Coachella
1997: Woman of the Year (80th Assembly District) [selected by Jim Battin]
2000-2002: Legislative Aide, State Senator Jim Battin
2003: Member, Governor Schwarzenegger’s Transition Team
2004: Delegate, Republican National Convention
2008: Delegate, Republican National Convention
2009-2012: Member, Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board
2010: Early Primary Candidate for SD-40 (Withdrew)
2013-2014: Field Representative, State Senator Bill Emmerson
- CLOSE CONTEST: Garcia narrowly won a spot in the 2014 General election after defeating Glenn A. Miller by 449 votes (0.5%) and Philip Drucker by 1,249 votes (1.3%).
- UNACKNOWLEDGED LATINO: This elected official was excluded from the list of "Previous Latino Members of the Legislature" by the Latino Legislative Caucus [accessed 6/1/2011]. This list was later corrected by renaming it "California Latino Legislative Caucus Former Members" [as of 2/16/2014].
- Garcia was the first Puerto Rican American elected to the California Legislature.
- Source: California Legislature Handbook (2003-04)