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Sylvia Garcia

TX-29 (D)
Current office holder: Gene Green (D)
Sylvia has dedicated her life to her community and to public service. As a social worker and legal aid lawyer early in her professional career, she protected our community's most vulnerable, old and young, and ensured no one was forgotten. She was the first Hispanic and first woman to be elected in her own right to the Harris County Commissioner's Court. Over three terms in the Texas Senate, she has been a fighter for her district and advocated for veterans, immigrant rights, women’s health and access to healthcare.
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How does Sylvia align with Project 100's values?
  • Economic Opportunity: Sylvia has been an advocate for women since her student days fighting for the Equal Rights Amendment. Good paying jobs and quality education are the pillars of her economic philosophy. She believes quality education for our children creates opportunity and security for tomorrow, and her broad support among union leaders reflects her staunch record for working families.
  • Equal Treatment Under the Law: Sylvia's fight for fair immigration policy is rooted in deeply held moral beliefs. She was such an effective champion against the extreme right-wing attempt to license detention centers as state childcare facilities that her floor speech on these so-called baby jails made international news. She has fought on behalf of trans Texans, introducing legislation that would make gender marker changes a predictable and clear civil process versus the current system that is uncertain, expensive and requires a lawyer and court proceedings. Her record on human and civil rights as a State Senator has been recognized by many organizations over the course of her career. In 2017, she was honored by the Houston GLBT Political Caucus and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund among others.
  • Healthy People & Communities: A strong legislative record supporting abortion access, quality health care for women, educational opportunity for all girls, and promoting women in leadership backs up a lifelong commitment to women and girls.
Background information
  • Open Seat
  • Woman of Color
  • Politician
  • Ceiling Crasher
Endorsements
Sylvia Garcia has been endorsed by the following organizations:
  • EMILY's List

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