Rep. Sylvia Garcia Becomes One of the First Latinas in Congress to Represent Texas

January 4, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Joined by many supporters, friends, and colleagues, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia (TX-29) made history today when she was sworn in as one of the first two Latinas ever to represent the State of Texas in the U.S. Congress.

“Today is a significant, historic moment for the people of the Texas 29th Congressional District, particularly Texas’ Latinas,” said Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia. “Never before has there been a Latino voice and representation in Houston delegation. I look forward to working with my colleagues to find solutions to the challenges facing our country and our community.”

“I thank Congressman Gene Green for his years of service and look forward to building on his proud legacy of fighting for every person in the 29th District and the Houston region.”

Congresswoman Garcia joins Rep. Veronica Escobar (TX-16), as the first Latinas to represent Texas in Congress. Along with fellow Houstonian Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (TX-7), they also represent the first freshman Texas women elected to a full term in Congress in more than 20 years.

About Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia (@RepSylviaGarcia):

Congresswoman Garcia is one of the first Latinas to serve in Congress representing Texas' 29th District. Garcia has a lifelong dedication to public service as a social worker and legal aid lawyer early in her professional career. Active in the Houston community, she has served on over 25 boards. As Houston City Controller, Harris County Commissioner, and Texas state Senator, Garcia has been a fighter for her district and advocated for veterans, immigrant rights, women’s health and access to healthcare.

About Texas' 29th Congressional District:

Texas' 29th Congressional District includes, Houston, Pasadena, Galena Park, Jacinto City, Aldine and South Houston. Home to Hobby Airport and the Port of Houston, the 29th District is a critical hub for transportation and industry. Over 76% of residents are of Hispanic or Latino origin with 68% of the residents speaking a language other than English at home with the majority speaking Spanish.