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Cristina Garcia (politician)

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Cristina Garcia
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Member of the California State Assembly
from the 58th district
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded by Constituency established
Personal details
Born (1977-08-22) August 22, 1977 (age 40)[1][2]
Bell Gardens, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Education Pomona College (BA)
Claremont Graduate University (MA)
University of Southern California

Cristina Garcia is an American politician serving in the California State Assembly. She is a Democrat representing the 58th Assembly District, which encompasses parts of southeastern Los Angeles County.

Early life and childhood

Garcia was raised in Bell Gardens, California and graduated from Pomona College, later earning a master's degree from Claremont Graduate School.[3] As of 2018 she was pursuing doctoral studies at USC.[3]

Career

A former math teacher, Garcia was first elected to the California Assembly in 2012 and has chaired its women's caucus.[4][5] As of 2018, she served on the Judiciary, Environmental Safety and Toxics, Ethics, and Utilities and Energy committees, as well as the Budget committee's Resources and Transportation subcommittee.[3]

#MeToo Advoacy

In an interview with the New York Times, Garcia has claimed that she had been repeatedly sexually harassed by men during her legislative career, and later co-signed a letter calling for an end to workplace harassment of women.[6] She has also alleged that some members of the California Assembly are not attentive during sexual harassment training that is conducted by legislative staff.[7] In 2017, she was one of a number of women featured in TIME as representatives of the #MeToo movement.[6]

Accusations of sexual misconduct and leave of absence

In January 2018, a former staff member for Ian Calderon claimed an intoxicated Garcia had groped and fondled him against his will following the Assembly's annual softball game in 2014.[6][8] Two people who were colleagues of the staff member later attested having been told of the incident immediately after it had occurred.[6][8] Meanwhile, an unnamed lobbyist told Politico that Garcia had repeatedly telephoned him with invitations for drinks and, after being rejected, physically confronted him and told him that she'd "set a goal for myself to fuck you".[6]

Garcia denied both mens' allegations.[9][8] On February 10, 2018, she announced that she would take a voluntary unpaid leave while the California State Assembly investigates the sexual misconduct claims.[10]

On February 14, 2018 four of Garcia's former staff members filed a complaint with the Assembly Rules Committee alleging misconduct rising to the level of sexual harassment.[11] One of the four, came forward a few days later to accuse Garcia of firing him for complaining that she pressed her staff to play the game spin the bottle.[12]

Electoral history

2012 California State Assembly

California's 58th State Assembly district election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Patricia A. Kotze-Ramos 9,015 28.1
Democratic Cristina Garcia 8,517 26.6
Democratic Tom Calderon 7,290 22.7
Democratic Luis H. Marquez 3,946 12.3
Democratic Daniel Crespo 2,096 6.5
Democratic Sultan "Sam" Ahmad 1,197 3.7
Total votes 32,061 100.0
General election
Democratic Cristina Garcia 91,019 71.8
Republican Patricia A. Kotze-Ramos 35,676 28.2
Total votes 126,695 100.0
Democratic hold

2014 California State Assembly

California's 58th State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Cristina Garcia (incumbent) 19,392 100.0
Total votes 19,392 100.0
General election
Democratic Cristina Garcia (incumbent) 43,182 100.0
Total votes 43,182 100.0
Democratic hold

2016 California State Assembly

California's 58th State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Cristina Garcia (incumbent) 56,052 100.0
Republican Ramiro Alvarado (write-in) 19 0.0
Total votes 56,071 100.0
General election
Democratic Cristina Garcia (incumbent) 105,170 75.3
Republican Ramiro Alvarado 34,449 24.7
Total votes 139,619 100.0
Democratic hold

References

  1. ^ "Sexual misconduct accusations against California assemblywoman twist gender dynamics of #MeToo movement". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 February 2018. 
  2. ^ "Cristina Garcia's Biography". VoteSmart. Retrieved 11 February 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c "Biography". Cristina Garcia. California State Assembly. Retrieved February 9, 2018. 
  4. ^ Murphy, Katy (February 9, 2018). "California assemblywoman and #MeToo champion accused of groping". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved February 9, 2018. 
  5. ^ Aron, Hillel (September 21, 2017). "L.A.'s Tri-Hipster Area Braces for Yet Another Special Election". Los Angeles Weekly. Retrieved February 9, 2018. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Marinucci, Carla (February 8, 2018). "#MeToo movement lawmaker investigated for sexual misconduct allegations". Politico. Retrieved February 9, 2018. 
  7. ^ Ronyane, Kathleen (December 19, 2017). "Lawmakers' sex harassment training like '4th grade lecture'". Reno Gazette Journal. Associated Press. Retrieved February 9, 2018. 
  8. ^ a b c Hawkins, Derek (February 9, 2018). "Female California lawmaker behind #MeToo push is accused of groping male staffer". Washington Post. Retrieved February 9, 2018. 
  9. ^ Mason, Melanie (February 9, 2018). "Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia to take leave of absence during investigation of misconduct allegations". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 9, 2018. 
  10. ^ "Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia to step aside amid sexual harassment inquiry". SFGate. Retrieved 2018-02-10. 
  11. ^ Ronayne, Kathleen (February 15, 2018). "California assemblywoman faces fresh misconduct allegations". San Francisco Chronicle. Associated Press. 
  12. ^ Marinucci, Carla (February 18, 2018). "'Spin the bottle' and a kegerator: #MeToo movement lawmaker faces new sexual misconduct allegations". 

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