MIKE GARCIA  (R) CA-25

Current Republican U.S. Congressman from California

ESSENTIAL FACTS:

  • SEDITION CAUCUS: Garcia voted against certifying the 2020 presidential vote count in PA and AZ based on false accusations of voter fraud. [1]

  • Garcia supports repealing the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). [1]

  • Garcia said that he's skeptical about humans’ contributions to climate change. [1]

  • in 2020, Garcia co-sponsored the Life At Conception Act, which would ban abortion from “the moment of fertilization” with no exceptions. [1]

  • Garcia said that he'd still support the Iraq War knowing what he knows now. [1]

  • Garcia is opposed to H.R. 1, an effort meant to get money out of politics. [1]

  • Garcia voted for Trump's tax plan and said it was built to "target Californians". [1]

  • Garcia opposed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (aka Biden's "stimulus"). [1]

  • Garcia said that he was “not a big fan” of Medicaid, that he only supported Medicare “at some levels,” and that he opposed food stamps philosophically. [1]

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Mike Garcia (R)

2022

Name

Born

Education

 

Category

Affiliation

Spouse

Michael Joseph Garcia

April 24, 1976

U.S. Naval Academy (BS)

Georgetown University (MA)

Politician

Far-Right, Trumper

Rebecca Rollins (m. 2013)

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  • Talking about the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection, Garcia said, “We need to move on from that whole discussion and, frankly, move forward and get the House back in 2022”. [1]

  • Garcia said that Rep. Jim Jordan was a “model” of how he would act in Congress. [1]

  • Garcia is an ardent Trump supporter [1] and said that he would support Trump's re-election in 2020 even if there was another Republican candidate running against him, "I think Trump is a good President, absolutely I support the President". [2] Garcia also defended Trump’s “go back home” tweet and said that Trump was not racist. [3]

  • In 2019, Garcia claimed that he left his job to run for Congress, [1] but records show that he received income from both of his jobs that year [2], and that his former employer, Raytheon, was among his top campaign contributors. [3]

  • Garcia said that he's "disgusted that politicians in Washington are voting in lockstep with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to push a socialist agenda that jeopardizes everything we’ve risked blood and treasure to defend". [1]

  • Through his company, Rhino Estates, Garcia said that he's "been successfully flipping houses, buying beat up properties and refurbishing them for families who can’t afford to do it themselves, and providing quality rental properties to lower income families since 2004. Through the booms and recession, I had great success because of my hard work and diligence". [1] But records show that Rhino Estates was actually incorporated in 2017, [2] that neither Garcia nor Rhino Estates were ever registered with the California Department of Real Estate, [3] and that, in reality, he's only been apart of a handful of real estate transactions. [4]

  • At the 2021 "Freedom Fest", organized by former California Rep. Devin Nunes (who is now CEO of Trump's social media company Truth Social), Congressman Garcia lauded the crowd as “freedom fighters’’ and called California "the lowest-achieving state in the nation.” [1]

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  • SEDITION CAUCUS: Voted against certifying the 2020 vote count in PA and AZ based on unfounded accusations of voter fraud. [1] Garcia later seemingly acknowledged Biden's win, stating the "election process has run its course". [2]

  • Garcia said that he was opposed to H.R. 1, an effort meant to get money out of politics. [1]

  • Garcia voted against Donald Trump's second impeachment (following the 2021 attack on the United States Capitol). [1]

  • Garcia voted against the bipartisan TRUTH (Transparency and Reporting for the Underbanked and Taxpayers at Home) Act, which sought to insure the transparency of PPP loans. [1]

  • Garcia said that he "supports term limits because it’s time to get rid of the career politicians in both parties. Washington, DC truly is a swamp, filled with career politicians who are more concerned with their next election than making tough decisions". [1]

  • Garcia allegedly failed to properly disclose some of his 2020 stock trades (including American Airlines, Tesla, Boeing, and more) until after his narrow re-election in 2020 — well beyond the  deadline to report. [1][2]

  • Garcia said that he was in favor of repealing the Affordable Care Act (i.e. Obamacare), without any plans to replace it. [1]

  • During a virtual debate with California state Assemblywoman Christy Smith before the special election, Garcia said that financial aid to small businesses during the pandemic should be administered through cities and local chambers of commerce. [1]

  • Garcia suggested that sanctuary cities should be cut from federal funding, [1] he opposed the DREAM Act (which protected DACA recipients), [2] and he supported fully funding a wall on the southern border. [3]

  • Garcia said that he would still support the Iraq War today knowing what he knows now. [1]

  • In 2021, Garcia was one of 49 House Republicans to vote to repeal the AUMF against Iraq. [1]

  • Garcia said that his “top priority” was supporting Trump’s defense budgets, [1] which included $34 billion more than was requested and extra funding for the Mexican border wall. [2]

  • In college, Garcia wrote a paper on a President’s “rights and abilities” to go to war “with” or "without” Congressional approval”. [1]

  • In August 2021, Garcia called on President Biden to resign due to the U.S. withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, "‘There’s going to be blood on his hands that are Americans." [1]

  • Garcia said that he was “not a big fan” of Medicaid, that he only supported Medicare “at some levels,” and that he opposed food stamps "on a philosophical level", saying "I think everyone should have to figure out how to fend for themselves.” [1]

  • On safety nets, Garcia said, "Here’s where I land on all the programs. There should be safety nets, but I don’t want the federal government to be the safety net. I want the churches, I want the local community nonprofits, I want our neighbors to be the safety net..." [1]

  • Garcia was skeptical about humans’ contributions to climate change, saying that he believed that human activity only had “some implications” to climate change, [1] and denied that California’s forest fires were made worse as a result of climate change. [2]

  • Garcia said that he opposes new restrictions on guns. [1]

  • Garcia voted against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). [1]

  • Garcia's brother, Gus Garcia, is a QAnon-espousing election skeptic who said in 2021, “If everyone had actually read Q for themselves, there would be no controversy about it. Its [sic] just information. It was spot-on. You’d have to be a fool to dispute it at this point.” Gus goes on to call nonbelievers “lazy sheep.” [1]

  • Garcia said that he wanted to bring back the federal death penalty and supported initiatives that expedited executions, saying, "There are no innocent people on death row in California". [1]

  • In December 2020, Garcia voted NO on H.R. 3884, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, which would legalize the possession and sale of cannabis. [1]

  • In 2021, Garcia received a $2,000 donation from the campaign committee of fellow Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz, who is currently under investigation for allegations that he paid and transported women, some of them minors, to engage in sexual relationships. [1]

  • Garcia does not support federal funding of Planned Parenthood, [1] and in 2020 he co-sponsored the Life At Conception Act, which would ban abortion from “the moment of fertilization” with no exceptions. [2]

  • Garcia voted against the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (aka Biden's "Stimulus Bill"). [1]

  • Garcia claimed that the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCGA), aka the "Trump Tax Plan", was built in a manner to benefit and "target Californians", [1] and said that he would vote in favor of making it permanent in Congress. [2]

    • But evidence shows that taxes actually increased for more than 5 million Californians [3], and that the tax cuts primarily helped those at the top. [4][5] Moreover, these tax cuts corresponded with billions more in profits for defense contractors, including his former employer Raytheon Technologies, whose annual profit jumped 40%. [6] In 2021, Garcia introduced the State and Local Tax (SALT) Fairness Act, a bill to eliminate the SALT deduction cap created in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. [7]

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