WICHITA- In honor of the Latino holiday Cinco de Mayo, the Kansas Legislature’s only Latina member has filed for re-election to the Kansas House. Garcia represents the 103rd district, which includes north-central Wichita.
“I have been very proud to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with my colleagues in the Kansas Legislature for the last six years,” said Garcia. “My culture is an important part of my service in the House of Representatives. I work extremely hard to serve as a strong voice for all Kansans and Latinos in the State Capitol.”
In 2004, Garcia became the first ever Latina woman to be elected to the Kansas Legislature. At age 27, she was also the youngest female member of the body. Garcia was born and raised in the House district she represents. She owns and operates Kansas’ oldest family-owned Mexican restaurant, Connie’s Mexico Café.
Among her many honors and awards, Garcia is the recipient of the Women at the Table of Power Pacesetter Award, the Wichita Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award and the Matt Garcia Public Service Award by the Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund. In 2009, Garcia was elected National Vice President of the Board of Legislative Hispanic Caucus Chairs, as well as the State Director for the National Young Elected Officials Network. Also in 2009, Wichita Magazine named Garcia as one of Wichita’s Most Influential Women. She was also awarded the National Latina Trailblazer in Government by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce & Latina Chamber of Commerce. Most recently, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid invited Garcia and other key Latino leaders to meet with the U.S. Senate Democratic Hispanic Task to discuss economic issues facing Latino families across the country.
As a member of the Kansas House of Representatives, Garcia serves on the House Committees on Commerce and Labor, Elections, and Veterans, Military and Homeland Security. She is also the Ranking Democrat on the House Local Government Committee. Her experiences have provided an in-depth understanding of state election and local government issues.
“Delia’s record and accolades speak for themselves,” said House Democratic Leader Paul Davis, Lawrence. “She has been recognized around the country as a leader on Latino issues and we have directly benefited from her leadership in Kansas. Delia has not only spearheaded legislation in the Kansas House to help the Latino community, she has been instrumental in fighting discriminatory policies.”
The 2010 election will take place on November 2, 2010. To learn more about Garcia, visit http://deliagarcia.drautage.com/.
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