Robert Garcia

Robert Garcia

Politician + Council Member
Born Dec 2, 1977

Dr. Robert Garcia is a City Council member in the City of Long Beach, California. He represents the First Councilmanic District, which includes large areas of downtown, parts of the Port of Long Beach, and some of the densest and most diverse urban areas in the nation.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Garcia.


1977 Birth Born on December 2, 1977.


2000 22 Years Old Originally a Republican, Garcia served as California Youth Coalition Coordinator for the 2000 George W. Bush presidential campaign while in college.
2005 27 Years Old In 2005, he founded and was president of the Long Beach Young Republicans; he worked as chief of staff for Long Beach City Councilmember Frank Colonna and ran Colonna's 2006 mayoral campaign.
2007 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Garcia changed his party to Democratic around 2007.


2009 31 Years Old 1 More Event
After being elected on April 13, 2009 to fill the seat vacated by Bonnie Lowenthal, Garcia became the youngest person, the first Latino male, and the first gay person of color to be elected to the Long Beach City Council.
2010 32 Years Old He was reelected in April 2010 by a margin of more than 40 percentage points.
2012 34 Years Old In July 2012, he was unanimously elected to a two-year term as Vice Mayor by the City Council, becoming the first Latino Vice Mayor in Long Beach and the youngest in the City's history (Press Telegram, July 18, 2012). … Read More
2013 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In July 2013, after Bob Foster announced he would not seek re-election, Garcia entered the race for Long Beach Mayor. … Read More
He received 25.4% of the vote in the April 8, 2014 election, finishing first in a field of 10 mayoral candidates. In the runoff election between Garcia and fellow candidate Damon Dunn (22.3% of the vote) on June 3, Garcia won with 52% of the vote, and took office on July 15, 2014 … Read More
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