Elected in 2014, Eduardo Garcia proudly represents California's 56th Assembly District, which includes cities and unincorporated communities in eastern Riverside County and Imperial County, including Blythe, Brawley, Bermuda Dunes, Calexico, Calipatria, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial, Indio, Mecca, Oasis, North Shore, Salton Sea, Thermal, Thousand Palms, and Westmorland.
Garcia was first elected to Coachella City Council in November 2004. Two years later, at the age of 29, he became Coachella's first elected Mayor. He championed issues of health and wellness, repaired roads, extended sidewalks and built parks that swiftly became the envy of the surrounding areas. His leadership transformed the city into an emerging economic and cultural center of the Coachella Valley.
A graduate of local public schools, Garcia attended Coachella Valley High School and the University of California, Riverside. He also completed the "Senior Executives in State and Local Government" Public Administration program from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and earned a Master's Degree from the University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning and Development.
He is a proud father, husband and life-long resident of the Coachella Valley.
In the California State Assembly, Garcia is the current chair of Water, Parks and Wildlife. In this capacity he oversees some of the state’s most pressing issues, such as drought conditions, and the implementation of the multi-billion dollar Proposition 1, Water Bond passed by voters in 2014.
Garcia also serves on the Assembly Committees on Appropriations, Communications and Conveyance, Governmental Organization and Utilities and Energy.
Most recently, he was appointed to represent the State Assembly on the California Air Resources Board.
In his first term, Garcia was selected to chair the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy. As chair, Garcia was responsible for leading the Assembly's review of policies and legislation related to small business development, international trade, and other state and local economic development related issues to help create a more robust and inclusive economy.
Significantly, as freshman legislator, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia had well over two dozen bills and resolutions signed by Governor Brown. Garcia made a point to champion measures that would increase access to healthcare, bring environmental and economic relief to the areas of the Coachella and Imperial Valleys, such as the Salton Sea and New River, but also provide workforce training and financial assistance to small businesses in the district.
Included in this string of success was SB 32 and AB 197, the historic climate change package that established landmark state emission reduction mandate, boosted oversight and transparency of the Air Resources Board while constructing the framework to ensure future climate policies prioritize investments into disadvantaged communities that are most affected by pollution.
His astounding success in this short period of time earned him the attention and recognition of many entities. In 2017, the California Parks and Recreation Society selected him as their Legislator of the Year, he received the inaugural Pavley/Nunez Award for Clean Energy Innovation from the California Clean Energy Fund and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded him for Climate Leadership.