Sylvia R. Garcia
A graduate of Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Sylvia R. Garcia is the State Senator for DIstrict 6 in Texas. Previously, she was the first woman and Latina to be elected to the Harris County Commissioner's Court. In 1998, she was elected to serve as the Houston City Controller, and prior to that, she served as Director and Presiding Judge of the Houston Municipal System for an unprecendented five terms under two mayors.
Senator Garcia is a native of the South Texas farming community of Palito Blanco. Senator Garcia is the eighth of ten children, hailing from the small south Texas farming community of Palito Blanco. She attended Texas Woman’s University on a scholarship, graduating with a degree in social work. Active in the Houston community, Senator Garcia has served on more than 25 community boards and commissions, including the San Jacinto Girl Scouts, the Houston Hispanic Forum, the American Leadership Forum, the Texas Southern University Foundation and the Institute of Hispanic Culture.
Senator Garcia has been named "Humanitarian of the Year" by the National Conference of Communities and Justice and chosen as one of "Houston’s 25 Power People" by Inside Houston magazine. The Houston Press also named her "Politician of the Year." Senator Garcia is a recipient of the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents Woman of Distinction Award, the Hispanic Scouting Distinguished Citizen Award from the Sam Houston Area Council/Boy Scouts of America, and the Board Award from the San Jacinto Girl Scouts.