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Rep. Robert Garcia

Former Representative for New York’s 18th District

Garcia was the representative for New York’s 18th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1983 to 1990.

He was previously the representative for New York’s 21st congressional district as a Democrat from 1977 to 1982.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 1989, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated Garcia for conspiracy and Travel Act violations (receipt of $170,000 in payments, loans, and a diamond necklace from a defense contractor), for which Garcia and his wife were convicted on Oct. 20, 1989, four counts of bribery and receipt of illegal gratuities, for which he was acquitted. On Jan. 7, 1990, he resigned.

Oct. 31, 1989 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct preliminary inquiry voted
Jan. 7, 1990 Resigned.

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Garcia is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1990 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Garcia sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Garcia was the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Garcia sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Finance and Financial Sector (21%) Government Operations and Politics (19%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (17%) International Affairs (11%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Commerce (9%) Education (8%) Families (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Garcia’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 1978 to Nov 1989, Garcia missed 1,277 of 5,973 roll call votes, which is 21.4%. This is much worse than the median of 4.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 1989. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: