Senator Sylvia R. Garcia: District 6

Senator Sylvia R. Garcia

Occupation: Attorney
Education: B.A., Social Work, Texas Woman's University; J.D., Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University
Legislative Experience: Senate Member, 2013 – present
Hometown: Palito Blanco
Party: Democrat

Senator Sylvia R. Garcia is a native of the South Texas farming community, Palito Blanco. The eighth of ten children, Sylvia learned at an early age the value of education and hard work. Growing up, she saw her parents struggle to raise those ten children. And because of their struggles, her parents wanted to make sure each one their children had a good education in order to better their lives.

As a result, Sylvia worked hard and attended Texas Woman's University on a scholarship, graduating with a degree in social work. But she didn't stop there. She then received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University.

Aside from acquiring her education, Sylvia knew it was also her responsibility to give back to her community. As a social worker early in her professional career, Sylvia protected our community's most vulnerable. Whether it was our children or our elderly, she made sure no one was forgotten.

Shortly afterwards, Sylvia entered her public service career with the City of Houston. She served as Director and Presiding Judge of the Houston Municipal System for an unprecedented five terms under two mayors. There, she made our city court system effective and efficient for our community.

When Sylvia was elected to City Controller, she earned a reputation as the taxpayers' watchdog that fought to protect the pocketbooks of working families. Recalling the struggles of her own parents, she knew every dollar counts when raising a family. That is why she made sure city government was transparent and accountable.

In 2002, Sylvia was elected to Harris County Commissioner's Court. The first Hispanic and first woman to be elected in her own right to the office, she continued her advocacy for working families and made certain Harris County took care of its most vulnerable, all while making certain Harris County led the way for new jobs and economic development.

Active in the Houston community, Sylvia has served on more than 25 community boards and commissions, including the San Jacinto Girl Scouts, the Houston Hispanic Forum, the American Leadership Forum, Battleship Texas and the Museum of Fine Arts - Houston.

Sylvia 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. She is also 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.

Sylvia Garcia has dedicated her life to her community and to public service. Just like her parents believed in her future, she believes in the future of Texas families that depend on quality education for our children.



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Garcia on the Go — December 2015

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Garcia on the Go — November 2015

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Garcia on the Go — September 2015

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Inside the Capitol with Senator Sylvia Garcia — August 2015

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Garcia on the Go — August 2015

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Garcia on the Go — March 2015

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Inside the Capitol with Senator Sylvia Garcia — February 2015

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Garcia on the Go — February 2015

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Garcia on the Go — January 2015

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Garcia on the Go — December 2014

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Garcia on the Go — November 2014

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Garcia on the Go — October 2014

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Garcia on the Go — September 2014

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Garcia on the Go — August 2014

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Garcia on the Go — July 2014

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Garcia on the Go — June 2014

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Garcia on the Go — May 2014

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Garcia on the Go — April 2014

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Garcia on the Go — March 2014

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Senator Garcia's 2013 Capitol Update


Press Room
[ Press Archives: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 ]

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Senator Sylvia Garcia Applauds Historic Moment for Latinos in Houston

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Senator Sylvia Garcia Files Bill to End Unfair Tax on Women

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Senator Sylvia Garcia to Hold Press Conference on Legislation to Fight Human Trafficking

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Senator Garcia & NCI Invite Community Members, Families to Senior Crafts & Health Fair

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Senator Sylvia Garcia on Fifth Circuit's Voter ID Opinion

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Sylvia R. Garcia
Texas State Senate
District 6


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Office Information

Capitol Address District Address
The Honorable Sylvia R. Garcia
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0106
5425 Polk Street, Suite 125
Houston, Texas 77023
(713) 923-7575
(713) 923-7676 (fax)
District Address  
Woodforest National Bank
13301 East Freeway, Suite 310
Houston, Texas 77015
(713) 453-5100
(713) 453-8800 (fax)


84th Session Committee Membership


District Analysis: District 6

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