Mike Garcia

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Mike Garcia

U.S. Representative from California's 25th District
Assumed office 
May 19, 2020
Preceded by Katie Hill

Born April 24, 1976
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Rebecca Garcia
Children Two
Alma mater United States Naval Academy
Military Service

Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Battles/wars Iraq War

Michael “Mike” Garcia (born April 24, 1976, age 44) is a businessman, veteran, and conservative Republican who successfully ran in the 2020 U.S. House special election runoff in California's 25th district to succeed the disgraced Katie Hill, a Democrat elected in the 2018 midterm elections who resigned in late 2019 after a sex scandal.

2020 U.S. House election in California's 25th district

After Rep. Katie Hill effectively resigned from office, a special election was triggered to fill the vacancy.

Special election

The special election was held on March 3, 2020, concurring with the other primary elections preceding normal general elections for the other congressional district races in California. Garcia finished second place with only 25.4% of the vote,[1] trailing Democrat Christy Smith, but as no candidate garnered a majority of the votes casted, a runoff was triggered between the top two performers, as is under state law.


Despite predictions that had suggested otherwise,[2][3] Garcia won the special election runoff by a margin of 12% of the vote over Christy Smith,[4] having been endorsed by Donald Trump.[5] This was especially after Smith had downplayed Garcia's military service, making a sarcastic mockery about it.[6]


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