U.S. Representative from California's 25th District
|Assumed office |
May 19, 2020
|Preceded by||Katie Hill|
|Born||April 24, 1976|
|Alma mater||United States Naval Academy|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
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.
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, 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, Garcia won the special election runoff by a margin of 12% of the vote over Christy Smith, having been endorsed by Donald Trump. This was especially after Smith had downplayed Garcia's military service, making a sarcastic mockery about it.
- 2020 California primary results
- CA-25 Special Election Moves From Lean to Likely Democratic
- We think the race for U.S. House in California’s District 25 is a toss-up.
- U.S. House of Representatives District 25 - Districtwide Results
- Watch: Christy Smith Mocks Mike Garcia's Military Service in CA-25 Special Election