A longtime public servant, Joe Garcia has a history of helping the energy industry become more efficient. He has served on the Florida Public Service Commission, chaired the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners, and most recently served as Director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact and Diversity at the Department of Energy.
Garcia has pledged that in Congress he will protect Florida’s beaches and natural beauty and work to end U.S. dependence on foreign oil. He will also stand up to attacks on clean air and water safeguards advanced by the EPA.
During his tenure at the Department of Energy, Garcia led efforts to secure funding for and increase production from wind and solar power. Recognizing the damaging effects of the catastrophic 2010 BP oil spill on Florida’s fishing and tourism-based economy, Garcia strongly opposes offshore drilling. He also vows to fight for increased federal protection and management for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Garcia joins the U.S. House after defeating one-term Representative David Rivera who received a score of 14% on LCV’s 2011 National Environmental Scorecard for his first year in Congress.
In his own words:
"In Congress, I will be committed to protecting Florida’s beaches and natural beauty, which are so essential for our economy. I will also work to free our country from its dependence on foreign oil and the authoritarian regimes that often profit from it."