Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
GARCIA, Robert (1933-2017)

GARCIA, ROBERT, a Representative from New York; born in New York, Bronx County, N.Y., January 9, 1933; attended the public schools; graduated from Haaren High School, Bronx, 1950; attended City College of New York, 1957; Community College of New York, 1957; RCA Institute, 1957; served in the United States Army during the Korean War with the Third Infantry Division, 1950-1953; computer engineer, 1957-1965; served in the New York assembly, 1965-1966; New York senate, 1966-1978; deputy minority leader, 1975-1978; delegate to Democratic National Convention, 1976; registered as a Democrat but elected as a Republican-Liberal to the Ninety-fifth Congress, by special election, February 14, 1978, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Herman Badillo; resumed prior party affiliation as a Democrat, effective February 21, 1978; reelected to the six succeeding Congresses and served until his resignation January 7, 1990 (February 14, 1978-January 7, 1990); died on January 25, 2017, in San Juan, P.R.

Hunter College, City University of New York
Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora
New York, NY
Papers: ca. 1976-1994, 60 cubic feet.
This collection documents Roberts Garcia’s career as U.S. Representative of the South Bronx (1978-1990), at the time, the poorest congressional district in the country. The papers chronicle his work on the Post Office and Civil Service Committee, the Banking, Finance, and Urban Affairs Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee, and his legislative work on issues of interest, such as immigration reform, bilingual education, and teen pregnancy. The collection also contains administrative and case files, personal and biographical information, records pertaining to his reelection campaigns, public relations materials, and subject files. Also included are photo graphs, artifacts, and audio and video recordings. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.


Rutgers University Libraries
Special Collections and University Libraries
New Brunswick, NJ
Papers: In the New Democratic Coalition of New York Records, 1960-1978, 49 cubic feet.
Persons represented include Robert Garcia. A finding aid is available in the repository.

  • "Robert Garcia" in Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-2012. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of the Historian and the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2013.