Rep. Mike Garcia

GFund_Candidate_Mike Garcia
First-generation American citizen Mike Garcia is a highly decorated United States Naval Officer whose record-setting flying performance earned him the honor of becoming one of the first Super Hornet strike fighter pilots in the Navy. He flew over 30 combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom in the skies above Baghdad, Fallujah and Tikrit. Born in Granada Hills, Garcia is a native of Santa Clarita since his move to Saugus in 1982 with his mom and step-dad (LAPD officer) at the age of 6. Since this young age, Garcia yearned to serve his nation and had his sights set on becoming a Naval Aviator. “At the age of 6, I knew I wanted to fly fighter jets off of aircraft carriers in defense of my country. My decision to run for Congress is a continuation of that desire to serve and a sense of responsibility to serve my country and my district.” A top graduate of Saugus High School in 1994, Garcia was nominated by Representative Howard “Buck” McKeon to attend the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, where he graduated in the top 3% of his class. In May of 1998 he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy with orders to attend flight school in Pensacola, Florida.