I am running for Congress because the people of TX-29 need an active, progressive, effective voice in Washington. Nobody can look at the statistics in our district objectively and think things are ok. 91% of the people in the district don’t have a bachelor’s degree. Over 50% of students in the district are dropping out of high school. Over 54% of people in the district don’t own a home. Over 24% – including over 33% of children – live in poverty. If you ask people who have lived in this district for the last 20+ years, they will tell you nothing has changed. The bad schools are still bad and the good schools are out of reach. College is nothing but a dream. Day to day life is about mere survival – economically and socially.
Together, we can build a movement within this community. I am asking voters in TX-29 to take a hard look within in their communities – to see the failing schools, increased gun violence, crumbling infrastructure, and a stagnant economy – and realize that they deserve better. I am seeking to have a frank conversation with the voters in this district; to ask for their permission to serve and take our community in a new direction.
I believe this district, and our community, needs a change in tone and action. I understand the problems facing voters at their kitchen table because I lived them. I cannot stand idly by while another generation of kids gets lost to the cycle of poverty and violence. As an elected official, it is my job to be an active voice that breaks that cycle – to build a movement block-by-block to show our communities that life can be better and we can have representatives that take action to solve problems, not just take votes on issues.
Instead of a Member of Congress with mixed votes on comprehensive immigration reform and who stands silent when Donald Trump and other national Republicans attack our community, I will continue to be a leading voice for reform and in defense of all hard-working Americans. Instead of a Member of Congress who votes with the NRA time and again, I will continue President Obama’s mission and be a leader in passing common-sense gun safety reform. And instead of a Member of Congress who bends over backward to accommodate an oil and gas industry whose jobs and profits don’t trickle down to our communities, I will stand up for the health and safety of the people in this district.
As a child, he grew up in Houston’s Near Northside and experienced desegregation up close and personal, as a student who was bussed from Sherman Elementary to Crawford Elementary in Houston’s fifth ward community. Adrian further experienced diversity when he was chosen to attend an early HISD magnet school at River Oaks Elementary. He later attended Marshall Middle School, Davis High School, Sam Houston High School, and graduated from the Houston Technical Institute, now known as Barbara Jordan High School for Careers. Soon after graduating from high school, Adrian immediately went to work and put his skills to use with his father in their automotive repair business.
Adrian began his life in public service as a Houston Police officer. After 23 years with the department, his dedication was recognized by former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier, who appointed Adrian to the position of HPD’s liaison to the Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office. In 1999, Adrian was named the director of this anti-gang effort.
Adrian served five years as a Houston City Councilman eventually becoming Mayor Pro Tempore under Mayor Bill White. On City Council, Adrian gained valuable experience in how government works. Adrian chaired the Public Safety and Homeland Security committee and the Minority Business Women Enterprise, and served on Fiscal Affairs, and Flooding and Drainage committees.
In 2008, Adrian Garcia was elected Harris County Sheriff. Adrian inherited a Sheriff’s Department that was in dire need of reform. He wasted no time producing new, innovative ideas to clean up the mess that existed in that department by reducing the overcrowding at the country’s third largest jail, bringing more diversity to the department’s command staff, and working to be a visible, community-oriented law enforcement officer the public could trust.
In 2012, Adrian Garcia was re-elected Sheriff. He continued to lead, manage, and reform the Harris County Sheriff’s Office into a transparent organization that is above all accountable to the taxpayers of Harris County. As an executive, Adrian Garcia led a workforce of almost 5000 employees, managed a budget of approximately $500 million and during the course of his administration reformed the office to save taxpayers $200 million – all while putting more officers on the streets to keep you and your families safe.
As Congressman for the 29th District of Texas, Adrian Garcia will continue his lifelong dedication to being a public servant for all Houstonians.