BIOGRAPHY FOR

Senator René Garciá

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Get to know the man behind the movement, his life, what he stands for, and what his plans are for our community.

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René García was born and raised in the city of Hialeah, to working class Cuban American parents. As a child he attended local public schools and played baseball at the city’s local parks. In 1997, at the age of 24, René García was elected to a two-year term on the Hialeah City Council. He was re-elected, to a four-year term in November 1999. While serving as a city Councilman René García graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Florida International University. In December of 2004 René graduated from the University of Miami with a Masters in Business Administration, specializing in Health Administration and Policy.

René was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in November of 2000. René was re-elected consecutively in 2002, 2004 and 2006 and has proven to be a dedicated community leader. Furthermore, he served as Chair of the Miami Dade Legislative Delegation, Chair of the Health Services Sub-Committee, Chairman of Health Innovation Committee, Chair of the Florida Hispanic Caucus, and was named Deputy Whip for the House of Representatives.

René García was elected to Florida’s State Senate on November 2, 2010. He is currently the Chairman of the Health care Regulation Committee. Garcia also serves on the following committees: Agriculture, Budget Sub-committee on Health & Human Services Appropriations, Governmental Oversight & Accountability, Reapportionment and Transportation.

René has participated in the following Non-Profit Boards:

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  • Kiwanis Club of Flamingo-Hialeah (Vice President)
  • Children’s Trust (Founding Member)
  • Camillus House
    A Safe Haven for Newborns
  • Advocate for KidCare
  • Florida International University’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work External Advisory Committee
  • Adrienne Arsht Center Board Member
  • Miami Dade County Charter Review Task Force (Chairman)
  • Florida Hispanic Caucus (Chairman)
  • National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Health Task Force (Vice- Chairman)

René has been honored with Awards from the following organizations:

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  • Florida Children Services Council Legislative Award
  • Jewish Center of Services Community Leadership Award
  • Alliance for Aging, Inc. Elder Statesman Award
  • The Children’s Psychiatric CenterChildren’s Service Award
  • Miami Children’s Hospital Distinguished Services for the Children Award
  • Health Council of South Florida Community Leadership Award
  • Miami Dade County League of Cities Legislator of the Year Award
  • South Florida Legal Services Provider Legislative Leadership Award
  • Florida Association of Health Plans Managed Care Legislator of the Year Award
  • Jackson Health System Honorary Doctor of the Day
  • Dade Christian Coalition Friend of the Family Award
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Friend of the Free Enterprise Award
  • National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) Legislator of the year Award.
  • Community Smiles
  • A Safe Haven for Newborns
  • Liga Contra El Cancer
  • Voices for Children Foundation
  • American Heart Association
  • MADD
  • Poison Help Center
  • Children’s Trust Foundation