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Rep. Garcia files for re-election, touts Latina heritage

Rep. Delia Garcia, D-WichitaThree-term State Rep. Delia Garcia has filed for re-election to her seat, which represents most of downtown and a stretch of central-north Wichita. (See district map PDF.)

The Democrat, who owns and operates Connie’s Mexico Cafe on North Broadway, highlighted her Hispanic heritage by filing for the seat on Cinco de Mayo. In a news release, she noted that she is the only Latina in the state legislature. (Though there are Hispanic men who have been elected to House seats .)

Garcia recently supported the statewide smoking ban. She voted against an attempt to override Gov. Mark Parkinson’s veto of a bill rewriting state laws on late-term abortions.

Garcia serves on the House Committees on Commerce and Labor, Elections, and Veterans, Military and Homeland Security.  She is also the Ranking Democrat on the House Local Government Committee.

Delia was elected in 2005 at age 27, making her the youngest woman House member at the time.