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Alex P. Garcia
Member of the California Senate
from the 24th district

In office
December 2, 1974 - November 30, 1982
Preceded by Omer Rains
Succeeded by Art Torres
Member of the State Assembly
from the 40th district

In office
January 6, 1969 - November 30, 1974
Preceded by Edward E. Elliott
Succeeded by Tom Bane
Personal details
Born (1929-06-22)June 22, 1929
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
Died April 10, 1999(1999-04-10) (aged 69)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Blanche Alvarez
Children 5
Alma mater East Los Angeles Junior College
Military service
Service/branch  United States Army

Alex P. Garcia (June 22, 1929 – April 10, 1999) was an American politician in the state of California. He served in the California State Assembly from 1969 to 1974 and as a California State Senator from 1974 to 1982. He was a Democrat.[1][2] He attended Los Angeles Schools, East Los Angeles Junior College, UCLA, and Southern California College of Business. He married Blanche Alvarez in 1948; his children are Alex, Jr., twins Daniel and Thomas, Cecilia and Catherine. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. [3]


Garcia, from Los Angeles, was the third Latino Democrat elected in 1968 to the Assembly. Peter R. Chacon, a Democrat from San Diego was elected in 1970. Together they formed the Chicano Legislative Caucus in 1973, along with three more Latinos, Joseph Montoya, Ray Gonzales, and Richard Alatorre, who elected to the State Assembly in 1972.

The formation of the Caucus was a significant achievement for the Latino community in California. The Caucus worked to create, and implement laws that serve to extend, protect, and reserve the rights of Californian Latinos, a first in California legislative history.[4]


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