Congratulate First Dominican Elected U.S. Representative as Shadow Congressman from DC

“U.S. Representative Franklin Garcia is a good example of the type of Dominican and Latino immigrants who come to the United States to dedicate their lives to the betterment of this blessed country,” said Nestor Montilla, Sr., Chairman of the Dominican American National Roundtable and the National Dominican American Council (NDAC).

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Washington, DC.– Join us in congratulating Shadow United States Representative Franklin Garcia, the first Dominican elected congressman to represent the District of Columbia, on November 4, 2014.  On November 8, 2016 he was reelected overwhelmingly to serve his second term as congressman after obtaining 252,992 votes, equivalent to 81.33% of all cast votes.

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“I am the U.S. Representative (Shadow) for the District of Columbia. I advocate for Congressional Representation for all citizens and residents of the District of Columbia,” he said.  “Specifically, I advocate for the admission of the State of New Columbia as the 51st state in the union. It is the only way to honor full democracy in the nation’s capital.”

“On behalf of our Board of Directors, please join us in congratulating the first Dominican-born elected in 2014 and reelected in 2016 as the Shadow U.S. Representative from Washington, DC,” said the Honorable Claribel Martinez-Marmolejos, President of The Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR). “He was born in Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic; relocated with his family at the age of 10 to Washington, DC, where he was raised. He is the first Latino and first Dominican elected the U.S. Representative (Shadow) of the District of Columbia in the history of the United States of America.”

“U.S. Representative Garcia is a good example of the type of Dominican and Latino immigrants who come to the United States to dedicate their lives to the betterment of this blessed country,” said Nestor Montilla, Sr., Chairman of the Dominican American National Roundtable and the National Dominican American Council (NDAC).

“The position of Shadow U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives are not unique to the District of Columbia. Throughout the history of the United States, areas desirous to become states engaged in the practice of electing shadow congressional representatives before they were admitted into the Union as states. Among those areas were Tennessee, Michigan, California, Minnesota, Oregon, Alaska, and ultimately, the New Columbia,” said Chairman Montilla.

In 1979, Washington, DC voters approved the Statehood Initiative. In 1990, DC voters elected their first Shadow Congressional Delegation consisting of two non-voting U.S. Senators and one delegate referred to as a Shadow U.S. Representative representing the District of Columbia. The first shadow representative in the District of Columbia was first elected in 1990. List includes: Charles Moreland (D), 1991–1995; John Capozzi, Jr. (D), 1995–1997; Sabrina Sojourner (D), 1997–1999; Tom Bryant, Jr. (D), 1999–2001; Ray Browne (D), 2001–2007; Mike Panetta (D), 2007–2013; Nate Bennett-Fleming (D), 2013–2015; and currently, Franklin Garcia (D), from 2015 to present.

The list of US Senators representing the District of Columbia includes: In Senate Seat 1 Florence Pendleton, who served from 1191 to 2007, and Michael D. Brown who was elected in 2007 and still serves in the position.   In Senate Seat 2, Jesse Jackson, who was elected in January 3, 1991 and served until January 3, 1997.  Current U.S. Senator representing the District of Columbia is Paul Strauss who was elected in January 3, 1997 and reelected 1996, 2002, 2008, and 2014.

Congressman Franklin Garcia is working to bring full democracy to more than 650,000 people in our nation’s capital by helping make the District of Columbia the 51st State in the union.

Representative Garcia is the former President and founder of the DC Latino Caucus, and current President of the non-profit DC Latino Leadership Council. He has held key positions in the campaigns of Hillary Clinton, former DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, Dominican President Leonel Fernandez, and other politicians.

Representative Garcia serves on a number of Boards and Committees and served on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Host Committee.

Representative Garcia came from the Dominican Republic to live in Washington, DC with his parents and sister at the age of 10. He attended public school in Montgomery County, Maryland where he graduated from Montgomery Blair High School.

He holds an undergraduate degree in Finance from the George Washington University and a Master of Arts degree in Financial Economics for Public Policy from the American University.

He is the founder of the DCiReporter TV Show, writes for a Spanish language newspaper and is a Huffington Post and Examiner blogger.

He is an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and lives in the Woodrige neighborhood in Ward 5.

U.S. Representative Garcia is an old-time member of The Dominican American National Roundtable, the only national advocacy nonprofit, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Washington, DC, fighting for the socio-economic and political advancement of Dominicans in the United States of America.

Send congratulations to US Congressman Garcia via info@danr.org

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