Marilinda Garcia, State Representative and candidate for Congress in New Hampshire's Second Congressional District, is a new generation conservative committed to reducing the size, scope and cost of the federal government by putting power and decision-making into the hands of New Hampshire and her citizens. She is committed to reform and American economic renewal through an agenda that includes ending deficit spending, reining in job-killing regulation, lowering and flattening tax rates, and replacing Obamacare with bottom-up, consumer-driven solutions.
In the past few legislative sessions she has sponsored legislation related to economic development in health care and the innovation industry, regulatory and agency reform, and women's health issues.
Ms. Garcia was the prime sponsor of "New Hampshire Innovation Job Growth Program" bill, which enables the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority to facilitate the acquisition of early stage seed capital for NH entrepreneurs.
In the 2012 session she was the prime sponsor of "Destination Specialty Treatment Center" bill that would reform the current antiquated regulatory environment of hospital construction and equipment purchasing and enable the development of NH's specialty health care sector.
Most recently, Ms Garcia was the prime sponsor of a bill to restructure upper management of the New Hampshire Liquor Commission, and the "Price Transparency Act" relative to medical care pricing transparency for self-pay patients and the uninsured.
Ms. Garcia was elected to the NH Union Leader's special edition "40 under Forty" honors program for the state of New Hampshire, received the National Foundation for Women Legislator's "Integrative Healthcare Pioneer Award" and the Disruptivate! "Innovation in Healthcare" Award. She also was honored as one of the Republican Security Council's "45 Most Influential Women Under 45," was designated a "Rising Star" in the Republican National Committee's inaugural national outreach program, and received the Hildegard Behrens Foundation "Young Artist Humanitarian Award."
Born of an Italian-American mother and Spanish-American father, Marilinda has been published and/or featured in the Latino Futures, LATINO, Latino Leaders and Townhall magazines, as well as NBC and FoxNews Latino.
Ms. Garcia earned her B.A., cum laude, from Tufts University in 2006 and concurrently completed a B.M. with Academic Honors and Distinction in Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. In 2010 she graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where she received a Master of Public Policy and was the recipient of a full tuition Public Service Fellowship.
Ms. Garcia worked for three years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused/neglected children at the District Court in Salem, NH. She has also volunteered as a mentor, panelist and faculty-in-residence for young undergraduate women at St. Anselm's College through the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and the Women's Leadership Institute and has worked with the Vesta Roy Excellence in Leadership Series which trains Republican women for political leadership. Ms. Garcia has been a guest speaker at RNC events for promising young Republicans and women's leadership, the first annual GOPAC Hispanic Leadership Training Institute, and the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at Harvard University among many others.
Ms. Garcia has served as NE Regional Director for the National Foundation of Women Legislators, and on the Advisory Board of GOPAC Legislative Leaders, the Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs, the Board of Directors for the Chairman's Leadership Forum, and on the Artistic Advisory Board for the Young Rescuers USA program, and the American Council of Young Political Leaders. She has also previously served on the National Advisory Board of "Young Americans for Mitt Romney,"
Ms. Garcia serves on the Executive Board of the Future Majority Caucus, a group committed to assisting conservative women, African Americans, and Americans of Hispanic and Asian descent in obtaining political office, and on the Executive Board of Americans by Choice, a group dedicated to elevating the discussion about immigration reform.
Ms. Garcia has been adjunct faculty Harp Professor at Phillips Exeter Academy and St. Paul's School in NH, and at Gordon College in Wenham, MA. In addition, she has traveled extensively as a Cultural Ambassador for the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA). Hosted by embassies and government institutions, YOA conducted community outreach programs and concertized in approximately 15 modern and developing countries across the Americas and Europe during Ms. Garcia's tenure with the orchestra.
Ms. Garcia has professional experience working in development and an advisory capacity for a cyber-security firm, in higher education consulting, and in executive development partnering educational institutions, UN agencies and other private and non-profit organizations in the creation of a bi-national Haitian/Dominican youth orchestra foundation.