Congressman Adriano Espaillat Statement on the Passing of Former Congressman Robert “Bob” Garcia of New York

January 27, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U. S. Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement on the passing of former Representative Robert “Bob” Garcia of New York:

“I was deeply saddened upon hearing the news of the passing of my dear friend, Congressman Robert “Bob” Garcia. 

“He was born in Bronx, New York, to immigrant parents and served in New York politics for more than a decade before coming to Congress where he represented South Bronx in the U.S. House of Representatives.  A dedicated public servant and a champion of civic engagement and equal rights, Congressman Garcia worked tirelessly in elected office on behalf of New Yorkers and was an advocate for equality and equitable treatment for all people.  He was a founding member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and was a champion of civil rights.  He notably worked with members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to establish legislation that created the national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Congressman Garcia made a significant impact to our community and was a pioneer for Hispanics in the political arena.  I extend my heartfelt condolences and prayers to his wife, Jane Lee, and the entire Garcia family.  May God continue to bless them during this time of bereavement.”

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