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Salem's Rep. Garcia named Republican rising star
Rep. Marilinda Garcia, R-Salem, was named a Republican National Committee Rising Star this month. (APRIL GUILMET/Union Leader Correspondent)
Last week, she was named a Republican National Committee Rising Star.
"I was working part time and wanted to get involved with a campaign for the upcoming November election," the Salem resident said Friday. "But until that point, I had only thought about working on someone else's campaign."
"I figured I could handle the rudimentary aspects of campaigning. I did a lot of door-knocking," she said with a laugh. "Fortunately, New Hampshire is a citizen legislature and running a campaign costs a fairly modest amount. So fundraising isn't a huge impediment to attaining public office."
The Harvard- and Tufts-educated daughter of an Italian-American mother and Spanish-American father, Garcia currently serves on the House Finance Committee and previously served on the committees of finance, children and family law, election law and legislative administration, was a co-chairman of a House caucus and a majority whip.
Aimed at promoting Republicans who give fresh voices to the party, the new Rising Star program gives those selected the chance to share their perspectives.
This term, Garcia said, she's been working on a bill relative to medical care price transparency. "It's being worked on by a Health and Human Services subcommittee over the summer, and I hope something positive will result from that," she said. "It would be wonderful if our state could be a leader in ensuring that health care consumers know what they are paying for and hopefully have value tied to each dollar."
Those challenges include "underemployment and unemployment, ever-increasing taxes, uncertainties surrounding problems with the Affordable Health Care Act and Medicaid expansion, the breakdown of the family structure and brain drain, to name a few."
Garcia has worked as a court appointed special advocate for abused/neglected children and as an adjunct music professor at Phillips Exeter Academy, St. Paul's School and Gordon College, among other things. She serves on the Executive Board of Americans by Choice, a group dedicated to immigration reform.
Whatever the future brings, she's hoping her path will remain in New Hampshire.
An accomplished harp player who studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, Garcia encouraged other young people not to shy away from their dreams but to always remain humble.
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