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Interview With Sylvia Garcia
from the GuidryNews.com Archives
Sunday, June 16, 2002

photos by Lynda Guidry My interview is with Sylvia Garcia, Houston City Controller.  Listen

She is the second-highest City elected official, and serves as the City’s Chief Financial Officer.  Prior to becoming the City Controller in 1998, Sylvia served as the Director and Presiding Judge of the Houston Municipal Court System, worked as an attorney for the Gulf Coast Legal Foundation, served on the City’s first Appraisal Review Board, served as an administrative law judge for the Equal Employment Commission and headed her own law firm.

Controller Garcia is the eighth of 10 children and grew up in the South Texas farming community of Palito Blanco.  She attended Texas Woman’s University on a scholarship, graduating with a degree in social work.  She attended law school since she believed she would be able to help more people with a law degree.  She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University.  Her background and skills makes her a strong and powerful role model for the Hispanic community.  Controller Garcia’s belief in public service is the motivating factor in running for County Commissioner, Precinct Two, in the November election.

Controller Garcia believes in giving back to the community.  She is very active in the Houston community and has served on more than 25 boards and commissions.  Both community leaders and the media have honored her throughout her career.  She was named “Humanitarian of the Year” by the national Conference of Communities and Justice, and was chosen as one of “Houston’s 25 Power People” by Inside Magazine. She was  recently honored with the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents Woman of Distinction Award. 

As you will see from this interview, Sylvia Garcia is a very caring and committed woman and her belief in service is very strong.  She is definitely an outstanding role model for every woman, and the perfect choice for a “Women of Excellence” interview.




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