Several Panthers were on hand to welcome freshman U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia to Washington, D.C. The 113th U.S. Congress convened Jan. 3, and South Florida’s Garcia will represent the state’s newly drawn 26th Congressional District, which includes the Florida Keys and southwest Miami-Dade County. Florida’s first Democratic congressman of Hispanic descent, he will sit on the House Judiciary Committee.
FIU’s Washington, D.C., contingent continues to grow. Photo, left to right: Sanjeev Udhnani, FIU D.C. intern; Isabel Martinez; Raul Martinez, Jr., district director for Congressman Garcia; Peter Smith, Social Security Administration; Andy Diaz, U.S. Department of Commerce; Darren Martin, White House. Middle row, left to right: LaEbony Livingston, State Department intern; Jacob Mathai, Presidential Inaugural Commission; Liana Smith, Baltimore school teacher; Carlos Becerra, director, FIU Federal Relations. Front row, left to right: Congressman Joe Garcia; Kate Yglesias Houghton, Democratic National Committee.