U.S. House of Representatives Mike Garcia was first elected to Congress in May 2019 in a special election and then was re-elected in November. He represents the 25th District, which includes northern parts of the San Fernando Valley, along with Palmdale and portions of Lancaster and Simi Valley. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and flew more than 30 combat missions over Iraq. After nearly 20 years of military service, he returned home and began work for the Raytheon Co., where he said he was responsible for generating billions of dollars of revenue and the creation of hundreds of jobs for his company and his district. BEST ADVICE: Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives, from Ronald Reagan. FAVORITE BOOKS: “Founding Brothers” by Joseph Ellis and the Bible. BUCKET LIST: Watching my kids grow up in a secure nation. Driving a Formula 1 car.