Delia Garcia serves as the Cabinet Secretary for the Kansas Department of Labor, confirmed by the Senate on May 3, 2019. Garcia returned to Kansas after serving eight years in executive, senior leadership in the national organizations ReflectUS, National Migrant Seasonal Head Start Association, and the National Education Association in Washington, D.C. In 2004, she was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives, where she served six years and served on the Commerce and Labor Committee at her request. Delia made Kansas history by becoming the first Latina and the youngest female to serve in the Kansas Legislature in 2004. Garcia is utilizing her business, policy, national management, and advocacy expertise to serve hard working Kansans and their families. Garcia presented last year at the Netroots Women's Pre-Conference 2018, and excited to be back with #VoteProChoice. Delia received her Master’s Degree in Political Science, with an emphasis in Public Administration from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wichita State University. She is also a graduate of the Harvard University Executive Leadership Program, the Aspen Executive Leadership Institute and the Kansas Leadership Center. Garcia received numerous recognitions for her leadership and community service, including a permanent exhibition in the State of Kansas Historical Society Museum as the first Latina elected in Kansas. Secretary Garcia was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, and was raised with her four sisters in her family’s Mexican restaurant, which is Kansas’ Oldest Family Owned Mexican Restaurant established in 1963. She is the proud aunt of five nieces and nephews whom all reside in Wichita, and the rest of her family is in Garden City, Kansas and Texas.
Netroots Nation participation
- Netroots Nation 2019