I'm Ben Garcia III, a third generation warrior and proud patriot. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve my country in the armed services and it will be an honor and a privilege to serve you in Washington D.C. as your Representative from the 4th District.
When I retired from the U.S. Army, my service to the community did not end there. I Understand today's challenges affecting our country. The United States must be the shining light and beacon of freedom for the World. This office will allow me to serve our 4th Congressional District with humility for the benefit of "We the People"!
In 1996, I joined the Washington State National Guard seeking financial opportunity and the ability to pursue my education. A young adult, who was now in Boot Camp in Fort Knox, Kentucky, I learned a lot about myself and my passion to serve my country and protect our freedoms grew. I graduated Boot Camp with honors, and after September 11th, I withdrew from Central Washington University, left my family and friends to do my part to protect our country against terrorism
I was born and raised in Yakima Valley, graduating from Sunnyside High School in 1990 with endless possibilities in mind. I give thanks to my parents who raided me with the belief that anything is possible with hard work. As the son of blue collar workers, I learned at a young age, that I must learn how to balance my family responsibilities while still pursuing my personal goals. As a young adult, I worked various jobs in construction and agriculture to help contribute to my family, while still pursuing my degree, and balancing my commitment as a student athlete at Yakima Valley Community College. In addition to learning the value of hard work, I began to understand justice, civil rights, and the value of community through some impactful moments in my life. Baseball Coach, Bob Garretson, taught me "It is better to win as a team; than be an All-Star for a losing team". I was supported by a community of peers and voted Ebony Senate Representative. My commitment to the diverse members of our community remains strong.