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The Peruvian Robert García wins in California and will be the first LGBT immigrant in the US Congress.

Peruvian Robert Garcia, current Democratic mayor of Long Beach, Californiawill be the first LGBTQ immigrant to serve in Congress from USA after winning a seat for the House of Representatives in the elections on Tuesday, November 8, according to a projection by the AP agency.

Robert Garcia prevailed in the race to represent California for the District 42 in the United States Congress.

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“Hello everyone, my name is Robert García and we are going to Congress,” he wrote on his Twitter account.

With 37,855 votes, representing 67.8%, Democrat Robert García won to his Republican opponent, John Briscoe, who obtained 17,946 votes, representing 32.2%. According to the Secretary of State for California, 100% of the votes have already been counted. The official results will be certified before December 16, 2022, the Univisión network announced.

Born in Peru, Robert García’s mother emigrated with him to the United States when he was 5 years oldaccording to NBC Los Angeles.

According to his campaign website, Garcia’s proudest moment was when he became a United States citizen and that was a boost to enter public service.

In the past, Robert Garcia became the first gay mayor in the history of Long Beach.

The Democratic politician lost his parents during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Losing my mom and stepdad to COVID has been horrible,” said Garcia to NBC Los Angeles in an interview in 2021. “I think for me it became much more serious and personal, I didn’t want anyone else in our community. go through what I went through.”

For this reason, during the public health crisis, he worked to bring health coverage with access to Covid-19 tests for all and rapid vaccination for the most vulnerable people in his city, indicates Univisión.

as mayor, Garcia ensures that Long Beach grew economically and increased “opportunities for its residents.”

In a photo posted on his Twitter account, Garcia honored his mother. “Mom we made it,” he wrote alongside a photo of him as a child with her.

Robert Garcia she is married to the teacher from California State University Matthew Mendez Garcia.

“Hispanics are a community that loves our families, and that includes trans and LGBTQ people, but we must understand that if the Republicans win more seats in Congress, they will have more power to take away the rights of women and homosexuals” Garcia said. in an interview with Telemundo. “And that is not what we want for this great country that must always get ahead.”

Source: Elcomercio

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