Garcia named director of legislative affairs (Clarksburg Exponent)
FAIRMONT — Dreams do come true. Through hard work and dedication, it’s always possible to turn a lifelong dream in to reality, and Fairmont native Joey Garcia is living proof of just that.
Kids often change their minds multiple times when it comes to what they want to be when they grow up. But Garcia was not one of those kids. Over the years, he has always had one goal in mind.
As a kid, Garcia always knew he wanted to have a job in which he could be involved in public service. He had many role models throughout the years, but none was more important to him than his own family.
Garcia’s grandfather was on the city council when Garcia was just a child, and ever since then he has considered his grandfather his leading role model.
Now the dream has finally come true.
Effective on Nov. 1, Garcia was promoted to a new position within Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s office. Garcia’s new title will now be director of legislative affairs.
Garcia will be working as a liaison from the governor’s office to the West Virginia legislature. He will work with 100 members of the House of Delegates and 34 senators.
Garcia almost can’t believe his dream is coming true right in front of his very own eyes.
“My grandpa (Manuel Garcia) was on city council. Public service is in our blood,” said Garcia. “Working in the governor’s office, working on everyday issues to help the state of West Virginia go forward is something I always wanted to do.”
With his new position, Garcia will work toward passing the governor’s legislative agenda. He will communicate with many legislators and stakeholders with the main goal being to move the state forward.
“My favorite part will be working with the governor and trying to do my best to ensure what goes on during the legislative session, and policies (that are) passed reflect the governor’s values,” said Garcia.
But Garcia is no stranger to working in the governor’s office. He has worked for the governor for two years serving as deputy general council, where he worked under Peter Markham and handled legal issues.
“This to me is a dream job. As deputy general council, we drafted a lot of legislation, and that was my favorite part of that job,” said Garcia.
Being from West Virginia, he said this state means a lot to him. He is a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School, as well as West Virginia University, where he completed his undergraduate degree as a history major and then completed law school in 2009.
“I am humbled to be in the position where I can try my best, and I believe in the governor’s vision,” said Garcia. “Anything I can do to make (his) vision reality (is my honor).”
Garcia said he is thrilled to work with Governor Tomblin because Tomblin is truly someone Garcia looks up to and respects.
“I have so much respect for him and what he does for West Virginia, and I’m lucky to be a part of it,” he said.
Garcia wants to work as hard as he can to make the state a better place for the working people in West Virginia. The drive to succeed is a part of his personality and makes him want to work even harder to succeed.
“Good things happen when you have a passion and work hard to make those things happen,” said Garcia.
It’s important to Garcia to love his work. He feels fortunate to be able to wake up each and every day, and absolutely love what he does for a living.
“There is no better job,” said Garcia. “This is my dream job.”
As proud as Garcia is of his newest accomplishment, he is the most proud that his grandfather, the man he has looked up to his entire life, is able to sit back and watch his grandson’s dream come true.