LULAC National President Domingo Garcia
Mr. Garcia’s life is that of a self-made success and public service spanning decades of hard work and sacrifice, a son born of Mexican immigrants who earned his way from shoeshine boy to the Statehouse of Texas as an elected lawmaker. From newspaper boy, he rose to become one of Texas’ most visible newsmakers, as the youngest Mayor Pro-Tem of Dallas, one of America’s top 10 cities. From a busboy who dreamed of his own future, he went on to protect America’s Dreamers as author of Texas’ laws, the first in the nation to protect immigrant students, after receiving his B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Texas in 1980 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas in 1983. From a young man who grew up listening to his parents’ stories about life in Mexico, he went on to win a scholarship to study at the El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City where he earned a Masters degree in International Relations. Indeed, the depth and breadth of his life have enabled Domingo to also serve as an editorial columnist and broadcast commentator as well as a highly-successful trial lawyer for thirty years.
Mr. Garcia has led an active civic, legal and political career. He was born in Midland, Texas and grew up in Dallas, Texas. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Texas in 1980. In 1983, he obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. In 1982 he won a scholarship to study at the El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City and obtained a Masters diploma in International Relations. Domingo Garcia is a former Mayor Pro Tem for the city of Dallas and State Representative for Texas. In addition, he has been an editorial columnist/TV commentator and a successful trial lawyer for thirty years.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Garcia worked as an intern in the District Attorney’s office in Houston, Texas. In 1983 he established his own law firm, The Law Office of Domingo Garcia in Dallas, Texas. He has tried numerous criminal and civil cases. Currently, he primarily focuses his practice on personal injury, wrongful death, employment law and governmental relations cases.
In 1995, Mr. Garcia won a 1.1 million dollar verdict for a man who had been hit by a drunk driver. He has won numerous settlements and verdicts in excess of millions of dollars. In 2004, he obtained a SIX MILLION DOLLARS ($6,000,000.00) settlement, one of the largest of its kind in the country, in the case of Esperanza Alvarado, a 14 year old girl who was electrocuted in an apartment swimming pool. For more information, check out our results page. In 2014, Mr. Garcia obtained over $39,000,000.00 in verdicts and settlements for his clients. He has won multiple high profile cases (see results). In 2014 in Carroll vs. Odom he with his partner won a 5.7 million verdict for car accident.
He is a member of the American Association of Justice, State Bar of Texas, and the Northern, Southern and Western Federal Courts of Texas. In addition, ever since Mr. Garcia started practicing law, he has donated his time and talents to a legal clinics in Dallas to provide legal services to the poor.
Mr. Garcia believes that public service is the duty and responsibility of every American. He has served as a precinct chairman, campaign volunteer and voter registrar.
In 1988 Mr. Garcia was elected to the National Democratic Committee where he served for eight years. He was on the executive committee and was chairperson of the Latino caucus. In 1991, he was pro-active in the political fight to create single-member districts in Dallas. He ran for the Dallas City Council, was elected, and served from 1991 to 1995. In 1993, Mr. Garcia became the first Latino ever elected Mayor Pro Tem for the city of Dallas.
In 1996, he ran for the Texas legislature and was elected. He served in the Texas Legislature from 1996 to 2002. As a representative, he served on the criminal jurisprudence and Judicial Affairs Committees. He co-authored HB 1403 which became known as the Texas Dream act which provided in-state tuition to any graduate from any Texas high school.
On April 9, 2006, Domingo was the key leader and organizer of the largest march in Texas history, when over 500,000 people gathered in downtown Dallas to support comprehensive immigration reform. He continues to be active in community and Democratic party politics.
Mr. Garcia served as a weekly editorial writer for the Dallas Times Herald where he wrote on current events and Latino issues. He is currently an editorial writer for Al Dia, Dallas’ largest Spanish newspaper. He current lt is also a weekly political commentator on “Inside Texas Politics”on ABC ch.8. He has been quoted in numerous national papers such as the New York Times, The Washington Post, the San Francisco Examiner, and the Associated Press. He is a regular guest on local, state and national radio and television shows and has appeared on Bill O’Riley,Geraldo Rivera, amoung many others.