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NESTOR R. GARCIA, was born on Feb. 13, 1957 (also his late motherís birthday), and currently serves as one of nine members on the Honolulu City Council.  He was officially sworn into office on January 2, 2003 and was re-elected to a four-year term in 2008.  Garcia served as chair and presiding officer of the Honolulu City Council from December 2010 until he voluntarily stepped down on June 27, 2011. 


During his nearly nine years on the Council, he has served in several key positions during his tenure on the Council, including chair of the Budget Committee, Parks Committee, Planning Committee, and Transportation Committee.  He has also served as a member of the Public Infrastructure and Executive Matters & Legal Affairs committees.


During his tenure as Chair of the Transportation committee, he also served alternately, as Chair and Vice Chair of the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OMPO), a quasi-federal agency that oversees federally funded transportation projects and is a past chair of the organization.



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Prior to his election to the Council, Garcia served four terms in the State House of Representatives and was a member of the majority leadership team Ė as a co-Whip for the majority caucus.  


With respect to House standing committees, Garcia served as the chairman of the Public Safety & Military Affairs Committee, with jurisdiction over the state prison and parole system, and oversaw matters of interest and concern between the state and the U.S. armed forces.  Garcia was also vice-chairman of the Labor Committee, and served as a member of the Education Committee, Higher Education Committee, and the Transportation Committee.


Garcia remains very active in the community and has served the Leeward YMCA, the Oahu Chapter of the Friends of the Childrenís Advocacy Centers, the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii, and Hina Mauka.


He is a present or past member of the Waipahu Business Association, the Waipahu Community Association, the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, and the Hans LíOrange Baseball Park Council in Waipahu. 






He was elected President of the Hawaii State Association of Counties (HSAC) for 2008-09, an organization comprising all four counties of the State of Hawaii and which advocates on behalf of the counties and represents Hawaiiís counties in national organizations such as the National Association of Counties (NACo) and its Western Interstate Region.  For the 2009-10 term, he served as HSAC Vice President.


From July 2010 to July 2011, Garcia served on the Board of Directors of NACo as a Presidentís appointee and co-chaired NACoís International Economic Development Task Force.  He conceived and guided the planning of the 2011 Counties of Hawaii:  Sister-Cities Summit.


Garcia received his bachelorís degree in Journalism from the University of Hawaii in 1980.  While he was earning his degree, he worked part-time as a newsroom assistant for the former NBC (now FOX) affiliate in Honolulu, KHON -TV.  Nestor became an on-camera reporter for KHON in 1981, a station that went on to become No. 1 in its market for news and programming.  He is most recognized from the work he did as an on-camera investigative reporter for KHON from 1981-1991.


In 1991, Nestor left KHON to join the staff of Hawaii's senior U.S. Senator, Daniel K. Inouye, as his press secretary.  It was in this capacity that Nestor realized the importance of doing all you can to help people in need, and fueled his desire to become a public servant to do more for the people of Hawaii. 


Last Reviewed: Tuesday, July 12, 2011