Commissioner Elba Garcia is recognized as a distinguished leader who strives for better community services and demonstrates more transparency in our government. Commissioner Garcia pursues issues with tenacity and expects her constituents to receive solid responses. Her quest for knowledge and problem solving are the elements that make her noted amongst her constituents.
Born and educated in Mexico City, Dr. Garcia earned her Doctorate in Odontology from Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in 1984. She later immigrated to the United States, where she continued her education at Baylor College of Dentistry, earning her Doctorate in Dental Surgery (DDS) in 1990. She is a small business owner having run her own private practice since 1998. She is married to former state representative Domingo Garcia. They are the proud parents of two sons.
Dr. Garcia has always dedicated herself to community service leading to her public office career beginning in 2001 when she was elected to the Dallas City Council. Aside from representing District 1, she served on numerous committees and task forces, including Chair of the City of Dallas Domestic Violence Task Force and the Chair of Public Safety, where she spearheaded efforts that led to a record reduction in crime rates for the City of Dallas. She was also chosen unanimously, by her colleagues, to serve as Mayor Pro Tem and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem.
In addition to her service in District 4, Dr. Garcia bears a myriad of other public service responsibilities. She is a current or past member of the Duncanville Chamber of Commerce, the Cedar Hill Chamber of Commerce, the Grand Prairie Rotary Club, Irving Women’s Network, Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Summit, Hispanic 100, Dallas Assembly, Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, Oak Cliff Lions Club, and St. Cecilia’s Catholic Women. She is also a previous board member of Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as well as the Board of Directors of the Salvation Army. Dr. Garcia also served as an assistant professor at the Baylor College of Dentistry.
She was elected to serve as Dallas County Commissioner by the citizens of District 4 in November 2010, becoming the first Latina ever to serve on the Dallas County Commissioner’s Court.
Commissioner Garcia's Committees
• Dallas County
Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB) (Chair)
• Bail Bond Task Force
• DWI Task Force
• Civil Service
• North Texas
Behavioral Health Advisory (Member)
• Greater Dallas
Homeless Policy Alliance (Member)
• Public Employee
Benefits Cooperative (PEBC) (Member)
• Dallas County
Benefits Committee (Member)
Transportation Committee (Alternate)
Preparedness Planning Council (Alternate)