Take Five: Mike Garcia

Rep. Mike Garcia likes to keep a picture of his old office on the wall of his current office. An F-18 Super Hornet in flight streams across an orange sky. Before he became a congressman in a special election last year, the California Republican flew jets over Iraq. He carried his combat memories from 2003 over into his campaign — and even borrowed heavily from the 1986 movie “Top Gun” for his stars-and-stripes logo. “We never played volleyball with our shirts off together in jeans,” but otherwise, the movie pretty much nailed it, Garcia said in an interview earlier this summer. He talked with CQ Roll Call about UFO sightings, his “old-school camcorder” and what it’s like to serve in Congress with a former wingman. This interview has been edited and condensed. Q: How would you compare being on an aircraft carrier to being in Congress?  A: Remarkably dissimilar environments. But the common denominator is that you really have to be patient and professional. You’ve got to remain cool under fire. When I was an F-18 pilot, the U.S. government entrusted me to fly an $80 million aircraft that could carry up to 20,000 pounds of ordnance during combat operations…

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Take Five: Mike Garcia

Updated: September 17, 2021 — 10:27 am