Peter J. Garcia was elected to Division "D" of the Twenty-Second Judicial District Court for the Parishes of St. Tammany and Washington in the fall of 1996 and re-elected without opposition in the Fall of 2002, and again in 2008.
Judge Garcia, 55, has lived in St. Tammany Parish most of his life. His is married to Linda Pfister of Madisonville, and they have four children, Meghan, Katharine, Melanie and John, and one grandson, Grayson.
Judge Garcia attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and New Orleans and received his Juris Doctor from LSU in 1979. While in private practice, he was City Attorney and Magistrate for the City of Covington from 1991 through 1996. He was a former Assistant District Attorney for the Parishes of St. Tammany and Washington, former Law Clerk for the 22nd Judicial District, Law Clerk for the Louisiana District Judges Association and Law Clerk for the Louisiana Legislative Council.
Judge Garcia is a past president of both the St. Tammany Bar Association and the Covington Bar Association. He was admitted to the United States Supreme Court Bar in 1983 and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in 1980.
He is a past president of the St. Tammany Humane Society, a member of the St. Tammany Parish Art Association, and a past member of the St. Peter Parish School Board, Habitat for Humanity, St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce and Folsom Road Regional Civic Association. Judge Garcia is a founder and first president of the 22nd Judicial District Inn of Court.
Judge Garcia started one of the first drug courts in the State of Louisiana in 1998. In 2002, the 22nd Judicial District Court Drug Court was named by the U.S. Justice Department one of 16 mentor courts in the country to train courts across the country in the implementation of drug courts. Since its inception, this drug court has brought over $6 million to St. Tammany and Washington Parishes for drug prevention and treatment.
Judge Garcia continues a family tradition of public service. His grandfather, Judge Joseph Lancaster, was the 24th judge of the same district from 1912 to 1916 and died in a hotel in Franklinton after a court term in Washington Parish. His great-great-grandfather Gen. David Morgan was president of the St. Tammany Parish Police Jury in 1830.