The Palm Desert Republican announced this week that she will run for the 28th Senate District in the 2014 election, rolling out a list of local GOP endorsements along with word of her candidacy.
The Riverside County-centered district will be up for grabs next year.
Garcia represented the 80th Assembly District, which at the time covered Imperial County and part of Riverside County, from 2002 to 2008.
She was later appointed by GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to a six-figure post on the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. She now runs her own public affairs firm.
Plescia, Garcia land $128K gigs from governor
PHOTO CREDIT: Then Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia, R-Palm Desert, talks during a 2007 legislative briefing inside the state Capitol. Brian Baer / Sacramento Bee file, 2007