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Phone: 202-225-1880

Address: 2438 RHOB, DC 20515

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Phone: (707) 438-1822

Address: 609 Jefferson Street, Fairfield CA 94533-6293

Davis CA

Phone: (530) 753-5301

Fax: (530) 753-5614

Address: 412 G Street, Davis CA 95616-4158

Yuba City CA

Phone: (530) 329-8865

Fax: (530) 763-4248

Address: 795 Plumas Street, Yuba City CA 95991-4437

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John Garamendi Biography
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  • Elected: Nov. 2009, 3rd full term.
  • District: California 3
  • Born: Jan. 24, 1945, Mokelumne Hill
  • Home: Walnut Grove
  • Education:

    U of CA-Berkeley, B.A. 1966; Harvard U., M.B.A. 1974

  • Professional Career:

    U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, Ethiopia 1966-68; Deputy Secy., U.S. Dept. of Interior, 1995-98

  • Political Career:

    CA Assembly, 1974-76; CA Senate, 1976-88; CA insurance commissioner, 1991-95, 2002-06; CA lt. gov, 2006-09

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Christian

  • Family: Married (Patti); 6 children

John Garamendi is one of the House’s most politically-seasoned Democrats, with a public service career spanning more than 40 years. A former California lieutenant governor, he won a San Francisco Bay-area House seat in a 2009 special election to replace departing Democratic Rep. Ellen Tauscher and then, in 2012, eked out a close win in the completely redrawn 3rd District. Read More

John Garamendi is one of the House’s most politically-seasoned Democrats, with a public service career spanning more than 40 years. A former California lieutenant governor, he won a San Francisco Bay-area House seat in a 2009 special election to replace departing Democratic Rep. Ellen Tauscher and then, in 2012, eked out a close win in the completely redrawn 3rd District.

Garamendi was raised on his family’s cattle ranch in Calaveras County, Calif. At the University of California, Berkeley, he was an All-American offensive guard in football and was also a competitive wrestler. After graduating, he joined the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, where his wife, Patti, also was a volunteer. The experience launched him on a career in public service. After returning to California, he won his first campaign in 1974 to the state Assembly. In 1976, he was elected to the state Senate, where he eventually became majority leader. During his career, he did two stints as the state’s insurance commissioner and also was President Bill Clinton’s deputy secretary of the Interior. But he ultimately failed twice in his bid to become governor of California. In the 2006 Democratic primary for lieutenant governor, Garamendi narrowly defeated Jackie Speier, who represents the 14th District in the House. He went on to beat Republican Tom McClintock in the general election. Garamendi was planning another run for governor in 2010 when Tauscher resigned her House seat in June 2009 to become Obama’s undersecretary for state for arms control and international security.

In the jockeying before the all-party primary in September, state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier was an early favorite among Democrats and gained endorsements from Tauscher and from Rep. George Miller, a close ally of Democratic House Speaker Pelosi. While DeSaulnier was better known locally, Garamendi had higher name identification from his statewide campaigns, and he also had endorsements from Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore. In the September 1 primary, Garamendi prevailed among Democrats, winning 26% to DeSaulnier’s 18%. But no candidate received the requisite 50%, and Garamendi moved on to a runoff election against Republican attorney David Harmer, who earned the most votes among the Republican candidates.

Harmer had some name recognition as the son of former GOP Lt. Gov. John Harmer, but he otherwise was not well known. He was competitive financially, raising $800,000 to Garamendi’s $1 million. Still, he faced an uphill battle in what was then California’s 10th District, a suburban San Francisco district where Democrats held an 18-percentage-point advantage over Republicans. During the campaign, Garamendi embraced President Barack Obama’s agenda, including support for the public option in the health care legislation. Harmer campaigned in opposition to the president, criticizing the government bailouts of the financial and auto industries. Garamendi won with 53% of the vote to Harmer’s 43%.

In the House, Garamendi got a seat on the Natural Resources Committee and was among the strongest critics of offshore oil drilling in the wake of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, drawing attention for his proposal to bar new federal drilling leases off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington state. In late November 2012, Garamendi switched to the Agriculture Committee, which is a better match for his new, heavily agricultural district, and he was just in time to join negotiations on the farm bill in the lame-duck session. He has been outspoken in opposing Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown’s ambitious plan to build two tunnels to pipe Sierra mountains snowmelt to San Joaquin Valley farms and Southern California cities. He introduced a bill in October 2012 requiring a cost-benefit analysis of the idea. Garamendi succeeded in adding an amendment to the fiscal 2011 defense bill to authorize the Energy Department to create technology transfer centers at Livermore and other national labs.

California’s independent redistricting commission put Garamendi’s residence in the newly redrawn 3rd District, where 77% of voters were new to him, making him ripe for a GOP challenge in 2012. In the June primary, he got nearly 52% of the vote, setting up a general election face-off with Republican Kim Vann, a Colusa County supervisor. Vann sought to appeal to independent voters by refusing to sign the Republicans’ no-tax pledge and by speaking out in favor of popular provisions in President Obama’s health care legislation. She ran a strong campaign and got help from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which spent $600,000 as part of its effort to defeat Golden State Democrats. But Garamendi won with 54%.

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John Garamendi Election Results
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2012 General (Top-Two General)
Garamendi (D)
Votes: 126,882
Percent: 54.23%
Kim Vann (R)
Votes: 107,086
Percent: 45.77%
2012 Primary (Top-Two Primary)
Garamendi (D)
Votes: 59,546
Percent: 51.47%
Kim Vann (R)
Votes: 30,254
Percent: 26.15%
Rick Tubbs
Votes: 17,902
Percent: 15.48%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (59%), 2009 special (52%)
John Garamendi Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 67 (L) : 33 (C) 65 (L) : 35 (C) 89 (L) : 10 (C)
Social 60 (L) : 39 (C) 60 (L) : 40 (C) 80 (L) : - (C)
Foreign 77 (L) : 22 (C) 69 (L) : 30 (C) 88 (L) : - (C)
Composite 68.3 (L) : 31.7 (C) 64.8 (L) : 35.2 (C) 91.2 (L) : 8.8 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC1016
LCV9783
CFG518
ITIC-67
NTU1218
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ACLU-92
ACU020
ADA9065
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
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