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|Birthday = January 24, 1945
|Birthday = January 24, 1945
|Place of birth = Mokelumne Hill, California
|Place of birth = Mokelumne Hill, California
|Net worth = $9,716,505
|Profession = Rancher
|Profession = Rancher
|Religion = Christian
|Religion = Christian

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John Garamendi
John Garamendi.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 3
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 6
President of the Senate, California State Senate
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Lieutenant Governor of California
Insurance Commissioner, State of California
1991-1994, 2002-2006
California State Senate
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Berkeley
Master'sHarvard Business School
Date of birthJanuary 24, 1945
Place of birthMokelumne Hill, California
Net worth$9,716,505
Office website
Campaign website
John Garamendi is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 3rd congressional district. Garamendi was first elected to the House in 2009.

Garamendi won re-election[1] in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 3rd District as a Democrat. He was displaced from his current district by redistricting.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Garamendi is a "moderate Democratic follower".[3]


Born in Mokelumne Hill, California, of Basque descent, Garamendi received a B.A. in business from the University of California, Berkeley, and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He served in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia from 1966 to 1968. Garamendi is an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. Garamendi is also a member of Sigma Chi, as a brother of the Alpha Beta Chapter at Berkeley.[4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Garamendi's academic, professional and political career:[5]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Bonner serves on the following committees:[6]


Garamendi served on the following committees:[7]


Campaign themes


Garamendi's campaign website lists the following issues:[8]

  • Education
Excerpt: " In the halls of Congress and throughout his career, Congressman Garamendi has been a fierce advocate for students and teachers, believing that America's prosperity depends on a well-educated workforce. Garamendi has consistently spoken out against destructive cuts to all levels of education."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "In his first years in office, Congressman John Garamendi has been a recognized leader for the environment in Congress, someone willing to take on the entrenched interests that threaten our economy, national security, and treasured national wonders for short term greed. It's a reputation Garamendi has carried with him after decades of public service."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "One of Congressman Garamendi's first acts in Congress was to pass the Patient's Bill of Rights, sweeping legislation that makes significant progress in preventing the insurance companies from exploiting consumers and greatly expands health care access and services."
  • Jobs
Excerpt: "Since entering Congress November of 2009, Congressman Garamendi has been a leader in promoting policies that create jobs in Northern California and throughout the country. Garamendi understands that it is the responsibility of Congress to invest in transportation, clean technology, education, and research while also extending tax relief for hard working middle class families."
  • Military Affairs and Foreign Relations
Excerpt: "America’s moral authority as the world’s leader of free nations rests on a devotion to human rights and individual liberty for all citizens of all nations."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Garamendi voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[9]



See also: California's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012

Garamendi won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 3rd District as a Democrat.[1] He was displaced from the 10th district district by redistricting. He and Kim Dolbow Vann (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Tony Carlos (R), Eugene Ray (R), and Rick Tubbs (R). They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election.[10][11]

Effect of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in California

Following California's redistricting, Garamendi was displaced from the 10th into the 3rd district.

According to the Washington Post, redistricting has transformed the 3rd district into a swing district. While Garamendi's seat was formerly a safe one, the newly drawn district will be a battleground for Republicans and Democrats fighting for control of the House.[12]


On November 2, 2010, Garamendi won re-election to the United States House. He advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Gary Clift (R) and Jeremy Cloward (Green) in the general election.[13]

U.S. House, California District 10 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Garamendi Incumbent 58.8% 137,578
     Republican Gary Clift 37.9% 88,512
     Green Jeremy Cloward 3.3% 7,716
Total Votes 233,806

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Garamendi's reports.[14]

John Garamendi (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2012$313,178.96$262,183.09$(319,913.79)$255,448.26
Pre-Primary [16]May 25, 2012$255,448.26$133,658.20$(256,849.45)$132,257.01
Running totals

Chamber of commerce spending

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will spend a total of $3.3 million on television advertisements aimed at electing ten California Republican congressional candidates, Democratic sources have told Hotline.[17]

In California's 3rd congressional district, The Chamber will spend $497,000 to elect Kim Dolbow Vann.[17]


Breakdown of the source of Garamendi's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Garamendi won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Garamendi's campaign committee raised a total of $1,764,354 and spent $1,714,971.[18]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Garamendi paid his congressional staff a total of $836,718 in 2011. He ranks 10th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 84th overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranks 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[19]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Garamendi's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $2,363,015 and $17,069,995. That averages to $9,716,505, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 39.84% from 2010.[20]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Garamendi's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,922,009 and $11,974,997. That averages to $6,948,503, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[21]

National Journal vote ratings


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Garamendi ranked 24th in the liberal rankings.[22]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

John Garamendi voted with the Democratic Party 94.1% of the time, which ranked 36 among the 192 House Democratic members as of 2011.[23]

Recent news

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Garamendi is married and has six children. His wife, Patti, ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Congress in 1992 against Republican Richard Pombo.

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. California Democratic Party "Official California Democratic Party Endorsements," Accessed March 3, 2012
  3. Gov Track "Garamendi" Accessed May 22, 2012
  4. Congressman John Garamendi, 10th Congressional District, California "Biography"
  5. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "John Garamendi," Accessed November 2, 2011
  6. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  7. Congressman John Garamendi, 10th Congressional District, California "Committees and Caucuses"
  8. Campaign website, Issues
  9. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  10. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  11. Unofficial election results
  12. Washington Post blog "The 10 House districts that might surprise you," May 11, 2012
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  14. Federal Election Commission "John Garamendi's Summary Report," Accessed July 10, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission "John Garamendi April Quarterly," Accessed July 10, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission "John Garamendi Pre-Primary," Accessed July 10, 2012
  17. 17.0 17.1 National Journal, "Chamber Drops $3.3 Million for California Repubs," September 27, 2012
  18. Open Secrets "John Garamendi 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 2, 2011
  19. LegiStorm "John Garamendi"
  20. OpenSecrets.org, "Garamendi, (D-Cali), 2011"
  21. OpenSecrets.org, "Garamendi, (D-Cali), 2010"
  22. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  23. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Ellen Tauscher
U.S. House of Representatives - California, District 3
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Lieutenant Governor of California
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Insurance Commissioner, State of California
1991-1994, 2002-2006
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Senate
Succeeded by