|U.S. House, California, District 10|
|January 3, 2013|
|Years in position||5|
|President of the Senate, California State Senate|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 3, 2009|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
|Lieutenant Governor of California|
|Insurance Commissioner, State of California|
|California State Senate|
|Bachelor's||University of California, Berkeley|
|Master's||Harvard Business School|
|Birthday||January 24, 1945|
|Place of birth||Mokelumne Hill, California|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 Personal
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Garamendi's academic, professional and political career:
- 2009-Present: U.S. House of Representatives, California's 10th congressional district
- 2007-2009: Lieutenant Governor of California
- 1995-1998: Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior
- 1991-1994, 2002-2006: California State Insurance Commissioner
- 1976-1990: California State Senate
- 1974-1976: California State Assembly
- 1966-1968: Peace Corps
Garamendi serves on the following committees:
- Armed Services Committee
- Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
- Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
- Natural Resources Committee
- Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands
- Subcommittee on Water and Power
Garamendi's campaign website lists the following issues:
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
Garamendi won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 3rd District as a Democrat. He was displaced from his current district, the 10th 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.
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.
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.
|U.S. House, California District 10 General Election, 2010|
|Democratic||John Garamendi Incumbent||58.8%||137,578|
|John Garamendi (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2012||$313,178.96||$262,183.09||$(319,913.79)||$255,448.26|
|Pre-Primary ||May 25, 2012||$255,448.26||$133,658.20||$(256,849.45)||$132,257.01|
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.
His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:
|U.S. House, California District 10, 2010 - John Garamendi Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$36,670|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$36,669|
|Top contributors to John Garamendi's campaign committee|
|Operating Engineers Union||$20,500|
|Carpenters & Joiners Union||$20,000|
|Communications Workers of America||$20,000|
|Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$20,000|
|Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union||$20,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Building Trade Unions||$91,500|
|Public Sector Unions||$77,750|
Congressional Staff Salaries
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.
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.
Percentage voting with party
John Garamendi voted with the Democratic Party 94.1% of the time, which ranked 36 among the 192 House Democratic members as of 2011.
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- CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
- California Democratic Party "Official California Democratic Party Endorsements," Accessed March 3, 2012
- Gov Track "Garamendi" Accessed May 22, 2012
- Congressman John Garamendi, 10th Congressional District, California "Biography"
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "John Garamendi," Accessed November 2, 2011
- Congressman John Garamendi, 10th Congressional District, California "Committees and Caucuses"
- Campaign website, Issues
- California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
- Unofficial election results
- Washington Post blog "The 10 House districts that might surprise you," May 11, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- Federal Election Commission "John Garamendi's Summary Report," Accessed July 10, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "John Garamendi April Quarterly," Accessed July 10, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "John Garamendi Pre-Primary," Accessed July 10, 2012
- National Journal, "Chamber Drops $3.3 Million for California Repubs," September 27, 2012
- Open Secrets "John Garamendi 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 2, 2011
- LegiStorm "John Garamendi"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Garamendi, (D-Cali), 2010"
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
|U.S. House of Representatives - California, District 10
| Succeeded by|
|Lieutenant Governor of California
| Succeeded by|
|Insurance Commissioner, State of California
| Succeeded by|
|California State Senate
| Succeeded by|