Representative John GaramendiRepresentative John Garamendi

Key Information

  • District: California's 3rd
  • Party: Democrat
  • Term: 2012-2014
  • Committees: Committee on Armed Services,Committee on Natural Resources
  • Caucuses: House Democratic Caucus, International Conservation Caucus, Military Families Caucus, Populist Caucus
  • Ally Since: 2012


John Garamendi was elected to the House of Representatives in 2008 in California's 3rd district. John Garamendi joined the U.S. House of Representatives on November 5, 2009. He brings nearly four decades of public service in California and Washington, DC. Currently he serves on the House Armed Services Committee as well as the House Transportation Committee.

Garamendi and his wife started their married life as Peace Corps volunteers teaching and doing community development work in Ethiopia. Patti is now the Assistant Manager at the California Exposition and State Fair and previously served as Assistant Director of the Peace Corps.

In 1995, President Bill Clinton appointed Garamendi as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Interior Department.

One of Garamendi’s passions is a commitment to international service. He led a group of returned Peace Corps volunteers on a peace mission during the Ethiopian-Eritrea war in 1998-2000, helping to negotiate a peace treaty. Garamendi created a similar team that assisted in peace negotiations in the Congo Civil War.

Foreign Policy Views

"My perspective on foreign policy has been shaped by these primary principles. First, 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. Second, diplomacy should always be our first mission in international relations, and ultimately, is almost always the best way to resolve conflicts abroad."

From John Garamendi “On the Issues” – link

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