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American politician and the U.S. Representative for California's 3rd congressional district - member of the Democratic Party.
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ENG: John Raymond Garamendi (born January 24, 1945) is an American politician and the U.S. Representative for California's 3rd congressional district. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Garamendi was the California State Insurance Commissioner from 1991 to 1995, the U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior from 1995 to 1998, and the California State Insurance Commissioner again from 2003 to 2007. He then served as the 46th Lieutenant Governor of California from January 8, 2007 until he was elected to Congress in November 2009. Garamendi was temporarily a candidate for Governor of California in the 2010 election after announcing his candidacy on July 31, 2008. However, he suspended his candidacy on April 29, 2009, to run for Congress in the 10th congressional district. This seat was ...
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Garamendi urges Senate to pass home lending reform

Few places in the country have been harder hit by the housing crisis than western Contra Costa County. That is where Congressman John Garamendi, D-Walnut Creek, was Tuesday, urging the Senate to pass comprehensive home lending reform. Carmela and Troy Hess worry they will lose their Concord home unless they can reach an agreement with the bank to keep it. Troy is a disabled firefighter and paramedic injured rescuing people from a burning building in Oakland in 2004. "I blew out my right knee, my right hip, and my lower back," said Troy. "And that was pretty much the end of my ...

Garamendi: I’ll run to represent new district

The ink’s not yet dry on new congressional district maps, but Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, has announced he’s ready to represent Davis. If the California Citizens Redistricting Committee votes Aug. 15 to approve its final maps, the new 3rd Congressional District would include all or portions of Yolo, Solano, Sacramento, Lake, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter and Yuba counties. “This is a district composed of industrious farmers, entrepreneurs, businesses, two of the finest Air Force bases in America, one of the greatest universities in the world at UC Davis and two outstanding ...

Garamendi and His Daughter Received Degrees from University

The Congressman was honored with a degree of Doctor of Humane Letters and daughter, Elizabeth, received a medical degree Congressman John Garamendi delivered the keynote address at Ross University's graduation for the School of Medicine and the School of Veterinary Medicine June 10 at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ. His daughter, Elizabeth, was among the graduates who received their medical degrees. The Congressmanwas honored witha degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. ... Source: reuters.com

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New Proposed Legislation To Help 10,000 State National Guards Repay Reenlistment Bonuses
New legislation is in the works to help 10,000 California National Guard soldiers from having to repay reenlistment bonuses as they marched off to war. Capt. Christopher Van Meter from Manteca —a purple heart recipient— left the guard after 21 years and was wounded in Iraq. Van Meter received $46,000 in reenlistment bonuses and student loan repayments which the Pentagon said he had to pay back within 36 months. “You’re frustrated and you’re angry literally like a punch to the gut,” Van Meter says. “It was nearly $1,300 a month that we were paying and that was way too much for my young family. We ended up having to refinance our home and we buried it into our mortgage.” Two bills in Congress, proposed Congressmen Jeff Denham and John Garamendi, would eliminate the debt, block those repayments and reimburse with interest the soldiers who have already paid back. "We’re excited about the legislation coming forward," Van Meter says. "There’s no guarantee in anything. A
Congressman Garamendi Signs NDAA Conference Report to Permanently Protect California National Guardsmen from Bonus Clawbacks
WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Yuba City, Davis, CA), a core conferee for the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), signed the NDAA Conference Report that would protect nearly 10,000 current and former California National Guardsmen from attempts by the Department of Defense to reclaim the bonuses and incentives they were paid upon enlisting or reenlisting during our nation’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The report must now be adopted by both chambers of Congress before being presented to President Obama for his signature. Under this provision, Guardsmen’s debts will be waived and any money they’ve already paid back will be returned to them unless the Department can definitively prove that a service member fraudulently took an incentive they knew they were not eligible for. This language will also ensure that the Department of Defense conducts its previously announced review process in a manner that is as fair as possible to
Congressman Garamendi Champions “Make It In America” for the California High Speed Rail Program
WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City), together with Reps. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) and Doris Matsui (D-CA), praised the California High-Speed Rail Authority for the withdrawal of its request for Buy America waivers for component parts of its high-speed rail trains. The Authority had requested a waiver to allow the use of foreign components and foreign-sourced steel on up to 70 train sets. After extensive conversations with Congressman Garamendi, the Authority chose not to seek any exemptions to Buy America requirements. Garamendi thanked Chairman Dan Richard for immediately responding to his concerns and taking the leadership necessary to reverse the Authority’s request for a waiver. “Following my conversation with the authority, they made the right decision to withdraw the Buy America waiver request and renew their commitment to maximum American-made content in all their projects, including the high-speed trainsets,” said Congressman Garam
Garamendi discusses President-Elect Trump's incoming cabinet on CNN
Garamendi discusses Trump's cabinet appointments on CNN's evening program "The situation Room: November 25, 2016

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