Representative from California; born in Camp Blanding, Clay County, Fla., January 24, 1945; B.A., University of California, Berkeley, Calif., 1966; M.B.A., Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 1970; businessman; rancher; United States Peace Corps, 1966-1968; member of the California state assembly 1974-1976; member of the California state senate 1976-1990; California state insurance commissioner, 1991-1994, 2002-2006; deputy secretary, United States Department of the Interior, 1995-1998; lieutenant governor of California, 2007-2009; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Eleventh Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Ellen Tauscher, and reelected to the four succeeding Congresses (November 3, 2009-present).
John Garamendi is the 46th Lieutenant Governor of California. He brings to the office 34 years of public service. Well into the third year of his term he has made the office a powerful advocate for families and hard working Californians.
He has been a tireless proponent of job creation, vocational and college education, the environment, and health care, while always working to ensure the stability and success of the state he has always called home.
Garamendi, a lifelong rancher, dedicated family man, and longtime public servant, has forged a reputation as a fierce defender of consumers and a visionary, effective leader. He possesses the unique wealth of knowledge and experience necessary to tackle the complex challenges of today’s economy and Washington politics.
Garamendi was raised on his family’s cattle ranch in Mokelumne Hill, California. John graduated with a Bachelors Degree in business from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was an outstanding scholar- athlete, was second-team All-American offensive guard in football, a two-time member of the All-Pacific Coast Conference team, and the 1964 West Coast heavyweight wrestling champion. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.more » « less