Garamendi is the representative for California’s 3rd congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Garamendi is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
He was previously the representative for California’s 10th congressional district as a Democrat from 2009 to 2012.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Garamendi.
Garamendi is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Garamendi has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jul 22, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
John Garamendi sits on the following committees:
Garamendi was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 5671 (116th): Merchant Mariners of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2020
- H.R. 357 (116th): Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area Act
- H.R. 5326 (115th): Maritime Technical Corrections Act of 2018
- H.R. 6206 (115th): Coast Guard Blue Technology Center of Expertise Act
- H.R. 3692 (114th): Lake Tahoe Restoration Act of 2015
- H.R. 5793 (111th): Close Foreign Tax Loopholes: Make it in America Act of 2010
Does 6 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Garamendi sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Transportation and Public Works (22%) Armed Forces and National Security (22%) Energy (13%) Water Resources Development (11%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) International Affairs (9%) Environmental Protection (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%)
Some of Garamendi’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4597: To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to make certain projects and ...
- H.R. 4315: To provide for cost-of-living increases for certain Federal benefits programs based on increases ...
- H.R. 4260: ICBM Act
- H.R. 4261: Pipeline Seismic Safety Study Act
- H.R. 4087: To amend the John D. Dingell, Jr., Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act to ...
- H.R. 3340: Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act for Airports
- H.R. 3099: Primary Regulators of Insurance Vote Act of 2021
From Nov 2009 to Jul 2021, Garamendi missed 286 of 7,318 roll call votes, which is 3.9%. This is worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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