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Rep. John Garamendi

Representative for California’s 3rd District

pronounced jon // ga-ruh-MEN-dee

Garamendi is the representative for California’s 3rd congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Garamendi’s current term ends on Jan 3, 2021.

He was previously the representative for California’s 10th congressional district as a Democrat from 2009 to 2012.

Rep. John Garamendi is currently voting by proxy under new rules in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since Sep 24, 2020, Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30] will be casting Garamendi’s vote. Under the rules for proxy voting, representatives may designate another representative as their proxy and must give their proxy exact instructions on how to vote.
Photo of Rep. John Garamendi [D-CA3]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 Report Card for Garamendi.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 6, 2015 to Dec 2, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

John Garamendi sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Garamendi was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Garamendi sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Transportation and Public Works (26%) Armed Forces and National Security (18%) Energy (15%) Water Resources Development (12%) International Affairs (9%) Education (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%) Environmental Protection (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Garamendi’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Garamendi voted Aye

Passed 235/171 on Mar 23, 2016.

The United States is experiencing a boom in corporate mergers and acquisitions. Last year was a record year for mergers, both in terms of shear ...

Garamendi voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Garamendi voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Garamendi voted No

Garamendi voted Aye

Garamendi voted Nay

Garamendi voted No

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Missed Votes

From Nov 2009 to Dec 2020, Garamendi missed 283 of 7,072 roll call votes, which is 4.0%. This is worse than the median of 2.3% 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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Primary Sources

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