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.
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 Aug 9, 2022. See full analysis methodology.
John Garamendi sits on the following committees:
Garamendi was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 5059: Make It in America Act
- H.R. 104: To authorize the Maritime Administrator to use certain appropriated funds to purchase duplicate medals authorized under Merchant Mariners of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2020, …
- 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. 6206 (115th): Coast Guard Blue Technology Center of Expertise Act
- H.R. 5326 (115th): Maritime Technical Corrections Act of 2018
- H.R. 3692 (114th): Lake Tahoe Restoration Act of 2015
Does 8 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 (28%) Armed Forces and National Security (27%) Water Resources Development (9%) Environmental Protection (8%) Government Operations and Politics (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%) Energy (6%) International Affairs (6%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Garamendi recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 8243: American Port Access Privileges Act of 2022
- H.R. 8205: Defense Access Roads Improvement Act
- H.R. 8158: Base Access Privileges Improvement Act
- H.R. 8033: Bridge Corrosion Prevention and Repair Act
- H.R. 8007: Stop Price Gouging the Military Act
- H.R. 7865: Flood Insurance for Farmers Act of 2022
- H.R. 7379: Military Vehicle Fleet Electrification Act
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Nov 2009 to Jul 2022, Garamendi missed 292 of 7,963 roll call votes, which is 3.7%. 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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