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John Garamendi


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-05-1974 Democratic AD-07 60380 Win
11-02-1976 Democratic SD-13 103953 Win
11-04-1980 Democratic SD-13 160490 Win
11-06-1984 Democratic SD-05 176910 Win
11-08-1988 Democratic SD-05 184171 Win
11-06-1990 Democratic Insurance Commissioner 3770717 Win
11-05-2002 Democratic Insurance Commissioner 3346937 Win
11-07-2006 Democratic Lieutenant Governor 4189584 Win
11-03-2009 Democratic CD-10 72817 Win
11-02-2010 Democratic CD-10 137578 Win
11-06-2012 Democratic CD-03 126882 Win
11-04-2014 Democratic CD-03 79224 Win
11-08-2016 Democratic CD-03 152513 Win
11-06-2018 Democratic CD-03 134875 Win
11-03-2020 Democratic CD-03 176043 Win
11-08-2022 Democratic CD-08 145501 Win

Candidate Biography:

John Raymond Garamendi
Born: January 24, 1945 in Mokelumne Hill, CA
Married: Patti Garamendi (in 1965)
Children: Genet, John Jr., Christina, Autumn, Merle, Ashley, Elizabeth

Previous: Peace Corps - Ethiopia
Previous: Director and Vice Chairman, Calaveras Farm Bureau
1980-1985: Majority Leader, California State Senate
1982: Primary Candidate for Governor (Lost; 25.2%)
1986: Primary Candidate for Controller (Lost; 37.8%)
1990: Resigned from the State Senate on September 3.
1994: Primary Candidate for Governor (Lost; 33%)
1995: Deputy Secretary, US Department of the Interior
1998-2001: Member, National Park Foundation Board
1999-Present: Chairman, University of California, Merced Foundation
2003: Candidate for Governor in the Recall Election (entered race on August 7th and withdrew on August 9th)
2009: Early Primary Candidate for Governor in 2010 (Withdrew)
2009: Resigned as Lieutenant Governor on November 3.
2010: Proponent, Proposition 17 [Auto Insurance: Driver's History] (Lost; 47.9%)
2016: Delegate, Democratic National Convention

  • John Jr. was an early candidate for SD-05 in 2008 but withdrew in July 2007. He is now involved in community outreach for the Federal Prison Healthcare Receiver (2009-). John is a 2020 Delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
  • Be Fruitful and Multiply: Garamendi has seven children.
  • Eagle Scout (1960)

Source: California Blue Book (1975)
Source: California Assembly Handbook (1979)