John Garamendi is a Representative from California. Born in Camp Blanding, FL, in 1945, he earned his B.A. from the University of California in 1966 and his M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1970.
He has been a businessman and rancher, and served in the United States Peace Corps from 1966-1968. He was a member of the California state assembly from 1974-1976 and a member of the California state senate from 1976-1990.
He was also California state insurance commissioner, 1991-1994, 2002-2006, and deputy secretary, United States Department of the Interior from 1995-1998. He was lieutenant governor of California from 2007-2009 before being elected to the 111th Congress by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Ellen Tauscher. He was reelected to the two succeeding Congresses (November 3, 2009-present).