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John Garamendi joined the U.S. House of Representatives on November 5, 2009. He ran for re-election in the November 2012 Presidential Election in the newly re-formed 3rd district and won. Thus, if you're registered to vote in Davis, Garamendi will be your local congressional representative as of January 3, 2013. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Prior to redistricting, Davis was part of the 1st district. Given that there are more Republicans in this new district than were in the old, Garmendi's fight against Kim Vann was expected to be close and the race garnered national attention. Former President Bill Clinton spoke at a October 9 rally at UC Davis in support of Garamendi and three other Northern California Democrats in close Congressional races. However, Garamendi beat Vann handily, 53.7% to 46.3%.

Issues

Education

In the halls of Congress and throughout his career, Congressman Garamendi has been a fierce advocate for students and teachers, believing that America's prosperity depends on a well-educated workforce. Garamendi has consistently spoken out against destructive cuts to all levels of education. Garamendi understands that laying off teachers means less individual attention to students, larger class sizes, more students dropping out of school, and ultimately a less competitive workforce.

Environment

In his first years in office, Congressman John Garamendi has been a recognized leader for the environment in Congress, someone willing to take on the entrenched interests that threaten our economy, national security, and treasured national wonders for short term greed. It's a reputation Garamendi has carried with him after decades of public service. As a California state legislator, he authored the first alternative energy tax credit in the nation and helped save Lake Tahoe.

Health Care

One of Congressman Garamendi's first acts in Congress was to pass the Patient's Bill of Rights, sweeping legislation that makes significant progress in preventing the insurance companies from exploiting consumers and greatly expands health care access and services.

Jobs

Since entering Congress November of 2009, Congressman Garamendi has been a leader in promoting policies that create jobs in Northern California and throughout the country. Garamendi understands that it is the responsibility of Congress to invest in transportation, clean technology, education, and research while also extending tax relief for hard working middle class families.

Military Affairs and Foreign Relations

Congressman Garamendi believes that America’s moral authority as the world’s leader of free nations rests on a devotion to human rights and individual liberty for all citizens of all nations.

Seniors

Congressman John Garamendi believes every American deserves the right to retire with dignity. He is resolutely opposed to all efforts to privatize Social Security, dismantle Medicare, and defund Medicaid/MediCal (despite phone calls that some Davisites have received suggesting otherwise).

Social Justice

Congressman Garamendi believes that in America, everyone who works hard and plays by the rules deserves to pursue their American dream — that we must have equal opportunity for all, do what we can to end discrimination, and remove barriers to opportunity.

Transportation

Congestion on roads and railways plagues communities throughout Northern California, delaying commuters, wasting time and fuel, and adding to air and atmospheric pollution. Congressman Garamendi is an avid believer in investments in transportation infrastructure, creating good jobs for our neighbors and leaving lasting improvements that will help businesses throughout Northern California. We only get 92 cents back for every gas tax dollar we send to Washington, and Garamendi is fighting for a fairer share.

United States and Israel

Congressman Garamendi believes that the United States has a moral and strategic interest in a strong, secure and viable Israel.

Veterans

Congressman Garamendi believes that those who have put service to our nation above all else deserve our respect, our thanks and our assurance that the doors to the future will be open to them. We must demand that education, job training, healthcare, and housing be readily available to these heroes. California is at a critical juncture, and the investments we make now in educating our people are key to our collective success in the years to come. Those returning to California from service in Iraq and Afghanistan have much to give our state, and our state has much to gain from educating them.

Endorsements

Presidential

  • President Barack Obama
  • President Bill Clinton

Local Community Leaders

  • Vic Fazio, Former Member of Congress
  • Mike Thompson, Member of Congress
  • Lois Wolk, CA State Senator, District 5
  • Mariko Yamada, CA Assemblymember, District 8
  • Richard Rominger, Former US Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
  • Barbara Kondylis, Solano County Board of Supervisors, District 1
  • Linda Seifert, Solano County Board of Supervisors, District 2
  • John Vasquez, Solano County Board of Supervisors, District 4
  • Skip Thomson, Solano County Board of Supervisors-elect, District 5
  • Mike McGowan, Yolo County Board of Supervisor, District 1
  • Don Saylor, Yolo County Board of Supervisors, District 2
  • Jim Provenza, Yolo County Supervisor, District 4
  • Don Nottoli, Sacramento Board of Supervisor, District 5
  • Mary Jane Griego, Yuba County Board of Supervisor, District 3
  • Anthony Farrington, Lake County Board of Supervisors, District 4
  • Ed Prieto, Yolo County Sheriff
  • Marc Tonneson, Solano County Assessor-Recorder
  • Joe Krovoza, Mayor of Davis
  • Harry Price, Mayor of Fairfield
  • Jack Batchelor Jr, Mayor of Dixon
  • Art Pimentel, former Mayor of Woodland
  • Pete Sanchez, Mayor of Suisun City
  • Woody Fridae, Mayor of Winters
  • Joey Luiz, Mayor of Clearlake
  • Jan Vick, Mayor of Rio Vista
  • Steve Hardy, Mayor of Vacaville
  • Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Mayor of Winters
  • Suzanna Lyons, Former Mayor of Lakeport
  • Roy Crabtree, Former Mayor of Wheatland
  • Dan Wolk, Mayor Pro-Tempore of Davis
  • Woody Fridae, Mayor Pro-Tempore of Winters
  • Jim Kitchen, Vice Mayor of Marysville
  • Jack Krebs, Vice Mayor of Rio Vista
  • Rick Vaccaro, Vice Mayor of Fairfield
  • Dane Besneatte, Vice Mayor of Dixon
  • Christina Billeci, Councilmember of Marysville
  • Ricky Samayoa, Councilmember of Marysville
  • Bruce Roundy, Councilmember of Orland
  • Jane Day, Councilmember of Suisun City
  • Rochelle Swanson, Councilmember of Davis
  • Stephen Souza, former Councilmember of Davis
  • Constance Boulware, Councilmember of Rio Vista
  • Janith Norman, Councilmember of Rio Vista
  • David Coe, Councilmember of Wheatland
  • Rick Fuller, Councilmember of Dixon
  • Alfred Sellers, Councilmember of Williams
  • Michelle Coleman, Solano County School Board Trustee
  • Mayrene Bates, Solano County School Board Trustee
  • Jerry Kaneko, Board Member, Agency on Aging, Area 4
  • Shiela Allen, Vice President of Davis Joint Unified School District
  • Maite Knorr-Evans, Student Rep to Davis Joint Unified School District
  • Michael Paine, Yuba County Library Advisory Commission
  • Sarah Donnelly, Trustee of River Delta Unified School District
  • Joe Romero, Parks and Recreation Commissioner of Woodland
  • Dr. Jesse Ortiz, former President of Woodland School District Board of Trustees

Organizations

  • Sierra Club
  • California League of Conservation Voters
  • California Teachers Association
  • California Labor Federation
  • Clean Water Action
  • CDF Firefighters, Local 2881
  • Communications Workers of America, Local 9421
  • SEIU, Local 1000

Newspapers

State and National Leaders

  • Senator Dianne Feinstein
  • Delaine Eastin, former California Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Art Torres, former Chairman of the California Democratic Party
  • Steve Israel, Democratic National Committee Chairman
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Member of Congress
  • George Miller, Member of Congress
  • James E. Clyburn, Member of Congress
  • Doris Matsui, Member of Congress
  • Grace Napolitano, Member of Congress
  • Howard Berman, Member of Congress
  • Mike Honda, Member of Congress
  • Linda Sanchez, Member of Congress
  • Joe Baca, Member of Congress
  • Xavier Becerra, Member of Congress
  • Paul Fong, CA Assemblymember, District 22

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