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Selected Biography of John Garamendi

John Raymond Garamendi (born January 24, 1945) is an American politician and the U.S. Representative for California’s 10th congressional district, serving since November 2009. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Garamendi was the California State Insurance Commissioner from 1991 to 1995, the U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior from 1995 to 1998, and the California State Insurance Commissioner again from 2003 to 2007. He then served as the 46th Lieutenant Governor of California from January 8, 2007 until he was elected to Congress in November 2009.[3]

Garamendi was temporarily a candidate for Governor of California in the 2010 election after announcing his candidacy on July 31, 2008.[4] However, he suspended his candidacy on April 29, 2009, to run for Congress in the 10th congressional district.[5] This seat was vacated by Ellen Tauscher, who resigned to become Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.[6] Garamendi won the Democratic Party nomination in the primary election for the seat on September 1 and then won the special election on November 3, 2009. Garamendi was re-elected to a full term in 2010.

Insurance Commissioner (2003-2007)

He created a Home Owners Bill of Rights. This helped create laws that reduced workers compensation costs 58% and reduced premiums by over $500 million. He re-established an anti-fraud task force. He also developed a report analyzing California’s health care system with 43 recommended improvements.[17]

Lieutenant Governor (2007-2009)

While being Lieutenant Governor of California he was the De Facto President of the State Senate, regent of the University California, Trustee of the California State University System, member of the California State Lands Commission, Chairman of the California Commission for Economic Development, and acting Governor.[19]



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Chief of Staff

Office of Congressman John Garamendi (CA-10)


February 2009June 2010 (1 year 5 months)

I am Chief of Staff to Congressman John Garamendi (D-10 CA)

Partnership; 1001-5000 employees; Law Practice industry

December 2008February 2010 (1 year 3 months)

Member of the Insurance Regulatory Practice in San Francisco office

Deputy General Counsel, Vice President and Chief Counsel, Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co.

Allianz of America


July 2007October 2008 (1 year 4 months)

Responsible for managing attorneys at Allianz of America and Fireman’s Fund. Also responsible for managing state government affairs at both companies.

Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel

California Department of Insurance


20032007 (4 years)

Served under Insurance Commissioners John Garamendi and Steve Poizner. Chief Legal Advisor to the Commissioner and his Executive Staff. Managed 90-lawyer Legal Division. Carried out reforms in the life, property/casualty and title insurance industries.

Government Agency; 501-1000 employees; Utilities industry

March 2001April 2003 (2 years 2 months)

Chief Legal Advisor to Commission President Loretta Lynch and the 5 member Public Utilities Commission. Managed 60-lawyer Legal Division. Principally responsible for the Commission’s legal response to the state’s energy crisis and the insolvency of its two major public utilities.

Partnership; 51-200 employees; Law Practice industry

January 1985March 2001 (16 years 3 months)

Represented individuals and businesses in complex civil and criminal litigation. Specialized in financial fraud, class action defense, intellectual property



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