He served as Lieutenant Governor of California while he was running for the Representative seat.
Humanitarian Needs in Cuba letter
December 16 2021 , House Rules Committee Chair James McGovern (D-MA), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Gregory Meeks (D-NY), House Appropriations subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations Chair Barbara Lee (D-CA), and House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Energy Chair Bobby Rush (D-IL) led 114 Members of Congress in a letter to President Biden asking him to prioritize the well-being of the Cuban people as they experience the worst economic and humanitarian crisis in recent history...
In the wake of this year’s protests, the members urged the administration to support the Cuban people by suspending U.S. regulations that prevent food, medicine, remittances, and other humanitarian assistance from reaching the Cuban people...
Signatories included John Garamendi.
Support for the Council on American Islamic Relations
The Populist Caucus was founded on February 11, 2009 in the United States House of Representatives by Democrat Bruce Braley of Iowa. The caucus originally included 26 other Democrats in the House. John Garamendi joined some time afterwards.
Progressive Alliance endorsement 2012
The more than 5,000 strong Sacramento Progressive Alliance endorsed John Garamendi in 2012.
House calls for ending Afghanistan war
In a historic move June 13, 2013, the House of Representatives effectively said there is no congressional authorization for a permanent U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. The move was part of an overwhelmingly approved bipartisan measure calling for a complete and speedy end to the 12-year war there. For the first time, a majority of House Republicans supported the legislation.
In addition to calling for a speedy end to the war the measure specifically says that any decision to keep troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014 would require the permission of Congress.
The move, in the form of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, was led by Reps. Jim McGovern, D-Mass.; Walter B. Jones, R-N.C.; Barbara Lee, D-Calif.; John Garamendi, D-Calif.; and Adam Smith, D-Wash. Smith is the leading Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee.
The measure, "to require the President to complete the accelerated transition of combat operations from U.S. Armed Forces to the Government of Afghanistan no later than by the end of 2013; the accelerated transition of military and security operations by the end of 2014, including the redeployment of U.S. troops; and to pursue robust negotiations to address Afghanistan's and the region's security and stability," passed by 305-121.
Over half the Republican House caucus voted for the measure, including six members from Texas, 11 from Florida and four of five from Kentucky. By contrast, in 2009 only seven House Republicans supported McGovern's amendment requiring the Pentagon to report to Congress on a strategy for U.S. military forces to leave Afghanistan by the end of that year.
Just nine Democrats opposed McGovern's latest amendment.
The vote is also seen as important because it is the first time the House of Representatives as a body has registered its opposition to the war.
2012 CLW House victories
2012 Council for a Livable World House Victories were;
Ron Barber (D-AZ), Ami Bera (D-CA), Tim Bishop (D-NY) Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Bruce Braley (D-IA), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Lois Capps (D-CA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Lois Frankel (D-FL), John Garamendi (D-CA), Joe Garcia (D-FL), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), Denny Heck (D-WA), Steven Horsford (D-NV), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH), Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Patrick Murphy (D-FL), Rick Nolan (D-MN), Raul Ruiz (D-CA), Brad Schneider(D-IL), Carol Shea-Porter(D–NH), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ),Mark Takano(D-CA) and John Tierney(D-MA)..
- Rep. John Garamendi (D) was elected to Congress in California’s 10th Congressional District in a special election in 2009 when Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D) was appointed to the Obama State Department. With several military bases and the Lawrence Livermore nuclear laboratory in his district, Garamendi is a key player on arms control and national security issues, and is quickly emerging as a champion of progressive foreign policies.
- Garamendi attracted attention quickly as a vocal advocate for the withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan. Last year, Garamendi introduced legislation calling for the removal of all but 25,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012. The remaining troops would be focused solely on combating terrorism.
- Garamendi sees ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as an opportunity to rehabilitate America’s image in the world.
- "I’m a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, and I know that a foreign policy built on mutual respect and assistance can transform hearts and minds. I believe disengagement from war really means a return to the policies that put America’s best face forward in the international community. Diplomacy and development should be our goal in the Middle East, not the continued dragging out of wars without an exit plan.”
- Garamendi is also using his seat on the Armed Services Committee to push for thoughtful reductions in the defense budget. Recognizing that the tough economic times will require cuts across the federal budget that even the Pentagon will be unable to avoid, Garamendi and his staff have conducted a study of defense cuts recommended by groups across the political spectrum to find ones that the right and the left can agree on.
From February 12-16, 2016, the Center for Democracy in the Americas led a fact-finding trip for a bipartisan congressional delegation to Havana, Cuba. U.S. Representatives Kathy Castor (FL-14) and Tom Emmer (MN-6) led the group, which included Reps. John Garamendi (CA-3), Paul Gosar (AZ-4), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Mike Bishop (MI-8), and Brendan Boyle (PA-13). As is CDA’s custom, we arranged for them to meet a wide array of Cubans – senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment, and the Cuban telecommunications authority; Cuba’s Catholic Church; private sector operators of a restaurant, baby clothes, and taxi businesses, visual artists in Havana and hip-hop artists in Regla. The group also visited the Port of Mariel and met with U.S. and third-country diplomats serving on the island. By their account, the delegation returned to the United States with a broader appreciation of the Cuban reality.
Lifting travel ban on Cuba
- Due to your action/emails/phone calls we have 59 signatures from House representatives urging President Obama to support travel to Cuba by granting general licenses for ALL current categories of travel.
- By eliminating the laborious license application process, especially for people-to-people groups, that is managed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the majority of the bureaucratic red tape that holds up licensable travel to Cuba would disappear and actually facilitate what the President wanted to see in 2011, liberalized travel regulations.
Signatories included Rep. Garamendi.
JStreet endorsed him again in 2016.
- An outspoken proponent of US leadership in the international community, Garamendi is a strong supporter of Israel and a two-state solution.
National Nurses United endorsement
National Nurses United 2018 endorsements in California included:
- U.S. House of Representatives, CA-01 – Audrey Denney
- U.S. House of Representatives, CA-03 – John Garamendi
- U.S. House of Representatives, CA-17 – Ro Khanna
- U.S. House of Representatives, CA-27 – Judy Chu
- U.S. House of Representatives, CA-41 – Mark Takano
- U.S. House of Representatives, CA-45 – Katie Porter
- U.S. House of Representatives, CA-47 – Alan Lowenthal
- U.S. House of Representatives, CA-48 – Harley Rouda
- U.S. House of Representatives, CA-50 – Ammar Campa-Najjar
Medicare For All Congressional Caucus founders
In August 2018 Medicare For All Congressional Caucus founding members included Representative John Garamendi.
- Letters of Support for CAIR accessed January 26 2020
- [https://www.cair.com/images/pdf/What-They-Say-About-CAIR.pdf What They Say About CAIR (October 2014)
- Pop Caucus, Bruce Braley website, accessed Jan.15, 2013
- PW, For first time, U.S. House calls for ending Afghanistan war,by: Marilyn Bechtel June 18 2013
- Meet the Candidates, accessed April 10, 2013
- CLW bio, accessed July 10, 2013
- Update on Cuba Travel: We Gathered 59 Signatures, The LAWG Cuba Team: Mavis, Emily and Karina on May 03, 2013
- PDA May 2013 Educate Congress Digest Letter drops (191 in total – 105 in April )
- J Street The political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans
- JStreetPAC 2016 Endorsees