Candidate Profile
John Garamendi

Democrat , California


John Garamendi
U.S. Rep., Dist. 3

Panel Rating

Very Liberal Information icon


Conservative Organizations

National Taxpayers Union, 2016:  F
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2018:  31%
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  16%
Conservative Review (CR), 2018:  13% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2017-18:  4%, 11% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2018:  15%, 10% (cum.)
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2016:  9%, 8% (cum.)
Club for Growth, 2016:  10%, 6% (cum.)
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  5%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2017:  0%, 4% (cum.)
Americans for Prosperity (AFP), 2017-18:  12%, 4% (cum.)
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  0%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2015-16:  0%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2013-14:  0%
FRC Action, 2017:  0%
National Right to Life, 2017-19:  0%



Liberal Organizations

Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2016:  100%
Human Rights Campaign, 2015-16:  100%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  97%, 98% (cum.)
Planned Parenthood, 2017:  96%
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2015:  88%, 94% (cum.)
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2017:  90%
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2017:  94%, 89% (cum.)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2018:  75%





California Federation of Teachers, California Labor Federation, California League of Conservation Voters, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Equality California, JStreet PAC and 3 more

Reported by Candidate

California Federation of Teachers, California Labor Federation

Selected Contributions


ActBlue, Ami Bera, Council for a Livable World, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Hillary Clinton, Janice Hahn and 10 more
ActBlue, Airline Pilots Association, Amalgamated Transit Union, American Association for Justice, American Federation of Government Employees, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations and 126 more







Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.


I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.


Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.


Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.


Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.


More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.


Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.


Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.


Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.


The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.


Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.


Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.


Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.


People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."


I support sanctuary cities.


It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.


I support the death penalty.


Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.


The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.


The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.


I voted in these primaries and general elections:

2010 General Election, 2010 Democratic Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Democratic Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Democratic Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Democratic Primary

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

For 30 years I have fought for and support the rights of women. I am a strong pro-choice feminist and a proud father of 5 daughters and 3 granddaughters! My daughters and wife are my closest advisors and confidants and all of my decisions are heavily weighed by their influence. I work to ensure that women will have equal opportunities in my office and that I am a strong, leading voice for the rights of women everywhere.

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

We must be vigilant, but we must also not overreact and be goaded into actions that will cost even more American lives and eventually make us less safe. I am confident that with a strong, steady and smart approach, we can defeat ISIS where they are and defend ourselves and our allies against attacks here at home.

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

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Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

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When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?


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I’m honored to receive the official endorsement of the California Democratic Party for my re-election. I’m fighting to give every American A Better Deal in a nation where healthcare is considered a basic human right, good paying middle class jobs are created in industries that also help safeguard our environment, and every child has equal access to a quality education. These are values that I share with the California Democratic Party, and I am honored to have their support in this fight.

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

I support a “Medicare for All” system that would build upon the current Medicare system to provide universal coverage with maximum efficiency. As Insurance Commissioner in 1992, I created a plan for single-payer coverage that passed the legislature but was vetoed by Governor Pete Wilson. In Congress, I am a co-sponsor of H.R. 676, the “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act.”

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

I serve on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and I am committed to rebuilding American infrastructure using American parts and American labor. When the California High Speed Rail authority requested a waiver to outsource production of train cars to a foreign supplier, I immediately called the Authority and got them to reverse course. I will do everything in my power to support Making It In America. I've introduced legislation that would use the force of law to require school districts to file for a waiver if they want to use imported food for school lunch programs, and make those waiver requests accessible to the public. I believe that American schoolkids should be fed by fresh, healthy agricultural products from local American farms.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

The federal income tax “overhaul” is a disaster for California. First, it will actually raise taxes on millions of Californians by sharply reducing the state and local tax (SALT) deduction. Second, it’s bad for the country as a whole: this bill creates an additional $1.9 trillion federal deficit and sets the stage for the federal government to have an annual deficit of at least $1 trillion every year into the future. Our children will pay and pay for the huge tax cut. 83% of the nearly $2 trillion tax cut goes to the super wealthy 1% of Americans and to giant corporations. And now President Trump and Republican leaders are proposing to fill the vast hole in the federal treasury with trillion-dollar reductions in Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare. Watch out, seniors! As if that isn’t bad enough, the modest middle-class tax cuts expire in six years, thus raising taxes on most American families eventually.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

My top three priorities in Congress are jobs, jobs, and jobs. Continuing our economic recovery from the Great Recession requires a commitment to fair trade deals, stopping outsourcing, and promoting American manufacturing through Make It In America policies.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Social Security benefits need to keep pace with the unique increases in the cost of living incurred by seniors. Right now, Social Security uses a cost of living index (COLA) that reflects the way young employed adults spend their money. But seniors spend a much higher proportion of their income on prescription drugs and medical care services whose prices rise much faster than goods and services used by younger adults. To address this problem I’ve authored a bill, the “Fair COLA Act”, that would require Social Security to use a price index that reflects the way seniors spend money. It’s called the CPI-E. When adopted, this new price index will help seniors by ensuring that benefits keep up with cost increases.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

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E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:

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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

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  • UC Berkeley, Berkeley, BA, 1966
  • Harvard, Boston, MBA, 1970
Work & Military
  • Rancher, lifelong
  • U.S. House of Representatives, Representative, 2009 - Present
  • State of California, Lieutenant Governor, 2007 - 2009
  • State of California, Insurance Commissioner, 1991 -95 & 03 - 07
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Congressman, Held 9
  • Insurance Commissioner, Held 8

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