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Nov. 3, 2009: Garamendi won the special election the office in the California's 10th Congressional District. He assumed office on Nov. 5.

Sept. 1, 2009 Garamendi won the Democratic Party nomination in the special primary election for California's 10th Congressional District.

April 29, 2009 Garamendi suspended his 2010 candidacy for governor and declared himself a candidate in a potential 10th Congressional District 2009 special election. The seat became available after President Barack Obama appointed Congressmember Ellen Tauscher for a post in the Obama administration State Department, pending confirmation in the U.S. Senate. Campaign website:

July 31, 2008: Garamendi announced his 2010 candidacy for Governor of California.

1998: Garamendi left the Clinton Administration to become a partner in the Yucaipa Companies, a Los Angeles based private investment firm.

1995: President Bill Clinton appointed Garamendi as a deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

1991: Garamendi was elected as California’s Insurance Commissioner.

1976: Garamendi won election to the state Senate. While on the Senate he served as Senate Majority Leader, chaired the Joint Committee on Science and Technology, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee.

1974: Garamendi was elected to the state Assembly, service one two-year term

Born in 1945, Garamendi was raised on his family’s cattle ranch in Mokelumne Hill, California. Garamendi graduated with a Bachelors Degree in business from the University of California at Berkeley. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Prior to receiving his MBA, Garamendi and his wife, Patti, were Peace Corps volunteers in Ethiopia. Patti is now the Assistant Manager at the California Exposition and State Fair, and was previously the Deputy Secretary of California’s Business, Transportation and Housing Agency. She also served for eight years in the Clinton Administration as Assistant Director of the U.S. Peace Corps. Garamendi and his wife make their home in Walnut Grove and have six children and nine grandchildren.


Last edited by Scott Flodin on Feb. 25, 2010

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