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John Garamendi is a U.S. Congressman representing California’s 3rd District. In March 2021, Representative Garamendi reintroduced the Peace Corps Reauthorization Act, which extends whistleblower protections to Peace Corps volunteers.
Garamendi was raised on his family’s ranch in Mokelumne Hill, California. He received his B.A. in business from UC Berkeley where he was a Wheeler Scholar. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Prior to serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Garamendi served in the California state legislature, was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Interior, and elected as both California’s Insurance Commissioner and Lieutenant Governor. Garamendi is the Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness where has enacted legislation to direct the military to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, to prepare all bases to withstand the effects of climate change, improve military family housing, and remove toxic substances from drinking water in and around military installations.