"My heart and prayers go out to the victims and families who lost loved ones during the mass shootings at Fort Hood Army base. These brave Americans were preparing to be deployed to the most dangerous areas in the world. The fact they suffered such violence on a U.S. base makes this even more difficult to accept and comprehend."
John Garamendi Sworn into Congress, Vows to Address "the Issues that Confront our Fellow Citizens and the World Beyond"
"He and his wife Patti began their years in public service as Peace Corps volunteers in Ethiopia, and since then, John has spent 37 years serving the people of California,” added Rep. Pete Stark, the Dean of the California congressional delegation. "As we prepare to enact health care reform, John will lend an effective voice to that effort. As California's insurance commissioner, he learned the problems families face when trying to buy health coverage. He's an expert in insurance regulation. His perspective will be of great value.”