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Nov 12, 2009 | Contra Costa Times

Rep. Garamendi holds debut town hall

He may be a new congressman but the former lieutenant governor of California and 35-year veteran of public office easily handled his outspoken critics.

Nov 12, 2009 | KTVU

Rep. Garamendi Gets Earful From His New Constituents

America's newest Congressman John Garamendi has been living life at warp speed. In Livermore today for his first Congressional town hall. But let's rewind the clock. Special election, voted into office just nine days ago. Cross country flight. Sworn into office a week ago. Just two days later, the historic vote in the House on health care reform. Garamendi voted yes. Found an apartment in Washington, flew back home.

Nov 10, 2009 | Vacaville Reporter

Local congressmen tout health bill vote

Congressman John Garamendi, D-Solano, was sworn in as 10th District Representative (which includes Fairfield) on Thursday, just in time to participate in Saturday's vote. In comments on the House floor, he told the story of a friend whose son had kidney failure and was told his insurance didn't cover transplants. "They had to choose between debt or life. They chose life," he said, noting that when the boy turns 23, he'll be uninsurable "because he has a prior existing condition." The House bill, he concluded, would "end this despicable situation."

Nov 5, 2009 | The Daily Cal

UC Regent Garamendi Wins Seat in Congress

Garamendi, 64, graduated from UC Berkeley in 1966 with a degree in business and was a second team all-American football player as an offensive guard. As lieutenant governor, Garamendi serves as an ex-officio member of the UC Board of Regents where he has opposed student fee increases and pushed for the implementation of a state oil-extraction tax as a means to fund higher education.

Nov 5, 2009 | KPCC Radio

John Garamendi sworn in as congressman

Garamendi easily won Tuesday’s special election to replace Ellen Tauscher. She left Congress to work in the State Department. Garamendi thanked Walnut Creek voters for their support. ... Capitol insiders expect Garamendi to join the House Transportation Committee. It’s gearing up to debate a major funding bill for roads and transit.

Nov 5, 2009 | NBC Bay Area

Garamendi Gets Right To Work in New Digs

His arrival is very welcome timing for the Democrats. Pelosi needs his vote on her health care reform bill. That bill will mostly likely be Garamendi's first act as a member of congress and is expected to come this weekend.

Nov 5, 2009 | KCBS Radio

Congressman Garamendi Sworn In

"Madame speaker is it is a great privilege, indeed I suspect, the greatest privilege a person could have - to stand in the well of the House of Representatives of the United States of America and address this august body," said Garamendi. "It's a privilege that I shall always remember, as I'll always remember this particular moment."

Nov 5, 2009 | San Francisco Chronicle Editorial

Garamendi on his way to Washington

The freshman's first major vote could come Saturday, when the House is expected to vote on a health care plan. The good news is that health care is one of many issues on which Garamendi - a former state legislator, insurance commissioner and deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior - is very well versed. We have no doubt about his ability to hit the ground running.

Nov 5, 2009 | Chicago Tribune's The Swamp

Pelosi: Health care has two more votes

For House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who plans to take a health-care overhaul to the floor of the House on Saturday, this week's elections meant one thing: Two more votes.

Nov 4, 2009 | The Washington Post

Congress gets another voice on health-care reform

In other words, Pelosi got more than another health-care vote out of Tuesday's election. She got another health-care wonk. It's probably a bit late for Garamendi to establish himself as a player in this reform fight, but the proposal is going to need guidance and modification after it's passed into law, and it'll be interesting to watch whether he proves a player in that phase.