Congressman Garamendi Among Top 10% Most Frugal Members of Congress
FAIRFIELD, CA – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), a public servant for more than four decades, spent less of his office budget than more than 90% of his House colleagues, according to data released by Congress. In 2011, the Office of Congressman Garamendi spent 77.8% of its available budget, making the office more frugal than 395 of 436 offices in the House. This demonstrated fiscal restraint comes despite the need for three district offices to serve the sprawling 10th Congressional District and higher than national average costs in Northern California.
"I want to see less money spent on Congress and more resources paying down our deficit and investing in our schools, roads, health coverage, and veteran’s services," Congressman Garamendi said. "I’ve balanced the checkbook for the family ranch. I know how to make more with less. I’m proud that we managed to stay so under budget while still maintaining robust communications with and support for 10th Congressional District residents."
In 2011 and early 2012, Garamendi hosted more than a dozen in person and telephone town halls, in addition to a to resource fairs for job seekers, veterans, seniors, social services, and small businesses, and a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Workshop for counselors and mentors. In addition, Garamendi has hosted at least one town hall in 11 cities in the 10th Congressional District since entering Congress.