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Representative John Garamendi

Key Coastal Communities:
NE San Francisco Bay
Armed Services; Transportation and Infrastructure
Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition

“We must maintain the environmental quality of our Golden State. As Lieutenant Governor, I have used my position to advance the environmental research agenda at the University and leverage the role of the Lands Commission to protect the California coast, rivers, lakes and state land. In both roles, I am motivated by the central challenge of our time reversing global warming and climate change. To that end, I will continue to propose policies and incentives to reduce green house gasses and to address the inevitable environmental changes already underway. I will seek the implementation of policies and incentives to encourage business and individuals to implement sound environmental practices.”


Leadership: Representative Garamendi has been an active, strong ocean champion through his work: introducing an Ocean Protection Act, joining the Water Resources and Environment subcommittee, and serving as Chair of the State Lands Commission. Consistently using his position to bring about environmental reform, Rep. Garamendi has worked with Al Gore and the nation’s top scientists to present at the Kyoto conference on global warming. He has also worked to protect the coastal environment of California through the establishment of a Heritage Area in the San Joaquin Delta.

Representative Garamendi’s extensive leadership abilities have been exemplified repeatedly in his role as a congressman. His accomplishments include but are not limited to: leading the commission to reject the Liquefied Natural Gas terminal off the Malibu/Oxnard coast; designing pollution decrease plans for California beaches; and the creation of an Adaptive Water Management System. Congressman Garamendi has also worked hard in areas related to Lake Tahoe, Mono Lake, transportation solutions, energy conservation, toxic clean up, the California Conservation Corps, headwaters, endangered species, water wars, Ward Valley, and Guam among others.

Representative Garamendi sponsored:

  • H.R. 1524 (Make it in America: Create Clean Energy Manufacturing Jobs in America Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 487 (Manufacturing Renewable Energy Systems: Make it in America Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 612 (West Coast Ocean Protection Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 6329 (Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area Establishment of 2010)

Representative Garamendi cosponsored:

  • H.R. 239 (Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act)
  • H.R. 774 (Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 813 (Fixing Operations of Reservoirs to Encompass Climatic and Atmospheric Science Trends Act)
  • H.R. 1140 (San Francisco Bay Restoration Act)
  • H.R. 1814 (To permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.)
  • H.R. 3927 (West Coast Ocean Protection Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 335 (Realize America’s Maritime Promise Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 1877 (Water Pollution Control Investment Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 192 (Gulf of Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries Boundary Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 1960 (North American Wetlands Conservation Extension Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 3650 (Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2010)
  • H.R. 5061 (San Francisco Bay Improvement Act of 2010)
  • H.R. 5214 (Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act of 2010)
  • H.R. 5241 (BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Inquiry Commission Act of 2010)
  • H.R. 5248 (No New Drilling Act of 2010)