Congress, staff break record for privately funded trips

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Members of the U.S. Congress and staff members broke the record for taking the most privately funded trips since 2007 reforms, LegiStorm.com reported.

Dems say GOP missile site plan political

WASHINGTON, May 9 (UPI) -- A move by House Republicans to set up a missile defense site on the U.S. East Coast has angered Democrats, who call it a "political move."

Schwarzenegger names GOP lieutenant gov.

BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Monday named Republican state Sen. Abel Maldonado to replace a Democrat, John Garamendi, as lieutenant governor.

California rejects offshore oil deal

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Jan. 30 (UPI) -- California's Land Commission said no to an offshore oil drilling deal saying it would open the door for further offshore development.

Calif. gubernatorial hopefuls lining up

SACRAMENTO, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Potential candidates to replace California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010 are already lining up, with some big names still a possibility, observers say.

Schwarzenegger has knee surgery

SACRAMENTO, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was recuperating Sunday from knee surgery to repair an injury he sustained while working out, a spokesman said.
Hillary Clinton woos western Hispanics

Hillary Clinton woos western Hispanics

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton wooed Hispanic voters Saturday in Nevada, a day after a swing through California.

Allstate said to seek Calif. exit

SACRAMENTO, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Allstate Corp., which stopped covering homeowners in hurricane-prone U.S. states, may stop writing policies in California too, a state official says.

Auto club shift to lower Calif. auto rates

LOS ANGELES, July 10 (UPI) -- The fourth-largest provider of auto insurance in California plans to base rates on safety and distance driven, and other insurers could follow suit.

Judge in Executive Life case order talks

LOS ANGELES, June 1 (UPI) -- A California judge ordered both sides in the trial of an insurer whose failure left 300,000 policyholders uncovered to hold settlement talks.

Anthem sues Calif. over acquisition ruling

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- California's insurance commissioner was sued Tuesday for rejecting the proposed acquisition of insurance giant WellPoint Health Networks by rival Anthem.

New try for bill to keep fire insurance

SACRAMENTO, June 24 (UPI) -- California officials said Thursday they will reintroduce legislation to stop insurers from dropping customers whose homes are damaged by wildfire.

Calif. to hold hearings on WellPoint deal

SACRAMENTO, June 17 (UPI) -- California's insurance commissioner will hold hearings this month on the proposed $16 billion acquisition of WellPoint Health Networks by rival Anthem Inc.

Calif. calls for worker's comp rate cut

SACRAMENTO, May 28 (UPI) -- California's overhaul of its worker's compensation system bore fruit Friday as the state's insurance commissioner recommended a 21 percent rate cut.

Armenia Holocaust settlement announced

SACRAMENTO, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The prolonged litigation between New York Life Insurance and descendants of the victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide has been settled in California.
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John Garamendi
Californian Lieutenant Governor elect John Garamendi and his wife Patti arrive at the 13th Annual California League of Conservation Voters Environmental Leadership Awards in Culver City on November 30, 2006. (UPI Photo/Gus Ruelas).

John Raymond Garamendi (born January 24, 1945) is a United States politician who has been a member of the United States House of Representatives since November 2009, representing California's 10th congressional district. A Democrat, Garamendi was the California State Insurance Commissioner from 1991 to 1995, the U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior from 1995 to 1998, and the California State Insurance Commissioner again from 2003 to 2007. He then served as Lieutenant Governor of California from January 8, 2007 until he was elected to Congress in November 2009.

Garamendi was temporarily a candidate for Governor of California in the 2010 election after announcing his candidacy on July 31, 2008. However, he suspended his candidacy on April 29, 2009, to run for Congress in the 10th congressional district. This seat was vacated by Ellen Tauscher, who resigned to become Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. Garamendi won the Democratic Party nomination in the primary election for the seat on September 1 and then won the special election on November 3, 2009.

Raised in Mokelumne Hill, California of Basque, Italian and Irish descent, Garamendi received a Bachelor's degree in business from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was both a football player and wrestler, and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. He served in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia from 1966 to 1968. Garamendi is an Eagle Scout. Garamendi is also a member of Sigma Chi, as a brother of the Alpha Beta Chapter at Berkeley.

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