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Garamendi named to Armed Services Committee

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Thursday, May 6th, 2010 at 11:48 am in Congress, Congressional District 10.

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove

House Democratic leaders have named Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, to the House Armed Services Committee.

Garamendi requested the assignment after his election in September but was unsuccessful. The committee has oversight of the U.S. military and the massive Department of Defense budget.

“Over the last six months, there have been some changes on the committee as members moved on and others wanted different assignments, and a seat opened up,” Garamendi said via telephone a few minutes ago. “The leadership thinks I am doing a good job and thought the Armed Services Committee would be a good fit for me and my district.”

The 10th Congressional District contains Travis Air Force Base and two national laboratories, the Livermore and Sandia labs.

In his new role, Garamendi will announce Monday the introduction of legislation that would permit the opening of a technology transfer campus adjacent to the two national laboratories, where private companies will rent space and collaborate with government researchers.

The congressman’s committee assignments now match that of his predecessor, former Rep. Ellen Tauscher, who resigned to take a high-level job in the U.S. State Department. Garamendi was elected in a special election on Sept. 1, 2009.

Garamendi is also a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and will retain his seat on the Science and Technology Committee.

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  • Ralph Hoffmann

    There is a difference between John and Ellen (besides gender). Ellen supported the Obama troop surge in Afghanistan, while John opposes it.

  • Common Tater

    Still using the 20 year old glamour photograph of JG, Huh Lisa?

    Even his own website has a more up-to-date photograph. It’s at http://www.garamendi.org/

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Okay, I’ll download a new picture! (lol)

  • Common Tater

    Thank you. We shall look forward to it.

    And rotflol…

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    Ralph, I didn’t notice the gender difference.

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Do I want to know what ‘rotflol’ means?

  • Elwood

    Try: rolling on the floor laughing out loud

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Ah, I get it now!