Newly-elected Congressman John Garamendi was sworn in as the new representative of California's 10th Congressional District Thursday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco).
Garamendi won a special general election Tuesday for the open seat in the 10th District, which includes Livermore and other parts of Alameda County, much of Contra Costa County and portions of Solano and Sacramento counties.
Tuesday's election filled the seat vacated by Democrat Ellen Tauscher, who was nominated in March for a State Department position that she
accepted in June.
Garamendi, who was serving as the state's lieutenant governor, received about 53 percent of the vote, compared to nearly 43 percent for
Republican David Harmer.
He will serve the rest of Tauscher's term, which ends in January 2011.
Garamendi said Tuesday that he had spoken with Pelosi about flying out to Washington immediately after the election so he could be sworn in and participate in a House vote on a health care reform bill that could take place as soon as this weekend.
Yesterday, Garamendi also resigned as California's lieutenant governor right before the swearing-in ceremony.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger how has the chance to choose a replacement for the position.
Garamendi said he's "excited about the reality of going back to Washington and working on issues," particularly health care.
Garamendi has served as a state legislator, state insurance commissioner and Deputy Secretary of the Interior under President Bill Clinton.