Jared Huffman

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Jared Huffman
Jared Huffman, Official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 2nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Lynn Woolsey
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 6th district
In office
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2012
Preceded by Joe Nation
Succeeded by Beth Gaines
Personal details
Born Jared William Huffman
(1964-02-18) February 18, 1964 (age 54)
Independence, Missouri, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Susan
Children 2
Alma mater University of California, Santa Barbara
Boston College
Website House

Jared William Huffman (born February 18, 1964) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for California's 2nd congressional district since 2013. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

From 2006 to 2012, Huffman was a member of the California State Assembly, representing the 6th district. Huffman chaired the Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife Committee and also chaired the Assembly Environmental Caucus. He was elected to Congress in November 2012 with more than 70% of the vote, defeating Republican candidate Dan Roberts.[1] His congressional district covers the North Coast from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border.

Early life, education, and legal career

Huffman graduated from William Chrisman High School in 1982 and later received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science magna cum laude from University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. At UCSB, Huffman was a three-time All-American volleyball player. Huffman was a member of USA Volleyball Team in 1987 when the team was ranked #1 in the world and had recently won the World Championship. He went on to graduate cum laude from Boston College Law School in 1990.[2]

Huffman became a consumer attorney specializing in public interest cases. Among his court victories was a case on behalf of the National Organization for Women, which required all California State University campuses to comply with Title IX.[3] Huffman was a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. He was also a publicly elected director of the Marin Municipal Water District for twelve years, including three terms as board president.[2]

California Assembly


Huffman won the Democratic nomination for the 6th district in a hotly contested primary in June 2006 in which he surprised the political establishment with a victory over opponents Pamela Torliatt, a Petaluma city councilwoman, and Cynthia Murray, a Marin County Supervisor who was initially considered the frontrunner. Huffman also defeated Assistant State Attorney General Damon Connelly, Marin County Democratic Chairman John Alden, and sociologist Alex Easton-Brown.

Huffman defeated Republican opponent Dr. Michael Hartnett by a more than 2:1 margin in the general election on November 7, 2006.

Huffman faced two opponents in the November 2008 general election: Republican Paul Lavery and Libertarian Timothy Hannan. He won with 70% of the vote and the 137,873 votes he received were among the most by any California Assembly candidate in 2008. In the Democratic primary, Huffman was unopposed and received 57,213 votes—the most of any California Assemblymember in that election.

In the June 2010 California primary, Huffman easily defeated[4] a fellow Democratic challenger Patrick Connally.[5] Huffman faced Republican nominee Robert Stephens in the November 2010 general election.[4] He won overwhelmingly with more than 70% of the vote—the highest winning margin of any candidate on the ballot in the North Bay that year. Due to California term limits, Huffman would have been unable to seek a fourth Assembly term in 2012.


In his first four years as a legislator, Huffman authored and passed more than 40 pieces of legislation.[6]

In 2008, Huffman sponsored a bill (AB 2950), which he wrote with internet attorney Daniel Balsam that aimed to close what its proponents characterized as loopholes in the CAN-SPAM Act which made it more difficult to bring lawsuits against deceptive spammers.[7] Although the bill passed the State Assembly and Senate, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill.[8][9] On February 14, 2011, Jared Huffman cosponsored a bill with Paul Fong, California Assembly Bill 376, to make it illegal to possess, distribute, or sell shark fins, unless for research or commercial purposes.[10]

Committee assignments

Upon his swearing-in on December 4, 2006, Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez immediately named Huffman the Chairman of the Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials. In August 2008, the new Assembly Speaker Karen Bass named Huffman to Chair the Water, Parks & Wildlife Committee.

U.S. House of Representatives

2012 election

After 20-year Democratic incumbent Lynn Woolsey announced her retirement, Huffman entered the race to run for her seat in the 2nd District, which had been renumbered from the 6th in redistricting.[4] California's 2nd congressional district now covers six counties: Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, Trinity, Humboldt, and Del Norte.

Huffman finished first in the top-two primary with 37% of the vote.[11] In November, Huffman defeated Republican candidate Dan Roberts 71%–29%.[12][13]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Proposed legislation

The following is a partial list of legislation introduced by Huffman.

Opposed legislation

  • Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America (H.R. 2824; 113th Congress) - is a bill that would "amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to require state programs for regulation of surface coal mining to incorporate the necessary rule concerning excess spoil, coal mine waste, and buffers for perennial and intermittent streams published by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement on December 12, 2008."[17] Huffman opposed the bill, arguing that it should be opposed because the supporters "believe coal companies should be allowed to blow the tops off mountains and dump the waste into streams, no matter what the science says about the consequence for our environment and the public health."[18]
  • Water Rights Protection Act (H.R. 3189; 113th Congress) - a bill that would prevent federal agencies from requiring certain entities to relinquish their water rights to the United States in order to use public lands.[19] The bill was a reaction to the United States Forest Service's decision to pursue a "new regulation to demand that water rights be transferred to the federal government as a condition for obtaining permits needed to operate 121 ski resorts that cross over federal lands."[20] Huffman opposed the bill and accused the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power of being unnecessarily "adversarial" and having "unfairly vilified" the Forest Service after a committee hearing about the bill.[20]

Personal life

Before he was elected, Huffman lived in San Rafael with his wife Susan and their two children, a daughter, Abigail (born c. 2000) and a son, Nathan (born c. 2003).[21]


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  6. assembly.ca.gov[dead link]
  7. Deborah Gage (April 18, 2008). San Francisco Chronicle Bill toughening anti-spam law in works http://articles.sfgate.com/2008-04-18/business/17145605_1_anti-spam-law-spammers-spam-filters Bill toughening anti-spam law in works Check |url= value (help). Retrieved March 10, 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Nancy Isles Nation (August 18, 2008). "Huffman's anti-spam bill passes". Marin Independent Journal. Retrieved March 10, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Shane Goldmacher (October 1, 2008). "BillWatch: Action on the final bills". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved March 10, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Bill Text: CA AB376 #124; 2011-2102 | Regular Session | Introduced". legiscan.com. Retrieved March 10, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  14. "CBO - H.R. 1411". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 22 July 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. LOrion (July 22, 2013). "CA Freshman Congressman gets First House Bill passed by 113th!.. protecting environment yet". Daily Kos. Retrieved 23 July 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "House of Representatives Passes Congressman Huffman's First Bill". Representative Huffman's Office. Retrieved 23 July 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. "H.R. 2824 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 28 February 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. Beans, Laura (8 August 2013). "House Republicans Use Fear Mongering In Fight for Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining". EcoWatch. Retrieved 5 March 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. "H.R. 3189 - CBO". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 11 March 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. 20.0 20.1 Hudson, Audrey (11 October 2013). "Tipton Bill Seeks to Stop Feds from Trampling Water Rights". The Colorado Observer. Retrieved 12 March 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. "A Legislator Who Gets Things Done". jaredhuffman.com. Retrieved March 10, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Further reading

  • Jim Wood (March 2009). "Jared Huffman". Marin Magazine. Retrieved March 10, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Wally Herger
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 2nd congressional district

United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Richard Hudson
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Hakeem Jeffries