Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael)
Jared Huffman was elected in November, 2012 to represent California’s 2ndCongressional District which spans from the Golden Gate Bridge north to the Oregon border, and includes Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, and Del Norte Counties.
Before his election to Congress, Huffman represented the North Bay for six years in the California Assembly, where he distinguished himself as a legislator who works hard and gets results, often forging bipartisan consensus on difficult issues. Huffman authored well over 60 pieces of successful legislation in the Assembly and received numerous awards for his legislative leadership. He chaired the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee and played a leading role in crafting and passing landmark water reforms in 2009. Other notable laws authored by Huffman include California’s pioneering lighting efficiency standards (AB 1109) which were subsequently adopted into federal law; the nation’s largest programs for solar hot water heating (AB 1470) and paint recycling (AB 1343); reforms that improve California’s State Parks system (AB 1589) and Department of Fish and Wildlife (AB 2402); and creation of a new voluntary type of corporation, California Benefit Corporations, to promote corporate social responsibility (AB 361).
Prior to his election to public office, Huffman was a Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). One of his proudest accomplishments at NRDC was helping forge an agreement to restore a 153-mile stretch of the San Joaquin River in California’s Central Valley. Before he joined NRDC, Huffman was a successful public interest attorney whose victories included several major jury verdicts in gender discrimination and race discrimination trials. He also served 12 years in local government as a Director of the Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD), from 1994 to 2006.
Huffman graduatedmagna cum laudefrom the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he was also a three-time NCAA All-American volleyball player. He went on to play for the USA Volleyball Team in 1987 when the team was ranked #1 in the world, before attending and graduatingcum laudefrom Boston College Law School.
Huffman lives in San Rafael with his wife Susan, a teacher, and their two children Abby (13) and Nathan (10). In his free time, Huffman enjoys all types of fishing, as well as tennis and home winemaking.
Huffman serves on the Natural Resources and Budget Committees in the 113thCongress.