For Immediate Release Contact: Andrew Acosta
May 10th, 2012 (916) 444-8897
San Rafael, CA- In the race for California’s 2nd Congressional District, which spans more than 500 miles of iconic coastline, one of America’s leading environmental champions, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., has endorsed Assemblymember Jared Huffman.
A longtime defender of the environment, Kennedy presently serves as Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper, President of Waterkeeper Alliance, and a Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Kennedy is the son of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
"With a leader like Jared, Congress is more likely to show leadership in stopping global warming, cleaning up air and water pollution, and protecting our public health," said Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
"Whether or not you live in California's new 2nd Congressional District, we all stand to benefit by electing a legislator who understands that protecting the environment is not about saving fishes and the birds for their own sake; it’s about recognizing that nature is the infrastructure of our communities, and we must meet our obligation as a generation, a civilization, a nation, to create communities for our children that provide opportunities for dignity, enrichment and good health. To have this kind of natural infrastructure, we must invest in the political infrastructure that can make it possible," Kennedy stated.
“Bobby Kennedy has been a driving force in protecting our country’s environment for years and I am proud to have his endorsement,” said Huffman. “I look forward to working with him and other leading environmentalists in Congress.”
Kennedy’s endorsement is the latest in an impressive string of green endorsements for Huffman, who has one of the strongest environmental records in the state legislature. In fact, Huffman has been endorsed by every environmental group to take a position in the race, including: the Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters, Environment California, Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, Humane Society Legislative Fund, Ocean Champions, and Forests Forever.
About Jared Huffman
Jared Huffman currently represents Southern Sonoma and Marin Counties in the California State Assembly. Huffman started his political career as a member of the Marin Municipal Water District (MWWD) in 1994. He served 12 years on the board, including three terms as Board President before besting five Democrats in a heavily contested race for the State Assembly in the June 2006 Primary.
Huffman graduated magna cum laude from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and cum laude from Boston College Law School. Prior to law school he was a three-time NCAA All-American athlete and 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. Huffman lives in Marin with his wife Susan, a teacher, and their children, Abby (age 12) and Nathan (age 9). In his free time, Huffman enjoys fishing, tennis and home winemaking.