For Immediate Release Contact: Andrew Acosta
June 21, 2012 (916) 444-8897
Today, the California Teachers Association (CTA) endorsed Assemblymember Jared Huffman in the race for the open 2nd Congressional District in California. The CTA represents more than 325,000 public school teachers, counselors, librarians, and other non-supervisory professionals, making it California's largest professional employee organization.
Public education is a core value for Huffman and a top priority in his bid for Congress. He promises to fight for increased federal funding for special education under IDEA, and to reform the rigid, punitive, and underfunded “No Child Left Behind” policy. Huffman’s direct personal connection to public education includes the fact that he is a product of public schools, as well as a public school parent and is married to a teacher.
The CTA is added to a long list of organizations and educators endorsing Huffman’s congressional campaign, including the California Federation of Teachers, California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, and more than 50 national, state, and local educational leaders. Additionally, Jared was recently honored as “Legislator of the Year” by California’s County School Superintendents Association (CCSESA).
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.