November 22, 2012 – San Rafael, CA: Today Congressman-elect Jared Huffman (D- CA 2) joined a bipartisan chorus of leaders who have condemned violent rocket attacks on Israel by Hamas and Palestinian militants in Gaza, while affirming Israel’s right to defend itself against such attacks.
“The barrage of rocket attacks by Hamas and Islamic Jihad against innocent civilians in Israel is reprehensible and I firmly support the right of Israel to defend its people against such violent attacks,” said Huffman. “With so much turmoil and uncertainty in the Middle East, the need for direct Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations leading to a two state solution is greater than ever before. That cannot happen if Hamas or its affiliates continue their violent rocket attacks. I’m encouraged by the ceasefire brokered by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, and I’m hopeful that the new Egyptian regime will use its leverage with Hamas to ensure not just a lasting ceasefire, but a new commitment to peace in the region.”
About Jared Huffman
Jared Huffman is Congressman-elect for California’s 2nd Congressional District, which covers the North Coast from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border. He was elected in November with more than 70% of the vote. From 2006 to 2012, Huffman represented Marin and Sonoma Counties in the State Assembly. Prior to joining the Assembly, Huffman was a Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). He started his political career as a Director of the Marin Municipal Water District (MWWD) in 1994 and served 12 years on that board, including three terms as Board President.
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. 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.