Bob Huff

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Bob Huff
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California State Senate District 29
In office
Term ends
December 5, 2016
Years in position 6
Minority Leader
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
California State Assembly
Mayor, City of Diamond Bar
1997, 2001
Bachelor'sWestmont College
Place of birthCalexico, CA
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Bob Huff (b. 1953) is a Republican member of the California State Senate, representing District 29. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. He currently serves as Minority Leader.

Prior to joining the senate, he served for four years in the California State Assembly from 2004-2008. He was a member of the Diamond Bar City Council from 1995-2004 and served two terms as mayor of Diamond Bar.


Huff earned his B.A. in Psychology from Westmont College.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Huff served on the following committees:

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Joint Rules


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Huff serves on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Huff served on these committees:



Sen. Tony Strickland blasted Democrats in June 2011 for not committing the recently discovered $6.6 billion additional state tax revenues to public safety and education. Public safety and education groups are the two in the state claiming to be hit the hardest with cuts. Strickland said it does not appear the money was spent wisely.

“Democrats would like to claim that this budget is about public safety and education,” Strickland said. “Let’s be clear: You can make no mistake that this budget is not about protecting public safety or education. If you extend these taxes, it’s going to mean more people out of work at a time when people can least afford it. If you vote for this, it will actually be a full year of tax increases even if people in September vote it down.”

In 2011, Republicans blocked the passage of a tax bill requiring a two-thirds vote (AB X1 18).

Immediately following the failed tax vote, Sen. President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg brought up a bill (SB 1X 23) that housed his local taxation bill (SB 653) and would allow local governments to bring local tax opportunities to a vote.

“I believe that it is another club to use over Republicans and our constituencies, saying, if you don’t do this bridge tax, if you don’t raise the taxes of people that have already said no, then we are going to have all these different taxes,” said Republican Sen. Bob Huff.

However Steinberg and other Democrats said they planned to allow local governments to fund their own public programs, especially if Republicans and voters rejected the tax extensions in 2011. Senate Bill 653 was a bargaining tool to get Republicans to go along with Jerry Brown’s tax extensions.

Under SB 653, local governments could pass local taxes increases on not just goods and services, but also on income taxes. In the course of the 2011 session, Democrats said they would create a local car tax, additional business taxes, property taxes and many different excise taxes on cigarettes, liquor, soda and even locally sold medical marijuana.[1]

Spending transparency

Huff is a sponsor of Senate Bill 719 which would require each state department and agency to publish a website that provides details on expenditures in a searchable format. He says, "Transparency is an essential component of democracy and allows taxpayers to hold public officials accountable for their actions. More public scrutiny will help reduce impropriety in dealing with taxpayer dollars - be it perceived or real."[2]

Legislative scorecard

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score.[3][4]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Huff ranked as a 9.[5]



See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Huff won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Senate District 29. He and Greg Diamond (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. Huff was victorious in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

California State Senate, District 29, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert "Bob" Huff Incumbent 55.1% 160,912
     Democratic Greg Diamond 44.9% 131,228
Total Votes 292,140


In 2008 Huff was elected to the California State Senate, District 29. He finished with 178,155 votes and was followed by Joseph Lyons with 127,536 votes and Jill Stone with 21,983 votes.[8] Huff raised $963,990 for his campaign fund.

California State Senate, District 29
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bob Huff (R) 178,155
Joseph Lyons (D) 127,536
Jill Stone (L) 21,983

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Huff is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Huff raised a total of $3,671,444 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.[9]

Bob Huff's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Senate, District 29 Won $1,169,601
2010 California State Senate, District 29 Not up for election $426,313
2008 California State Senate, District 29 Won $963,990
2006 California State Assembly, District 60 Won $507,101
2004 California State Assembly, District 60 Won $498,250
1998 California State Assembly, District 60 Won $106,189
Grand Total Raised $3,671,444


Huff won re-election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Huff raised a total of $1,169,601.
California State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bob Huff's campaign in 2012
California Association of Realtors$15,100
California Chamber of Commerce$13,200
California Medical Association$11,250
California Building Industry Association$11,200
California Dental Association$11,000
Total Raised in 2012$1,169,601
Source:Follow the Money

2010 (Off-cycle)

California State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bob Huff's campaign in 2010
Peace Officers Research Association Of California$12,900
Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers$10,950
Pechanga Band Of Luiseno Mission Indians$7,800
Total Raised in 2010 $426,313


In 2008 Huff raised $963,990 in campaign donations. Four of his top donors are listed below.[10]

Donor Amount
Eli Lilly & Co. $8,200
Farmers Insurance Group $8,190
California Steel Industries $7,200
Jeffrey S. Burum Enterprises $7,200


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In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[11]


In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[12]


Huff and his wife, Mei Mei Huff, have four children.

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