|California State Senate District 29|
|December 5, 2016|
|Years in position||6|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Term limits||2 terms (8 years)|
|California State Assembly|
|Mayor, City of Diamond Bar|
|Place of birth||Calexico, CA|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Personal
- 7 Recent news
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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.
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:
|California Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Education, Vice-chair|
|• Governance and Finance, Vice-chair|
|• Transportation and Housing|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Huff served on these committees:
|California Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Transportation and Housing, Vice-chair|
|• Education, Vice-chair|
|• Public Safety|
|• Natural Resources and Water|
|• Joint Legislative Budget|
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.
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."
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.
On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Huff ranked as a 9.
- 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.
|California State Senate, District 29, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Robert "Bob" Huff Incumbent||55.1%||160,912|
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. Huff raised $963,990 for his campaign fund.
|California State Senate, District 29|
|Bob Huff (R)||178,155|
|Joseph Lyons (D)||127,536|
|Jill Stone (L)||21,983|
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.
|Bob Huff's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||California State Senate, District 29||$1,169,601|
|2010||California State Senate, District 29||$426,313|
|2008||California State Senate, District 29||$963,990|
|2006||California State Assembly, District 60||$507,101|
|2004||California State Assembly, District 60||$498,250|
|1998||California State Assembly, District 60||$106,189|
|Grand Total Raised||$3,671,444|
2012Huff 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|
|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.
|Eli Lilly & Co.||$8,200|
|Farmers Insurance Group||$8,190|
|California Steel Industries||$7,200|
|Jeffrey S. Burum Enterprises||$7,200|
Huff and his wife, Mei Mei Huff, have four children.
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- California State Legislature
- California State Senate
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- California State Senate District 29
- Official campaign website
- Bob Huff's personal website
- Official website of State Senator Bob Huff
- Profile from Open States
- Campaign contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 1998
- Vote California profile of Bob Huff
- List of Senate bills sponsored by Huff
- Bob Huff's Facebook account
- "Bridge Tax Fails; Local Tax Passes," CalWatchdog.org June 13, 2010
- Chino Hills News, "Bob Huff announced Taxpayer Transparency Act, April 16, 2009
- Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard," December 17, 2009
- Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene," December 18, 2009
- Capitol Weekly, "2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
- "Follow the Money," "Huff, Robert (Bob)," Accessed September 17, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign donations," accessed March 13, 2014
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