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Bob Huff

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Bob Huff
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California State Senate District 29
Incumbent
In office
2008-Present
Term ends
December 2012
Years in position 6
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$95,290.56/year
Per diem$141.86/day for each day in session
Elections and appointments
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limits2 terms
Prior offices
California State Assembly
2005-2010
Mayor, City of Diamond Bar
1997, 2001
Education
Bachelor'sWestmont College
Personal
Place of birthCalexico, CA
ProfessionBusiness Owner
ReligionProtestant
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Bob Huff (b. 1953) is a Republican member of the California State Senate. He represents California's 29th Senate District and currently serves as Minority Leader.

Huff was elected to the state senate in November 2008. 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 has a B.A. in Psychology from Westmont College.

He is married to Mei Mei Huff and they have four children.

Huff is running for re-election in 2012.

Issues

Taxes

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]

Committee assignments

2011-2012

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

  • Subcommittee on Sustainable School Facilities

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Huff is running for 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 and will face each other in the general election on November 6, 2012.[10][11]

2008

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.[12] 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

2010 (Off-cycle)

2008

In 2008 Huff raised $963,990 in campaign donations. Four of his top donors are listed below.[13]

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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29th district profile

Map of District 29

California Senate District 29 includes parts of three counties. It includes the San Gabriel Foothills and both sides of the hill ranges separating Orange and Los Angeles Counties.

Over half of the district's population resides in Los Angeles County ranging from La Crescenta-Montrose to Diamond Bar and the Foothill cities of Arcadia, Monrovia, Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, and Claremont. The district also includes Walnut and La Habra Heights and the unincorporated areas of Rowland Heights and Hacienda Heights.

The cities of Chino and Chino Hills in San Bernardino County are part of the district.

The rest of the district is in Orange County, including all of Brea, Yorba Linda, La Habra, and Placentia, and part of Anaheim, in the Anaheim Foothills stretching toward Riverside County.[14]

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