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Jared Huffman
U.S. House, California, District 2
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorWally Herger (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,449,512
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly District 6
Bachelor'sUniversity of California (Santa Barbara)
J.D.Boston College
Date of birthFeb. 18, 1964
Place of birthIndependence, Missouri
Net worth$462,509
Office website
Campaign website
Jared Huffman is a Democratic member of the U.S. House, representing California's 2nd congressional district. He was first elected in 2012, defeating Daniel Roberts (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Huffman previously represented District 6 of the California State Assembly from 2006 to 2012. [1] He was ineligible to run for re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012 due to term limits.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Huffman is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.


Huffman worked as a Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council from 2001-2006, and has been a Managing Partner with The Legal Solutions Group, LLP, Managing Partner with Boyd, Huffman & Williams, and Associate Attorney with McCutchen, Doyle, Brown, & Enersen.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Huffman's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1986: Graduated from University of California-Santa Barbara with B.A.
  • 1990: Graduated from Boston College with J.D.
  • 2001-2006: Senior attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • 2006-2012: California State Assembly
  • 2013-Present: U.S Representative from California

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Huffman serves on the following committees:[4]

State House


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Huffman served on these committees:


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


Political courage test

Huffman provided answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. When asked his legislative priorities he responded, "Environmental protection greenhouse gas reduction, health care reform, increased funding and improved accountability in public education."[5]

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. [6],[7]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Huffman ranked as a 100, along with eight other Democratic members of the state assembly.[8]

Proposition 2

In the aftermath of Proposition 2's victory, Huffman introduced a bill in the state legislature to require that Prop 2's provisions apply to all eggs sold in the state, regardless of where the eggs are laid. AB 1437 also would have given the California Department of Health the responsibility to write regulations specifying what living quarters are acceptable for hens. The Humane Society of the United States and egg-farmers both opposed the bill.[9],[10]

Huffman's other sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 1187 - Safe, Clean, Reliable Drinking Water Supply
  • AB 1326 - Voter registration: action to compel registration
  • AB 1437 - Shelled eggs: sale for human consumption

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Campaign themes


Huffman's campaign website listed the following issues:[11]

  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "Every candidate talks about jobs, but Jared is the only one who has delivered on public policies that are spurring investment, quality jobs and economic growth. Jared is working to do even more this year by authoring an innovative package of bills that will attract and retain clean manufacturing jobs, keep public works projects moving, and support small businesses throughout California"
  • Education
Excerpt: "Education is more than a campaign issue for Jared. As the father of two children in our public schools and the husband of a teacher, he understands education from a direct, personal perspective and is committed to ensuring that every child has access to a quality education. That’s why he is endorsed by leading educators throughout the district and was recently honored as “Legislator of the Year” by county school superintendents"
  • Energy and Environment
Excerpt: "There’s a reason why Jared has received every environmental group endorsement in this race: he is a proven environmental champion. Jared understands that our economy, public health and national security depend on creating clean energy jobs and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels through new federal policies"
  • Healthcare Reform
Excerpt: "Making quality healthcare more affordable and accessible for individuals, families and employers is one of the most important policy challenges facing our state and nation. Jared has consistently stood up to big health insurance companies who put profits above our healthcare needs."
  • Sensible Debt Reduction
Excerpt: "Our $15 trillion national debt must be confronted immediately, but we must do so in a sensible and balanced way that doesn’t harm seniors or put our fragile economic recovery at risk."



Huffman won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 2nd District.[1][12] He and Daniel Roberts (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Andy Caffrey (D), William Courtney (D), Larry Fritzlan (D), Susan Adams (D), Stacey Lawson (D), Tiffany Renee (D), Norman Solomon (D), Mike Halliwell (R), Brooke Clarke (Ind), and John Lewallen (Ind). They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election.[13][14]

U.S. House, California District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJared Huffman 71.2% 226,216
     Republican Daniel W. Roberts 28.8% 91,310
Total Votes 317,526
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

U.S. House, California District 2 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJared Huffman (D) 37.5% 63,922
Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Roberts (R) 15% 25,635
Norman Solomon (D) 14.9% 25,462
Stacey Lawson (D) 9.9% 16,946
Susan Adams (D) 8.2% 14,041
Mike Halliwell (R) 5.9% 10,008
Brooke Clarke (NPP) 2.2% 3,715
Tiffany Renee (D) 1.8% 3,033
John Lewallen (NPP) 1.5% 2,488
William Courtney (D) 1.4% 2,385
Andy Caffrey (D) 1% 1,737
Larry Fritzlan (D) 0.7% 1,151
Total Votes 170,523


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Huffman won re-election to the 6th District Seat in 2010. He advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Patrick WM. Connally in the June 8 primary, receiving 47,026 votes to Connally's 10,016. He then defeated Republican Robert Louis Stephens in the November 2 general election.[15][16]

California State Assembly, District 6 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJared Huffman Incumbent 70.5% 119,753
     Republican Robert Louis Stephens 29.5% 50,218
Total Votes 169,971

Primary election

California State Assembly, District 6 Democratic Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJared Huffman Incumbent 82.4% 47,026
Patrick WM. Connally 17.6% 10,016
Total Votes 57,042


In 2008 Huffman was re-elected to the California State Assembly District 6. Huffman (D) finished with 145,142 votes and was followed by Paul Lavery (D) with 50,053 votes and Timothy Hannon (L) with 13,790 votes.[17] Huffman raised $485,476 for his campaign fund.[18]

California State Assembly District 6, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJared Huffman Incumbent 69.5% 145,142
     Republican Paul Lavery 24% 50,053
     Libertarian Timothy Hannon 6.6% 13,790
Total Votes 208,985

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Huffman is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Huffman raised a total of $1,449,512 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[19]

Jared Huffman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 2) Won $1,449,512
Grand Total Raised $1,449,512


Breakdown of the source of Huffman's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Huffman won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Huffman's campaign committee raised a total of $1,449,962 and spent $1,262,439.[20]


In 2010, Huffman raised $629,919 in contributions. [21]

His four largest contributors were:


Below are Huffman's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[22]

California State Assembly District 6 2008 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jared Huffman's campaign in 2008
California State Council of Service Employees$14,400
CA Medical Assoc$14,400
California Teachers Association$14,400
California State Council Of Laborers$10,800
CA Professional Fire Fighters$8,041
Total Raised in 2008 $485,476


Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Huffman missed 4 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 4.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[23]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Huffman's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $200,018 and $725,000. That averages to $462,509, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.[24]

Voting with party


The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Huffman has voted with the Democratic Party 96.7% of the time. This ranked 39th among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.[25]

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  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named cnnr
  2. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Huffman
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Jared Huffman," Accessed June 12, 2013
  4. - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  5. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Huffman Issue Positions
  6. Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard", December 17, 2009
  7. Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene", December 18, 2009
  8. Capitol Weekly", Downloadable 2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard
  9. Press Democrat, "Egg farmers seek guidelines for hen confinement", June 22, 2009
  10. Sacramento Bee, "Lawmaker to drop California bill on hen cages", July 10, 2009
  11. Campaign website, Issues
  12. Watch Sonoma County, "New political maps force North Coast politicians to adjust plans," August 16, 2011
  13. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  14. Unofficial election results
  15. California House primary results
  16. Sacramento Bee, California Assembly General election results
  17. California State Assembly election results 6
  18. Campaign funds
  19. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Jared Huffman," Accessed March 22, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Jared Huffman 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  21. 2010 contributions
  22. Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
  23. GovTrack, "Jared Huffman," Accessed April 2, 2013
  24., "Huffman, (D-Cali), 2011"
  25. Open Congress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Wally Herger
U.S. House, California, District 2
January 3, 2013-Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 6
Succeeded by
Beth Gaines (R)