Jared Huffman

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Jared Huffman
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U.S. House, California, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorWally Herger (R)
Compensation
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
2006-2012
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of California (Santa Barbara)
J.D.Boston College
Personal
BirthdayFeb. 18, 1964
Place of birthIndependence, Missouri
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$462,509
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Jared Huffman is a Democratic member of the U.S. House, representing the 2nd Congressional District of California. He was first elected in 2012. He previously represented District 6 of the California State Assembly from 2006 to 2012. [1]

Huffman was ineligible to run for re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012 due to term limits. He instead ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, seeking to represent California's 2nd District. Huffman won the election.[1]

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]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Huffman serves on the following committees:[3]

State House

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

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 responed, "Environmental protection greenhouse gas reduction, health care reform, increased funding and improved accountability in public education."[4]

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. [5],[6]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Huffman ranked as a 100, along with eight other Democratic members of the state assembly.[7]

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.[8],[9]

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

2012

Huffman's campaign website listed the following issues:[10]

  • 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."

Elections

2012

Huffman won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 2nd District.[1][11] 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.[12][13]

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"

2010

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.[14][15]

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

2008

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.[16] Huffman raised $485,476 for his campaign fund.[17]

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.[18]

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

2012

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.[19]

2010

In 2010, Huffman raised $629,919 in contributions. [20]

His four largest contributors were:

2008

Below are Huffman's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[21]


Analysis

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.[22]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - 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.[23]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Wally Herger
U.S. House, California, District 2
January 3, 2013-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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California State Assembly District 6
2006–2012
Succeeded by
Beth Gaines (R)