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Jared Huffman
Jared and family in 2009

Member of the California State Assembly
from the 6th district
Assumed office 
December 4, 2006
Preceded by Joe Nation

Born February 18, 1964 (1964-02-18) (age 45)
Independence, Missouri
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence San Rafael, California
Alma mater University of California, Santa Barbara
Boston College Law School
Occupation politician
Profession consumer attorney
Website Assemblymember Jared Huffman

Jared Huffman (born February 18, 1964, Independence, Missouri) is the assemblyman for California's 6th State Assembly district, which includes all of Marin and southern Sonoma counties. Huffman is Chairman of the Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife Committee and also chairs the Assembly Environmental Caucus.


Education and personal background

Huffman received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science magna cum laude from University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was a three-time All-American volleyball player. He went on to graduate cum laude from Boston College Law School in 1990.[1]

Huffman was a member of the World Champion USA Volleyball Team in 1987.

Legal career

Huffman became a consumer attorney specializing in public interest cases. Among his court victories was an historic case on behalf of the National Organization for Women, which required all California State University campuses to comply with Title IX, creating new athletic opportunities for thousands of female scholar-athletes throughout California.

Huffman was also a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Local offices

Huffman was also a publicly-elected Director of the Marin Municipal Water District for twelve years.

Legislative career

Huffman won the Democratic nomination for the 6th district in a hotly-contested primary in June 2006 in which he surprised the political establishment with a victory over opponents Pamela Torliatt, a Petaluma city councilwoman, and Cynthia Murray, a Marin County Supervisor who was initially considered the frontrunner. Huffman also defeated Assistant State Attorney General Damon Connelly, Marin County Democratic Chairman John Alden, and sociologist Alex Easton-Brown.

Huffman defeated Republican opponent Dr. Michael Hartnett by a more than 2:1 margin in the general election on November 7, 2006.

Upon his swearing-in on December 4, 2006, Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez immediately named Huffman Chairman of the Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials. In August 2008, the new Assembly Speaker Karen Bass named Huffman to Chair the Water, Parks & Wildlife Committee. In his first two-year term as a legislator, Huffman authored and passed more 20 pieces of legislation.

Huffman faced two opponents in the November 2008 general election: Republican Paul Lavery and Libertarian Timothy Hannan. He won with 70% of the vote and the 137,873 votes he received were among the most by any California Assembly candidate in 2008. In the Democratic primary, Huffman was unopposed and received 57,213 votes - the most of any California Assemblymember in that election.


External links

California Assembly
Preceded by
Joe Nation
California State Assemblyman, 6th District
2006 – Present
Succeeded by


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