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Marin, Sonoma, Humboldt, Mendocino, Del Norte, Trinity Counties, CA November 6, 2012 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Jared Huffman

Candidate for
United States Representative; District 2

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Since his election to the Assembly in November 2006, Jared Huffman has earned respect as a legislator who tackles complex public policy challenges, works tirelessly, and gets results. Often he does so by reaching across the aisle to forge consensus on seemingly intractable issues.

His top legislative priorities include protecting the environment and creating new jobs through policies that grow our economy, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and combat climate change.

Jared has overcome the gridlock in Sacramento to become one of the state's most prolific lawmakers, passing more than 50 pieces of successful legislation in his first five years as a legislator, from bipartisan water reforms and protections for the Delta, to promoting renewable energy, to protecting our children from toxic chemicals.

He champions common-sense solutions that address some of the state's toughest challenges such as improving our broken health care system. Jared is joint author of one of the most important health care reform bills in years, AB 52, which requires health insurance companies to get approval from California's Insurance Commissioner before raising their rates in order to protect consumers and small businesses from skyrocketing health insurance premiums.

Prior to the Assembly, Jared served for six years as a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) where he helped forge a settlement to restore flows and salmon to 153 miles of the San Joaquin River. Prior to joining NRDC, Jared was a successful public interest attorney, whose victories include several major gender and race discrimination cases.

For over 20 years, Jared has been committed to community and public service in the North Bay, including twelve years on the board of Marin County's largest special district, the Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD).

Jared graduated cum laude from Boston College Law School after attending the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he graduated magna cum laude and was a three-time NCAA All-American volleyball player. He was a member of the USA Volleyball Team in 1987 when the team was ranked #1 in the world.

He previously chaired the Committee on Water, Parks & Wildlife and the Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials Committee. He serves on the Pacific Fisheries Legislative Task Force, Wildlife Conservation Board, Central Valley Flood Protection Board, and National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.

Jared lives with his wife Susan and their two children, Abby (age 12) and Nathan (age 9). In his free time Jared enjoys all types of fishing, as well as tennis and home winemaking.

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