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U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 2

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Jared Huffman

U.S. Representative
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Delivering results on critical infrastructure and other district priorities despite political gridlock in Washington
  • Continuing to be one of the top champions in Congress on bold climate action and environmental protection, including environmental justice
  • Defending our democracy, the rule of law, and our civil and personal rights against unprecedented attacks from rightwing extremists. This includes women's reproductive rights and LGBTQ equality.

Experience

Experience

Profession:US Representative, California District 2
Board Member, Marin Municipal Water District — Elected position (1994–2006)

Education

Boston College Law School J.D. (cum laude), Law (1990)
University of California, Santa Barbara B.A. (magna cum laude), Political Science (1986)

Biography

 

I’m cutting through Washington’s dysfunction to deliver results for our communities.  I’ve delivered major funding for vital local projects - from wetlands and salmon restoration projects, to public transit and expanded bicycle and pedestrian pathways, to community health clinics, to the long-overdue dredging of local navigation channels.  I recently helped pass the largest-ever federal investment in wildfire preparedness, including new programs for healthier, more resilient forests and grants for local communities to develop microgrids, fire evacuation routes, and other resiliency projects. 

 

I worked to pass the American Rescue Plan that funded the most successful vaccine rollout in history, got urgent economic relief to families and businesses, and lifted our economy out of recession.  

 

Despite partisan division, I’ve found ways to work across the aisle.  I played a key role in negotiating and passing historic infrastructure legislation that provides nearly a trillion dollars to upgrade roads, bridges and water systems, build a national EV charging network and expand rural broadband; and led a bipartisan coalition that secured $2.5 billion in IDEA special education funding. 

I'm leading the fight to ban offshore drilling and there is no stronger voice in Congress for bold climate action.  I’m also spearheading legislation on voting rights, LGBTQ equality, reproductive choice, gun violence prevention, prescription drug reform, universal childcare and other core values. 

 

A generational change is underway in Congress.  As a senior member of the Natural Resources and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees, I’ll have an even stronger voice in coming years.  I’ll keep working to deliver results. 

 

I would be honored by your vote.  For more information please visit www.jaredhuffman.com

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)

What legislation, if any, would you support to reduce American greenhouse gas production?  Please explain the reasons for your position.
Answer from Jared Huffman:

I played a key role in negotiating and passing out of the House the Build Back Better Act, which includes the largest investment in clean energy and climate action in American history.  I also worked to include several key climate resiliency provisions in the American Investment and Jobs Act, which was signed into law last November.  Finally, I am lead author on numerous bills to advance bold climate solutions, including the Keep it in the Ground Act, the Sustainable International Financial Institutions Act, and many others.  I have been chosen to represent Congress in delegations to the two most recent global climate conferences (Glasgow and Madrid) and was appointed to the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.  There is no stronger voice in the Congress for bold climate action.

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why.
Answer from Jared Huffman:

Yes.  I have long supported comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for millions of law-abiding residents who deserve to have their legal status affirmed so that they can continue living with their families, working, and contributing to our communities.  I have also supported many incremental reforms, including the Dream Act to protect hundreds of thousands of residents who came to America as children, have built lives here and in many cases served in our military.  They should not have to live in fear of family separation and deportation.

As Congress Member what, if any, policies or legislation would you support to preserve democracy for all US residents?
Answer from Jared Huffman:

HR 1, the For the People Act is a bill I'm proud to cosponsor.  In addition, I've cosponsored the John Lewis Voting Rights Protection Act and many other bills to address the scourge of voter suppression and protect voting rights and election integrity.

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of projects and laws.  What, if any, new programs or projects or reforms to existing programs and projects would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
Answer from Jared Huffman:

My Future Drought Act, developed over several years with input from top western water managers, is a great example of forward-looking investments and policies that can make us resilient in the face of worsening water shortages due to climate change.  I'm proud that major provisions from this bill were included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act which was signed into law last November.  These type of investments - including water use efficiency, recycling, stormwater capture, groundwater management, desalination, and smart local storage - are the answer to solving our water problems without compromising environmental standards.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $496,321

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Employees of Non-profit Sector
$11,600
2
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
$10,000
2
CLEAN PAC
$10,000
2
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
$10,000
3
National Air Traffic Controllers Association
$9,000

More information about contributions

By State:

California 53.35%
District of Columbia 26.99%
Virginia 4.35%
Maryland 4.13%
Other 11.18%
53.35%26.99%11.18%

By Size:

Large contributions (92.47%)
Small contributions (7.53%)
92.47%

By Type:

From organizations (56.23%)
From individuals (43.77%)
56.23%43.77%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I’m cutting through Washington’s dysfunction to deliver results for our communities.  I’ve delivered major funding for vital local projects - from wetlands and salmon restoration projects, to public transit and expanded bicycle and pedestrian pathways, to community health clinics, to the long-overdue dredging of local navigation channels.  I recently helped pass the largest-ever federal investment in wildfire preparedness, including new programs for healthier, more resilient forests and grants for local communities to develop microgrids, fire evacuation routes, and other resiliency projects. 

 

I worked to pass the American Rescue Plan that funded the most successful vaccine rollout in history, got urgent economic relief to families and businesses, and lifted our economy out of recession.  

 

Despite partisan division, I’ve found ways to work across the aisle.  I played a key role in negotiating and passing historic infrastructure legislation that provides nearly a trillion dollars to upgrade roads, bridges and water systems, build a national EV charging network and expand rural broadband; and led a bipartisan coalition that secured $2.5 billion in IDEA special education funding. 

I'm leading the fight to ban offshore drilling and there is no stronger voice in Congress for bold climate action.  I’m also spearheading legislation on voting rights, LGBTQ equality, reproductive choice, gun violence prevention, prescription drug reform, universal childcare and other core values. 

 

A generational change is underway in Congress.  As a senior member of the Natural Resources and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees, I’ll have an even stronger voice in coming years.  I’ll keep working to deliver results. 

 

I would be honored by your vote.  For more information please visit www.jaredhuffman.com

 

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