Jared Huffman has distinguished himself as a champion for the environment and clean energy throughout his career. He was elected to the California State Assembly in 2006, and during his tenure he has authored and passed bills to protect oceans and water quality, implement clean energy alternatives, promote green chemistry practices and reduce toxic chemical pollution. As a state legislator, Huffman has earned a 100% lifetime score on the California League of Conservation Voters California Environmental Scorecard, and has received countless awards and honors including CLCV’s Environmental Leadership Award.
As a state assemblyman, Huffman chaired the Committee on Water, Parks & Wildlife and previously chaired the Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials Committee. He served on the Pacific Fisheries Legislative Task Force, Wildlife Conservation Board, Central Valley Flood Protection Board, and National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.
He began his career in 1994 serving on the board of the Marin Municipal Water District, including serving as President of the board three times. He was also a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Huffman joins the U.S. House to fill the seat of retiring Representative Lynn Woolsey, a ten-term environmental leader in Congress with a 96% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard through 2011.
In his own words:
"I am not a candidate whose ‘positions’ include protecting the environment; I am a lifelong environmentalist whose environmental values and priorities are what led me to public office in the first place."
Source: LCV 2011-2012 Congressional Questionnaire