Jared Huffman was born on February 18, 1964, in Independence, Missouri. He earned a BA in political science from UC Santa Barbara in 1986, and a JD from Boston College Law School in 1990. In 1988 Huffman volunteered for Democrat Senator Paul Simon's presidential campaign, and three years later he was a member of the Northern California steering committee for Barbara Boxer's U.S. Senate bid. Professionally, Huffman was an associate attorney and/or managing partner with three law firms between 1990 and 2001, and was a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council from 2001-06. After subsequently serving six years in the California State Assembly, Huffman was elected in November 2012 to represent California's 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He continues to hold this seat and is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Huffman supported President Barack Obama's executive amnesty orders—i.e., “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA, 2012) and “Deferred Action for Parental Accountability” (DAPA, 2014)—which together shielded millions of illegals from potential deportation.
Huffman strongly favors: government-enforced affirmative action policies designed to compensate nonwhites and women for the effects of past and present discrimination; the notion that abortion should be regarded as an unrestricted right for all women and should be funded by federal government subsidies; a steeply progressive income-tax structure where high earners pay hugely disproprtionate rates; an expansion of Obamacare, with an incremental progression toward a single-payer system; and the implementation of carbon taxes, higher CAFE standards for automobiles, and massive federal funding for the research-and-development of wind and solar power.
By contrast, Huffman opposes: (a) the voluntary privatization of even a small portion of the Social Security program; (b) the expansion of the U.S. military or its budget, in light of Huffman's belief that taxpayer dollars can often be used to fund more important priorities like social welfare programs; and (c) school voucher initiatives that would empower low-income, inner-city parents to send their children to private schools rather than to the mostly abysmal public schools in their local neighborhoods.
On March 3, 2015, Huffman attended Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress regarding the gravity of the growing Iranian nuclear threat and his (Netanyahu's) “profound disagreement” with the “bad” nuclear deal that the Obama Administration was pursuing with Iran. In the course of his address, the prime minister repeatedly exhorted the U.S. to push for “a better deal that doesn’t leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure and such a short break-out time,” and “a better deal that keeps the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in place until Iran’s aggression ends.” Nevertheless, Huffman subsequently told reporters, inaccurately, that Netanyahu's position was that “we should give up on any diplomatic path.”
Huffman was one of dozens of Congressional Democrats who elected to boycott the January 20, 2017 inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. To view a complete list of those who chose to boycott the event, click here.
For an overview of Huffman's voting record on a variety of key issues, click here.