In Marin / CONVERSATION
IN COLLEGE, JARED Huffman was an all- American volleyball player; now, in his free time, he plays guitar and sings in a country and western band. Whatever 51-year-old Huffman does he seems
to do well — and often he does it in front of a
crowd. Now in his second term as the representative from California’s 2nd Congressional
District, Huffman, a Democrat, is playing
before his biggest crowd ever, and from all
accounts he’s doing it quite well.
Representing his district’s 685,000 people
in Congress is no easy task. Stretching from
the Golden Gate Bridge clear to the Oregon
border, a distance of more than 300 miles,
California’s 2nd District includes not only
Marin, but also all of Mendocino, Humboldt,
Trinity and Del Norte counties, plus much of
Sonoma County. Huffman certainly seems
up to the task; in his previous job in the
California Assembly (2006–2012) he authored
more than 60 pieces of legislation and gained a
rare reputation for forging bipartisan consen-
sus on challenging issues.
Huffman graduated magna cum laude from
the University of California, Santa Barbara
(that’s where he played volleyball), and cum
laude from Boston College Law School. He and
his wife, Susan, live in San Rafael with their
two children, Abby, 15, and Nate, 12.
How do you compare serving in the California
Assembly with serving in the U. S. House of
Representatives? It’s similar to the difference
between minor and major league baseball. I
am now in the arena on a much broader range
of issues and at the highest level — and along
with that comes a faster pace and a more
intense set of challenges, as well as some
amazing experiences and opportunities.
Is the increased workload, at times,
overwhelming? Actually, I’ve found a second
wind because there’s adrenaline that comes with
this job. You are constantly in motion, whether
it’s traveling coast-to-coast or, whatever coast
Marin’s congressman (formerly our assemblyman) discusses his increased workload,
the Trans-Pacific Partnership and playing basketball with President Barack Obama.
BY JIM WOOD • PHOTOS BY TIM PORTER
Huffman answers questions at Book
Passage in Corte Madera.