Senator Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) has been elected Senate Republican Leader following a vote of the Senate Republican Caucus. The 29th District Senator, who previously served as Republican Caucus Leader and Vice Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, was a unanimous selection to succeed Senator Bob Dutton.
“I’d like to thank my Senate Republican colleagues for their unwavering support and look forward to working with Majority Leader Darrell Steinberg and the Governor on the state budget and other issues facing California,” said Senator Huff. “The Governor has indicated that he will work with Republicans when possible, and Senate Republicans are open to compromise and crafting true, bipartisan solutions.”
Senator Huff was first elected to the State Assembly in 2004 after serving nine years on the Diamond Bar City Council, including two stints as Mayor. He was later elected to serve the 29th Senate District in 2008.
Senator Huff was recognized as Legislator of the Year in 2011 by the League of California Cities, Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, the California Business Properties Association, the American Council of Engineering Companies, California and the Inland Empire Caucus, which serves citizens with disabilities. He was also recognized as the 2011 Job Champion of Anaheim by the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce and received a perfect score in the 2011 California Chamber of Commerce Legislative Scorecard.
One of Senator Huff’s proudest accomplishments is getting SB161 signed into law in 2011, which places the health and welfare of California schoolchildren first, by allowing trained volunteers to administer emergency medication to students with epilepsy when they suffer a seizure at school.