In and of itself this is quite an accomplishment. But his ascension is also quite telling considering the minority position the Republicans find themselves in as well as the ongoing budget crisis.
Democrats in control of both houses of the Legislature, Huff quite likely finds himself in a delicate position when it comes to budget negotiations.
Yet, in his new capacity he has already expressed willingness to work with the governor and his party to find a solution to the state’s fiscal dilemma.
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Huff, a 1971 graduate of Imperial high, is known to pay regular visits to the Valley, which family members of his continue to call home. Huff’s roots in the Valley go back a long time — his ancestors were part of the Valley’s early settlers. He also was instrumental in getting state approval to rename a section of Highway 111 as the Imperial Valley Pioneers Expressway in honor of the Valley’s pioneering families.
A member of the state Legislature since 2004, initially as an Assembly member, Huff has come a long way since his days in the Valley.
And even though his career and passion have taken him elsewhere, Huff has stated on the occasions that he has returned to the Valley that he continues to feel “right at home” here.
Hardly a shrinking violet, Huff has managed to make quite a name for himself, too.
His name figures prominently among state legislators who expressed support for redevelopment agencies. Huff was also named the 2011 Legislator of the Year by the League of California Cities.
And while there may be a difference of opinion on what lawmakers on both sides of the fence should be doing on behalf of their constituents, as well as the state as a whole, many would agree Huff’s new position is not a job fit for just anyone. In that we regard, we take pride in Sen. Huff and wish him the best of luck as the Senate’s new GOP leader.
Imperial native Bob Huff named California Senate Republican leader.
Nice to see a local boy make good.
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