Bob Huff, Senator (Ret.)
Served as the Senate Republican Leader in the California State Senate and represented the 29th Senate District
Mei Mei Huff, CPA
A dynamic and accomplished international business professional
After completing an MBA from St. John’s University in New York, Mei Mei Huff obtained her CPA license in California and worked for Arthur Andersen as an auditor and tax consultant. Her clients included utilities, hospitalities, hospitals, banks, and real estate companies. After serving with Arthur Andersen for almost five years, she started and ran her own CPA accounting firm for 10 years, then tailored her services to specialize in business development, marketing and consulting. Mei Mei has served as Director of Foreign Trade for the Industry Manufacturers Council, and for the past seventeen years has served as Vice President of Asian Operations and International Marketing for Pacific Palms Resort in the City of Industry. Her work experience spans not only California and the rest of the United States, but the Far East as well.
Mei Mei has spent most of her adult life giving back to the communities in which she has lived. With the San Gabriel Valley being home to the largest concentration of Asians in America, Mei Mei’s volunteer work has been in both the mainstream and Chinese communities. Mei Mei has served as an active board member of numerous non-profit and community organizations, including Chinese American CPA Association, Inter-Community Hospital, Diamond Bar Sister City Association, Soochow University Alumni Association, Pacific Rim MBS Association, Southern California Chinese Computer Association, Walnut Family Festival, Hacienda Heights Lions Club, Mt. San Antonio College Foundation, Rowland Heights Chinese Association and the Walnut-San Dimas Sheriff Advisory Board.
A community leader, Mei Mei Huff is a frequent guest of Chinese media outlets and has hosted a radio program educating the Chinese community to state and federal policies and politics.
For the past twelve years Mei Mei has been the principal, but non-paid liaison to the Chinese community from the office of Assemblyman and Senator Bob Huff’s office. Her networking within the Asian community directly led to the creation of the Heritage School Act, SB??, SJR 23 that calls upon US Congress to formally apologize for the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and SCR 10 that recognized the importance of the Lunar New Year celebrations by Asian communities. Mei Mei Huff also played a key role helping Jiangsu Province become California’s official Sister Province.
An immigrant professional fluent in three languages, Mei Mei Huff is a highly sought after consultant.
Bob Huff served as the Senate Republican Leader in the California State Senate and represented the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties. He is an experienced businessman and an accomplished legislator who advocated for streamlining government regulations that strangle job creation.
Senator Huff has had legislation signed into law guaranteeing more funding for public charter schools. He has also led efforts to continue the Standard Testing and Reporting (STAR) program for second graders and fought for parents' right to choose the best school for their children. Senator Huff has been a leader in expanding school choice for parents and students, including three reauthorizations of the School District of Choice program, the creation of the Open Enrollment Act and the nationally recognized “Parent Trigger” law.
In 2010, Senator Huff had SB 121 signed into law that protects private after school programs that tutor children in schoolwork, as well as teach foreign language and culture. One of his proudest accomplishments is getting SB 161 signed into law in 2011, which allows trained volunteers to administer emergency medication to students with epilepsy when they suffer a seizure at school.
Assemblyman and Senator
The Senate Republican Leader Emeritus has served in a number of other key leadership positions within the Senate, including Republican Caucus Chair and Vice-Chair of the Senate Budget Committee. In the Assembly from 2004-2008, Bob Huff also held leadership positions of Whip, and Republican Caucus Chairman.
A resident of Diamond Bar, Bob Huff served on the City Council from 1995-2004, and was chosen by his colleagues to serve as Mayor in 1997 and 2001. Prior to the City Council, Huff served on the Diamond Bar Planning Commission, the Diamond Bar General Plan Advisory Committee, and was a founding member of the Tres Hermanos Conservation Authority. With a focus on transportation issues, Bob Huff was Diamond Bar's delegate to the Four Corners Transportation Policy Group and was Vice President of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments. He was President of the Foothill Transit Executive Board, and founding Chairman and Executive Board Member of the Alameda Corridor East Construction Authority (ACE).
Bob Huff attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, graduating with honors.
Senator Huff has been recognized with high rankings on many legislative scorecards as well as Legislator of the Year by numerous influential industry groups:
LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR RECOGNITION
League of California Cities
Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse
California Business Properties Association
American Council of Engineering Companies
California and the Inland Empire Caucus (serving the disabled)
Senator Huff has also been recognized for his efforts to protect local control, his legislative work on behalf of the industrial real estate industry and his tireless efforts to improve the business and jobs climate in California. He was recognized as the 2011 Job Champion by the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, received a perfect score on the California Chamber of Commerce Legislative Scorecard and received a 100% ranking on the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Legislative Scorecard.
In 2000, Bob Huff was recognized by The Los Angeles Times as one of the "Most Influential People" for his work in shaping the Inland Valley communities.
100% or A RATINGS FROM THE FOLLOWING
California Taxpayers Association
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
California Chamber of Commerce
National Federation of Independent Businesses
California Farm Bureau Federation
California Manufacturers and Technology Association