Rep. John Huffman comes to the Oregon Legislature after years of raising a family, running businesses and serving his community in The Dalles.
John was born the youngest of three children to Elwyn and Buena Huffman. He was raised in Missouri, where Buena served as a long-time church pastor.
In 1978, John joined the U.S. Army and served his country until a severe back injury forced him to be honorably discharged. He moved to The Dalles in 1984, and a few years later, married his wife Korina.
John and Korina have raised eight children in The Dalles and currently have 13 grandchildren. Their kids have attended local public schools and colleges.
John took over Q-104 radio in The Dalles in 1985, and built it into a popular and successful radio station. John later acquired minority ownership in the radio station, which he sold in March 2007.
Recognized as a leader in the industry, John served on the board of the Oregon Association of Broadcasters (OAB). In 2001, he served as the association’s chairman.
As the association’s liaison to the Oregon National Guard, John joined military and broadcast industry leaders on two trips to Europe and the Middle East. During that time, Q-104 listeners were treated to John’s reporting on military training and his visits with U.S. ambassadors in Vienna, Austria and Cairo, Egypt.
John has operated several businesses outside the broadcasting industry, including 12 years as a manager of a 30-acre pear orchard in Parkdale. He also started, operated and sold a sign business, Sign Pro, in The Dalles. He recently opened Auto Fix, a business to professionally recondition vehicle bumpers for auto dealers.
John is an active member of The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, and has served on its Economic Development Committee. He helped efforts to attract Google to the Port of The Dalles, as well as to develop the National Scenic Area Discovery Center. As an appointee to the Bi-State Advisory Council, he helped direct millions of dollars in grants and loans to economic development projects throughout the Columbia River Gorge. John also co-chaired a committee to site a new middle school in The Dalles.
As a disabled veteran, John has been very active on veterans’ issues. He notably assisted efforts to secure federal funding for the Oregon Veterans Home and National Guard Armory in The Dalles.
In 2003, John and his station received the Oregon Bankers Association’s Community Applause Award for exemplary service to the community.
John is currently serving on a number of committees at the Capitol:
Co-Chair of House Education Committee; Co-Chair of Ways & Means Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development; House Veterans Committee; joint committee on Legislative Audits, Information Management and Technology. He also has been appointed to the Oregon Workforce Investment Board, On-Line Learning Task Force, IT Workgroup and Hanford Clean-up Board. Additionally, he is the House Deputy Whip and is mentoring new candidates.