Local Elected Officials Endorse Dave Jones for Senate

Today, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Board President Nancy Bui-Thompson and Board Director Dave Tamayo announced their support for Dave Jones for State Senate. Jones is running in the open-seat race for the 6th State Senate District in 2022.

“California’s infrastructure is both a blessing and a curse, and if we take care of it and invest appropriately, it will drive the next century of innovation in our state,” said SMUD Board President Bui-Thompson. “Dave Jones understands the relationship between energy infrastructure, climate change and the environment, and businesses and communities. As a Senior Director for The Nature Conservancy and the Director of the Climate Risk Initiative at Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy and the Environment, Dave is uniquely qualified to help guide California’s energy future. I know that, as our State Senator, Dave will work to invest in renewable energy, combat climate change, and build a brighter future for our communities.”

“Everyone who knows Dave Jones knows that he is a force for positive change,” added SMUD Director Tamayo. “Dave has the rare ability to not only spot problems, but to find solutions. After Dave was elected to the City Council in 1999, he authored laws that required the development of affordable housing, established a living wage, recognized same-sex domestic partnerships, and provided funding to improve our local schools. In the State Assembly and as our state Insurance Commissioner, Dave never stopped working to help Sacramento residents. I support Dave Jones for State Senate because he is a visionary who delivers results that make a difference.”

Nancy Bui-Thompson is the president of the SMUD Board of Directors. Bui-Thompson served as the Board president in 2012 and 2016 and served as vice president in 2011, 2015 and 2020. She was first elected in November 2008 to represent the 215,000 constituents of Ward 2, which includes the communities of Folsom, Rancho Cordova, Gold River, Rancho Murieta, Galt, Wilton and Elk Grove. At the time of her election, she was the youngest ever to be elected to the SMUD Board and the first Vietnamese American elected in Sacramento County.

Dave Tamayo was elected to the SMUD Board in 2014 and reelected in 2018. He represents Ward 6, which includes the Meadowview, Oak Park, Parkway, Airport, and Valley Hi neighborhoods. Tamayo is an environmental scientist for Sacramento County and has served on a number of public boards and commissions, including the South Sacramento Planning Advisory Committee, the Sacramento Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District. Tamayo has lived in the Fruitridge Manor neighborhood of south Sacramento since 1989, where he raised his family and has long been active in community affairs.

Dave Jones began his career as a legal aid attorney, providing free legal assistance to the poor with Legal Services of Northern California. In 1995, he was one of only 13 Americans awarded the prestigious White House Fellowship. Dave served for three years as Special Assistant and Counsel to United States Attorney General Janet Reno.

As a Sacramento City Councilmember from 1999 to 2004, Dave authored groundbreaking laws requiring developers to build more affordable housing, paying workers a living wage, and recognizing domestic partnerships. Dave represented Sacramento in the State Assembly from 2004 through 2010, where he chaired the Assembly Health Committee, the Assembly Judiciary Committee, and the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. Dave authored 70 bills that were signed into law and was a champion for protecting consumers, expanding access to healthcare, building affordable housing, expanding early child education, protecting the environment, and fighting for working families.

Dave served as California’s seventh Insurance Commissioner between 2011 and 2018, where he worked on behalf of 38 million Californians. In this role, he saved consumers and businesses over $3.11 billion in premiums by regulating rates for auto, homeowners, and other property and casualty insurance. He also implemented healthcare reform, including market reforms to protect consumers and expanded access to health insurance. Since leaving office as Insurance Commissioner, Dave has worked to combat climate change as a Senior Director for The Nature Conservancy and as the Director of the Climate Risk Initiative at UC Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy and the Environment (CLEE).

Dave is a graduate of DePauw University, Harvard Law School, and the Kennedy School of Government. He and his wife, Kim Flores, are residents of the Curtis Park neighborhood of Sacramento and are the proud parents of two children.