Environmental Leader Fran Pavley Endorses Dave Jones for State Senate

Sacramento, CA – Former State Senator and longtime environmental leader Fran Pavley endorsed Dave Jones for State Senate today. Pavley joins with dozens of fellow Democratic leaders who are throwing their support behind Jones in the open-seat race for California’s 6th State Senate District. 
In announcing her support, Pavley released the following statement:
“California’s future hinges on the environment, and Dave Jones understands that without rapid and effective action to combat climate change, all our communities are in danger. As the Director of the Climate Risk Initiative at U.C. Berkeley Law, Dave understands the risks and opportunities we are facing like few others. Dave is deeply committed to advancing equity and climate justice, and I know that in the State Senate, Dave will be a part of creating solutions and building coalitions to protect future generations of Californians. Dave Jones has my support for State Senate.”

Pavley served in the California State Assembly between 2000 and 2006 and in the State Senate from 2008 to 2016. She is best known for her legislative accomplishments related to climate change. Most notably, Pavley is the author of AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, along with SB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2016. Prior to her election to the legislature, she served on the California Coastal Commission.

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.