Fmr. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Endorses Dave Jones

Sacramento, CA – Former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson endorsed Dave Jones’ campaign for State Senate today. Jones, who previously represented much of the Sacramento region in the State Assembly, is running in the open-seat race for Senate District 6 in 2022. 
In announcing his endorsement, Torlakson released the following statement: 
“Dave Jones has his priorities in the right order. He understands that public education is the bedrock on which California’s future will be built. Dave has always fought to support our students, teachers and parents. I know that in the State Senate, he will work to make sure our classrooms and school get the funding and resources they need. I trust Dave to help our students succeed.”

Tom Torlakson served as California’s top elected education official between 2011 and 2019. Prior to his election to statewide office, he served in both the State Senate and State Assembly.

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.