Sacramento, CA – Former State Assemblymember Mariko Yamada announced her endorsement of Dave Jones for State Senate today. Yamada joins a growing coalition of elected, community, and education leaders who are backing Jones.

In announcing her endorsement, Assemblymember Yamada said:
“Fresh out of Harvard Law, it’s clear that Dave Jones had options. Lucky for us, he chose public service–first as a Legal Aid attorney in Yolo County representing  Northern California’s most vulnerable and then serving in local and statewide office.”

“Throughout those years, Dave has consistently devoted his energy to the toughest fights in healthcare, affordable housing, climate and environment, and equity in public education. He’s courageous, unflinching and effective with a long record that speaks for itself. I’m proud to support Dave Jones for State Senate.”

Mariko Yamada served in the California State Assembly from 2008 to 2014, representing the 4th district and 8th district. Yamada also served on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors from 2002 to 2004, and as the Chair of the Yolo County Democratic Party from 1998 to 2000. During six years in the Assembly, Yamada saw 31 of her bills signed into law. Yamada championed legislation advocating for working families, protecting the environment, reducing climate change, expanding healthcare access and equity, protecting consumers, and investing in schools and higher education. At the District-level, her staff mitigated over 1600 constituent cases. Yamada developed the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, which grew from drawing down $200,000 a year in Yolo County, to her final year total of $2.1 million dollars in tax returns to local working families. Over five years, the grand total of income tax returns was $6.9 million with over 100 volunteers. As a social worker for more than 40 years, Yamada has worked directly with families going through tough times. Yamada also focused her attention on helping high school students with their college financial aid applications through her sponsored Cash4College Workshops.

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.