Sacramento, CA – Today, UNITE HERE, Local 49 announced their endorsement of Dave Jones for State Senate. UNITE HERE joins a growing coalition of organizations, elected officials, and community leaders who are backing Jones in the race for Senate District 6.

In announcing the endorsement, UNITE HERE, Local 49 President Aamir Deen said:
“Dave Jones has always been there for working people, and is an unwavering ally in the fight for a more equal and just California.  As Insurance Commissioner and as a State Assemblymember, Dave has been one of California’s most effective champions for progressive policies. His deep understanding of how our government can help improve the everyday lives of workers and families makes him uniquely qualified to tackle the challenges we face. The members of Unite Here Local 49 – casino, hotel, food service and airport workers – have borne the brunt of this pandemic and the resulting economic, housing and health crises. We know Dave will fight for a just recovery, and that’s why we’re proud to support Dave Jones’ candidacy for State Senate.”  

UNITE HERE Local 49 is a democratic, member-driven union dedicated to raising the standards for more than 4,000 members. UNITE HERE represents workers in the hotel, gaming, hospitality, food service, and airport industries in the Sacramento region.

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.