Sacramento, CA – Sacramento City Councilmember Katie Valenzuela announced her endorsement of Dave Jones for State Senate today. Valenzuela joins a growing coalition of elected, community, and education leaders who are backing Jones.

In announcing her endorsement, Councilmember Valenzuela said:
“Dave Jones has decades of experience fighting for Sacramento residents and a track record of tackling the challenges others shy away from. Dave has stood up to big banks, insurance companies, and powerful corporate interests when consumers needed an advocate. I know that Dave will be a champion for equity and justice in the State Senate, and I’m proud to support his campaign.”

Katie Valenzuela was elected represent Sacramento’s 4th City Council District in 2020. Katie started her professional career working for a civil rights law firm, where she helped a statewide coalition of parents and students fight for equitable education policies. Locally she organized for housing and economic justice, and helped form the Sacramento Urban Agriculture Coalition and the Sacramento Community Land Trust. Katie’s community organizing experience led her to be the first Sacramento appointee to California’s AB 32 Environmental Justice Advisory Committee, where she became co-chair during the 2030 Target Scoping Plan process. Katie also started a consulting firm to focus on supporting state-level and local groups fighting to achieve environmental justice. She was soon tapped to be the first consultant for the Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change Policies, and then became Policy & Political Director for the California Environmental Justice Alliance.  

Katie holds a bachelors and masters degree in Community Development from the University of California at Davis. 

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.