Sacramento, CA – Today, American River Flood Control District Trustee Tamika L’Ecluse announced her endorsement of Dave Jones for State Senate. L’Ecluse joins a growing coalition of elected, community, labor, and education leaders who are backing Jones.

In announcing her endorsement, Trustee L’Ecluse said:
“Dave Jones has always been a progressive who is unafraid to take on the status quo. Between 1999 and 2004, on the Sacramento City Council, Dave authored and successfully fought for the Inclusionary Affordable Housing Ordinance, the Living Wage Ordinance, and the Domestic Partners Ordinance. As State Insurance Commissioner, Dave worked to hold insurance companies accountable to Californians. As an Assemblymember, Dave was among the most progressive and effective legislators in the capitol, fighting for economic, social, racial and gender equity and justice. I have no doubt that Dave will continue to be a champion for low income families and working people in the State Senate, and that’s why he has my support.”

Tamika L’Ecluse was elected to serve on the American River Flood Control District Board of Trustees in 2020 following an appointment to the board in 2019. On the ARFCD Board, Tamika crafts policies related to Sacramento’s levees, water capture and distribution, flood protection, sustainability, and housing. Tamika is a life-long Sacramento resident, former educator, and non-profit leader. After 13 years of teaching in Early Childhood and Early Kindergarten, she joined the Greater Sacramento Urban League as a program manager, working toward reducing African-American child mortality in the Oak Park community of Sacramento. Tamika has served as board member, Vice President and President of the Oak Park Neighborhood Association, serves on the Board of Directors for the California Montessori Project, and is an appointed member of the Sacramento Promise Zone Resident Council.

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.