Sacramento, CA – Today, former State Senator and current Los Rios Community College District Board President Deborah Ortiz announced her endorsement of Dave Jones for State Senate. Ortiz joins a growing coalition of elected, community, labor, and education leaders who are backing Jones.
In announcing her endorsement, Senator Ortiz said:
“I’m proud to endorse Dave Jones because he has proven time and again that he is a thoughtful and tested advocate for the rights of every Californian. As California’s Insurance Commissioner and as a State Assemblymember, Dave has worked to protect consumers, expand access to quality healthcare, support  a woman’s right to make decisions for her body, and advance equity and justice in public policy. I know that Dave will be a bold progressive advocate for our communities in the State Senate.”

Deborah Ortiz is the President of the Los Rios Community College District Board, on which she has served since 2010.  Deborah served in the State Senate representing Sacramento from 1998 to 2006, and in the State Assembly from 1996 to 1998. Ortiz was the first Latina and woman of color elected to the Sacramento City Council and  to represent Sacramento in the Assembly and Senate. Ortiz authored landmark public health and environmental justice legislation, including establishing the California Department of Public Health, passing the first ban on sodas in primary and middle schools, protecting embryonic stem cell research, and setting safe drinking water safeguards. Ortiz  established California’s Biomonitoring Program to measure exposure to environmental toxins.  Ortiz also wrote the law guaranteeing college scholarships, Cal Grants, for students with good grades and financial need.

Prior to her service in the legislature, Ortiz served on the Sacramento City Council from 1993 to 1996. After leaving the legislature, she served as an executive in nonprofits: Planned Parenthood Mar Monte as the Vice President of Public Affairs, the California Primary Care Association as Vice President of Government Affairs, and as the CEO of Opening Doors, a refugee resettlement nonprofit that also provides financial literacy, micro-lending, immigration legal services, and other supportive programs for immigrants and refugees. Ortiz served on the boards of several other non-profit organizations, including Close the Gap and the American Cancer Society of California.

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.