Sacramento, CA – Today, former Sacramento Democratic Party Chair Anna Molander announced her support of Dave Jones for State Senate. Molander joins a growing list of elected, community, labor, and education leaders who are backing Jones.

Molander issued the following statement announcing her  endorsement:
“Everywhere Dave goes, results follow. When he was in the State Assembly, he authored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, to make sure state law provided women the right to full compensation for discriminatory lower pay, and authored the law banning gender based discrimination by health insurance companies. When he was Insurance Commissioner, Dave fought to ensure health insurance companies provided complete coverage for women’s health, and fought for greater equity in the industry. Dave has always taken the side of working families, women, and children, championing landmark legislation that expanded early education, children’s health care, and the social safety net. I know that Dave Dones will fight for equity, justice, and our progressive values in the State Senate, and that’s why he has my support.” 

Anna Molander served as Chair of the Sacramento Democratic Party from 2009 to 2011 and currently works as a Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice. Prior to her current position, Molander was an attorney with the California Department of Healthcare Services. Molander also served as a Commissioner on the City of Sacramento’s Planning & Design Commission from 2010 to 2013. Anna earned her B.S. from Cornell University’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations and received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

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.