Sacramento, CA – Today, the Los Rios College Federation of Teachers announced its endorsement of Dave Jones for State Senate. Los Rios educators a growing list of organizations and elected and community leaders supporting Dave Jones.
Los Rios College Federation of Teachers President Jason Newman released the following statement announcing the endorsement:
“Dave Jones is the best candidate to represent us in the State Senate because he has a track record of fighting for education, for students, and for educators. As a legislator, Dave helped create one of the largest early education and preschool programs in the nation, a critical step for helping launch students on a path of lifetime learning. Dave is committed to ensuring that every young person can attend high quality public schools and community colleges. Dave knows that our public schools, community colleges and universities are the essential tool to build and sustain a strong economy. Investing in education is absolutely essential to reduce economic and social inequity, and I know Dave will stand alongside our members in the fight to strengthen community colleges and higher education.”
ABOUT LOS RIOS COLLEGE FEDERATION OF TEACHERS
Inspired by the accomplishments of the US labor movement, the Los Rios College Federation of Teachers (LRCFT) was founded in 1978 to represent faculty throughout the Los Rios Community College District (LRCCD). Since then, LRCFT has been a leader in the struggle for faculty labor rights in the Sacramento area and the education rights of all Californians.
LRCFT represents approximately 2,500 instructors, counselors, librarians, college nurses, and program coordinators at all campuses of California’s second largest community college district, including, American River College, Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake College, and Sacramento City College.
ABOUT DAVE JONES
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.