Sacramento, CA – Today, State Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez announced her endorsement of Dave Jones for State Senate. Assemblymember Gonzalez joins a growing list of organizations and elected and community leaders supporting Dave Jones.
Assemblymember Gonzalez released the following statement announcing her endorsement:
“Dave Jones has consistently fought for women, communities of color, and working families. Dave has stood up to special interests on behalf of working families and won time and time again. We need Dave Jones’s leadership in the state legislature. I am proud to support Dave Jones for Senate.”
ABOUT LORENA GONZALEZ
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez was elected in May of 2013, promising to fight for California’s working and middle classes – and she hasn’t stopped yet. The Atlantic Magazine labeled her “The California Democrat setting the National Agenda” for her practical, progressive legislation aimed at alleviating real issues in people’s lives. In 2014, Lorena authored historic legislation to allow 6.5 million Californians the ability to earn paid sick leave, creating a model for the nation. She went on to make California the first state in the nation to demand overtime pay for farmworkers. Lorena also authored legislation to protect janitorial workers against sexual assault and provide professional cheerleaders basic labor protections.
Lorena has served as Chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee since 2016 and is the first Latina in California history to hold the position. Previously, she served as Chair of the Latino Legislative Caucus and is currently spearheading the “Unseen Latinas” initiative. Prior to being in elected office, Lorena was a labor leader and organizer, serving as the first woman and first person of color to be elected CEO and Secretary-Treasurer for the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO.
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.