Sacramento, CA – Today, SEIU 1021, one of California’s largest labor organizations representing around 60,000 public sector workers, announced its endorsement of Dave Jones for State Senate. SEIU 1021 joins a growing list of organizations and elected and community leaders supporting Dave Jones.
SEIU 1021 President Joseph Bryant released the following statement announcing the endorsement:
“At every opportunity, Dave Jones has sided with workers over special interests, with families over corporations, and with the most vulnerable over the most powerful. Our over 60,000 members work for local governments, non-profit agencies, and schools throughout Northern California. We are united by our belief that workers deserve a living wage and a fair shot at the American Dream. Dave Jones shares our values, and we are proud to support his campaign for State Senate.”
ABOUT SEIU 1021
SEIU Local 1021 represents nearly 60,000 employees in local governments, non-profit agencies, health care programs and schools throughout Northern California. SEIU Local 1021 is a diverse, member-driven organization with members who work to make our cities, schools, colleges, counties, and special districts safe and healthy places to live and raise our families. We nurse our sick, educate our children, clean our schools, and care for our seniors and developmentally disabled. In March 2007, Local 1021 united SEIU members from 10 locals in Northern California, from San Joaquin County in the central valley to Del Norte County on the Oregon border.
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.