STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION TONY THURMOND ENDORSES DAVE JONES FOR SENATE

Sacramento, CA – Today, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced his endorsement of Dave Jones for State Senate. Superintendent Thurmond joins a growing list of elected and community leaders and organizations supporting Dave Jones.

Superintendent Thurmond released the following statement announcing the endorsement:
“Dave Jones understands that public education is the most important tool any state or society has for advancing equity and opportunity, and that California can and should lead the world in public education. I know that Dave will stand up for students and teachers, and help secure the resources we need to help our schools thrive. Dave Jones has my support for State Senate.”

ABOUT TONY THURMOND
Tony Thurmond was sworn in as the 28th California State Superintendent of Public Instruction on January 7, 2019.  Superintendent Thurmond is an educator, social worker, and public school parent, who has served the people of California for more than ten years in elected office. Previously, Superintendent Thurmond served on the Richmond City Council, West Contra Costa Unified School Board, and in the California State Assembly, representing District 15.

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.