SEIU UNITED SERVICE WORKERS WEST BACKS DAVE JONES FOR SENATE

Sacramento, CA – Today, SEIU United Service Workers West (USWW) announced its endorsement of Dave Jones for State Senate. SEIU-USWW joins a growing list of elected and community leaders and organizations supporting Dave Jones.

SEIU-USWW President David Huerta released the following statement announcing the endorsement:
“Dave Jones understands the unique risks our members face throughout the pandemic as essential workers from the communities hardest hit by COVID-19, and the sacrifices they make to keep California moving forward.  Dave has always supported workers in the fight for social and economic justice.  SEIU-USWW is standing with Dave Jones because we know that he’ll fight not just for workers’ rights to be paid a living wage, healthcare benefits, work safely, and retire with dignity but also for a more just and equitable California.

ABOUT SEIU-USWW
SEIU United Service Workers West represents more than 45,000 janitors, security officers, airport service workers, and other property service workers across California. The Mission of SEIU United Service Workers West is to lead the way to a more just and humane society; building power for all service workers by developing member leadership and activism, winning strong contracts, organizing unorganized service workers, building political and community power, and engaging in direct action that demonstrates the strength and determination to win.

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.