Sacramento, CA – California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, CPA, announced her endorsement of Dave Jones’ campaign for State Senate today. Jones is running in the open-seat race to replace term-limited Senator Richard Pan in 2022.
In announcing her support, Ma made the following statement:
“The measure of an elected leader isn’t what they say, but what they do. Dave Jones quietly but vigorously advocated for 38 million Californians in the face of a massive and powerful insurance lobby. He helped California consumers save billions of dollars in health, auto, and home insurance costs, and has led successful investigations into widespread fraud and abuse. Dave’s work is a case study in progressive values put into action. I have no doubt that he will be a tremendous Senator for his constituents and continue to add to his record of accomplishment and service.”
ABOUT FIONA MA
Fiona Ma is California’s 34th State Treasurer. She is the first woman of color and the first woman Certified Public Accountant (CPA) elected to the position. Treasurer Ma was a member of the State Assembly from 2006-2012, serving as Speaker pro Tempore from 2010 to 2012. From 2002-2006, she served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
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.