FMR. ASSEMBLYMEMBER HELEN THOMSON BACKS DAVE JONES FOR SENATE

Sacramento, CA – Former State Assemblymember Helen Thomson announced her endorsement of Dave Jones for State Senate today. Thomson joins a growing coalition of elected, community, and education leaders who are backing Jones.

In announcing her endorsement, Assemblymember Thomson said:
“California’s crisis in homelessness has its roots in policy failures that were decades in the making. We lack adequate mental health infrastructure and support for those who are experiencing mental illness. Through his non-profit leadership and public service, Dave Jones understands these challenges and is committed to solving them. I know that Dave will stand up to powerful special interests that are opposed to equity and fairness in our mental health and healthcare systems. I strongly support his campaign for the California Senate.”

ABOUT HELEN THOMSON
Helen Thomson has served the Sacramento region and Yolo County in many capacities including serving on the Davis School Board, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, and the California State Assembly. In her many years of service, Helen consistently brought expertise and passion to issues of access, transportation and air quality. At the county level, Helen was known as a skilled policy maker, a champion of agriculture and the environment with a keen ability to balance the demands of growth and conservation, and a tremendous example of effective leadership.

Helen Thomson has served the Sacramento region and Yolo County in many capacities including serving on the Davis School Board, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, and the California State Assembly. She also served as Chair of the Assembly Health Committee. In her many years of service, Helen consistently brought expertise and passion to issues of access to healthcare and mental health treatment, transportation and air quality. At the county and state level, Helen was known as a skilled policy maker, a champion of agriculture and the environment with a keen ability to balance the demands of growth and conservation, and a tremendous example of effective leadership.

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.