Meet Dave Jones

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Dave Jones with his wife Kim Flores, and daughter and son, Isabelle and William. 

Dave Jones is an effective and proven leader with decades of experience in public service at the federal, state and local levels.

Jones was a statewide elected official and California’s Insurance Commissioner from 2011 through 2018, where he worked on behalf of 38 million Californians.  Jones led the California Department of Insurance and regulated the largest insurance market in the United States where insurers collect $310 billion a year in premiums in California.  Jones secured crucial victories for consumers, including:

  • Saved California consumers and businesses over $3.11 billion in premiums by regulating rates for auto, homeowners and other property and casualty insurance;
  • Implemented health care reform, including market reforms to protect consumers and expanded access to health insurance;
  • Issued emergency regulations establishing stronger requirements for health insurers to create and maintain sufficient medical provider networks to provide timely access to medical care;
  • Saved California consumers $378 million through the review of health insurance rates;
  • Recovered more than $511 million from insurers for consumers, by pursuing consumer complaints and investigating insurer market practices. 
  • Sponsored successful legislation to give small employers more time to comply with the Affordable Care Act;
  • Reduced medical malpractice insurance rates, saving medical providers $64 million;
  • Required health insurance companies to cover an essential treatment for autism and enforced the Mental Health Parity Act.
  • Protected California’s seniors with new laws on the sale of annuities;
  • Obtained billions in insurance company investments in low- and moderate-income communities;
  • Investigated insurance fraud, leading to nearly 7,300 arrests and a similar number of prosecutions; also secured court-ordered restitution totaling close to $140 million dollars across all areas of insurance fraud;
  • Won major anti-fraud lawsuits combating healthcare provider fraud, which costs consumers hundreds of millions of dollars;
  • Led a national investigation of life insurance companies and secured payment of $12 billion in unpaid benefits and strict business reforms to ensure companies end decades-long practice of improperly holding onto life insurance benefits;
  • Established first in the nation insurance diversity initiative increasing procurement by the insurance industry from women, minority, and LGBTQI owned business by 83% or $1.2 Billion.
  • Established first in the nation climate risk financial disclosures for insurers, was first regulator  in the nation to ask insurers to divest from coal investments,  and first to conduct climate risk scenario analysis of insurance company portfolios. 
  • Established first in the nation cannabis insurance initiative and approved the first commercial cannabis insurer in the admitted market, and approved the first surety bond program for the cannabis industry.
  • Issued the first regulations in the nation to prevent discrimination against members of the LGBTQI community in receiving health care, which became the model for many other states.


In 2017, the American Medical Association awarded Jones the prestigious Award for Outstanding Government Service for his work advancing public health including implementing the Affordable Care Act, blocking the Anthem Cigna and Aetna Humana mergers, improving provider network adequacy, and moving closer to achieving mental health parity.  The Daily Journal, the state’s largest legal newspaper named him one of California’s Top 100 Lawyers. The Greenlining Institute gave Jones their “2012 Big Heart Award” for his work promoting insurance industry diversity. Jones received the 2012 Distinguished Advocate Award from Autism Speaks. The American Psychiatric Association awarded Jones its prestigious Jacob K. Javits Public Service Award in 2015 for his work on mental health parity.

Jones represented Sacramento in the California 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. Jones also served on the Agriculture and Utilities and Commerce committees and the following select Committees: Foster Care, Youth Violence Prevention, Growth Management, and Rail Transportation.  

Named “Consumer Champion” by the California Consumer Federation, Jones was also awarded the “Leadership Award” by the Western Center on Law and Poverty. The national Floodplain Management Association honored Jones with their award for Meritorious Achievement for his work to prevent catastrophic flooding in California.  Planned Parenthood, Environment California, California National Organization for Women, the Greater Sacramento Urban League, Preschool California and CalPIRG have all honored his work. Capitol Weekly named Jones California’s “most effective legislator” other than the Assembly Speaker and the Senate President Pro Tempore. Dave received a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood for defending women’s access to reproductive healthcare.  As Insurance Commissioner, he helped to defend the contraception coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act from lawsuits and he also convince the Obama Administration not to overturn  California’s requirement for insurance policies to cover abortion services.


As a legislator, Jones had more than seventy bills signed into law, including:

  • Reforming California’s conservatorship laws, and enacting sweeping protections for seniors and dependent adults facing abuse (Assembly Bill 1363 of 2006);
  • Preventing HMOs and health insurers from discriminating against women by charging men and women different rates health insurance (Assembly Bill 119 of 2009);
  • First-in-the-nation “green insurance” legislation for Californians to share their personal vehicles in car-sharing pools without invalidating their auto insurance (Assembly Bill 1871 of 2010);
  • Securing billions in additional federal funding to improve California’s hospital health care safety net and fund children’s health care; (Assembly Bill 1383 of 2009);
  • Protecting private medical records from misuse (Assembly Bill 1298 of 2007) and disclosure (Assembly Bill 211 of 2008);
  • Creating for Californians  one of the nation’s largest early childhood education and preschool programs to give children the best possible start (Assembly Bill 2759 of 2008).


His legislation demonstrated his commitment to children and families, addressing homelessness, affordable housing, education (with special emphasis on early childhood education), consumer and environmental protection, health care, privacy rights, civil rights, equal access to the courts, economic development, and privacy protection. 

His legislation has added important new protections to  Californians financial, personal and medical privacy.  His environmental legislation has helped to improve air quality, promote communities where people can walk, bike or take public transit, improve water quality, and protect endangered species like the California Sea otter.  

Assemblymember Jones successfully obtained a $500 million emergency appropriation for levee improvements that allowed construction to begin to repair Sacramento levees.  At the same time, Jones led the effort to put the $4.09 billion Disaster Preparedness and Flood Protection bond on the ballot.  Jones also improved equal access to the courts by increasing resources to meet the legal needs of low income, disabled and senior Californians. 


Dave received a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood for defending women’s access to reproductive healthcare.  As Insurance Commissioner, he helped to defend the contraception coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act from lawsuits and he also convince the Obama Administration not to overturn  California’s requirement for insurance policies to cover abortion services.

In response to IRS calculations that Sacramento residents fail to claim over $39 million in Earned Income Tax Credits, Jones established a coalition to promote a free tax assistance program for families earning less than $37,000 per year.  As a result, thousands of people participated bringing millions of dollars into the Sacramento economy.  Additionally, Jones heads a coalition promoting Cal Grants to deserving college-bound students.  As a result, approximately 1800 deserving students were able to obtain funding to allow them to attend college.

Jones began his career as a legal aid attorney, providing free legal assistance to the poor with Legal Services of Northern California from 1988 to 1995.  Jones represented low income families and individuals of color in successful class action lawsuits to obtain affordable housing, stop unlawful evictions and displacement by government “urban renewal” projects, and hold slumlords accountable, and otherwise defend their legal rights. 

In 1995, Jones was one of only 13 Americans awarded the prestigious White House Fellowship. He served for three years (1995-1998) as Special Assistant and Counsel to United States Attorney General Janet Reno. 

Jones served on the Sacramento City Council from 1999 to 2004.  While on the City Council he authored and obtained passage of the pathbreaking Mixed Income Inclusionary Affordable Housing Ordinance,  which required 15% of all new housing developments to be affordable to very low and low income households.   He also authored the Living Wage Ordinance, Domestic Partners Ordinance and the Community and Schools Partnership program which brought city funding into local schools through joint use projects serving the community and school children.   Jones also voluntarily established in his council district the first homeless shelter outside the downtown —the first councilmember to do so. He brought substantial additional funding for improvements into historically African-American and Latino and Asian and Pacific Islander neighborhoods and business corridors, including new parks, recreation centers, affordable housing,  curbs, gutters, sidewalks and streetlights in areas neglected historically by the city. 

Since leaving office as Insurance Commissioner in January 2019, Dave Jones currently works as a Senior Director for The Nature Conservancy and is the Director of the Climate Risk Initiative at the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment (CLEE).  Jones is a recognized expert on climate change, climate risk,  and financial regulation, has testified before Congress, and has contributed to numerous reports and recommendations urging financial regulators to address the systemic risk posed by climate change to the financial system and financial institutions. 

Dave Jones worked his way through college and graduate schools. He graduated with honors from DePauw University, Harvard Law School, and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (MPP). He and his wife, Kim Flores, have a daughter and son, Isabelle and William. 

 

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