Sacramento, CA – Today, the State Council of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California announced its support for Dave Jones for State Senate. SEIU California is one of the largest political organizations in the United States, representing over 700,000 SEIU members in local unions. SEIU California joins a growing list of organizations and elected and community leaders supporting Dave Jones.
SEIU California President Bob Schoonover released the following statement announcing the endorsement:
“Dave Jones is a champion for working families. He has consistently advocated for the right to organize and bargain collectively, for safe workplaces, and for living wages, health benefits, retirement benefits, and dignity and respect for workers. As a City Councilmember, State Assemblymember, and Insurance Commissioner, Dave worked to help the most vulnerable Californians. Dave Jones’ landmark achievements in affordable housing, public education, healthcare, environmental justice, and social justice speak to his effectiveness as an advocate and a leader. SEIU California is proud to support Dave Jones for State Senate.” Bob Schoonover, President, SEIU California
ABOUT SEIU CALIFORNIA
The SEIU California State Council is over 700,000 members strong in California, and is proud to be part of the largest and fastest growing union in the United States, the Service Employees International Union, with over 2.0 million members nationwide. The State Council is the political representative for its member organizations, and advocates for restorative, environmental, housing, and healthcare justice for all Californians.
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.