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Dave Jones (politician)

Dave Jones
7th Insurance Commissioner of California
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Governor Jerry Brown
Preceded by Steve Poizner
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 9th district
In office
December 2004 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Darrell Steinberg
Succeeded by Roger Dickinson
Member of the Sacramento City Council
from the 6th district
In office
1999–2004
Preceded by Darrell Steinberg
Succeeded by Kevin McCarty
Personal details
Born

(1962-01-04) January 4, 1962


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kim Flores
Alma mater DePauw University
Harvard University

David Evan "Dave" Jones (born January 4, 1962) is an American politician. He represented California's 9th assembly district December 2004 through 2011. He is currently California's Insurance Commissioner. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Contents

  • Pre-assembly career 1
    • Sacramento City Council 1.1
    • Legal career 1.2
    • Education 1.3
  • Assembly career 2
    • Committee assignments 2.1
    • Legislative accomplishments 2.2
  • Involvement in other races 3
    • 2008 Sacramento mayor race 3.1
    • 2008 Presidential election 3.2
  • Insurance Commissioner 4
    • 2010 election 4.1
    • Insurance commissioner career controversies 4.2
    • 2014 election 4.3
  • Personal life 5
  • References 6

Pre-assembly career

Sacramento City Council

Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Jones was a member of the Sacramento City Council, representing the 6th District which includes much of Southeastern Sacramento and the College Greens neighborhood in East Sacramento. He served for five and a half years after winning a 1999 special election to replace Darrell Steinberg, also his predecessor in the Assembly.

Legal career

Before his election to the city council, he worked for six years as a legal aid attorney with Legal Services of Northern California, providing free legal assistance to the poor. In 1995, Jones was one of 13 Americans awarded a White House Fellowship. Jones served in the Clinton administration for three years. He first served as a special assistant to Janet Reno and later as her counsel.

Education

Jones received his undergraduate degree from DePauw University, his law degree from Harvard Law School, and a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Assembly career

Committee assignments

Jones, a Democrat, chaired the Assembly Judiciary Committee for four years. He also chaired the Assembly Health Committee and the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. He served on the Appropriations Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the Accountability and Government Review Committee.

Legislative accomplishments

According to Jones’ official biography,[1] his legislative accomplishments include:

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

Jones also authored legislation in 2010 which sought to regulate pet insurance by requiring pet insurance companies to be more specific about which types coverage will be provided. The bill was vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and did not become law.

Involvement in other races

2008 Sacramento mayor race

Jones was mentioned by several people as a potential opponent for Mayor Heather Fargo in 2008 due to his experience in local politics. However, Jones decided not to run and endorsed the mayor in her unsuccessful reelection bid against former NBA star and non profit director Kevin Johnson.

2008 Presidential election

Jones supported Democrat Barack Obama in his race against Republican John McCain in the November 2008 Presidential Election. Jones' 2011 inauguration speech indicated his strong support for implementing Obama's health care reform law in California.[2]

Insurance Commissioner

2010 election

Jones giving a speech

On November 13, 2008, Jones announced his campaign California State Insurance Commissioner in 2010, a statewide elected office as Republican incumbent Steve Poizner was expected to run for Governor. Jones announced, "The insurance commissioner should be a strong advocate for consumers," he said. "I think with my background and experience, I would be a very strong advocate." He was quickly been endorsed by State Senate President Darrell Steinberg and State Controller John Chiang. Jones' main opponent in the Democratic primary was Los Angeles Assembly Member Hector De La Torre.

Jones won the Democratic Party endorsement by receiving just over 60 percent of the delegate votes at the California Democratic Party's convention in Los Angeles on April 18, 2010.[3] Jones defeated De La Torre in the Democratic Primary.

Jones won 3,544,003 votes in general election defeating Republican State Assemblyman Mike Villines, who received 2,650,383 votes.

Insurance commissioner career controversies

During the development of the health benefit exchange in California Jones lobbied to exclude providers from the small business portion of the exchange that he felt charged unreasonably high rates. In particular, he worked to exclude Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Cross of California from the exchange.[4] Anthem Blue Cross ended up withdrawing its participation in the small business portion of the exchange[5] prompting concerns that consumers would not be able to comparison shop on the exchange itself where plan designs were standardized, but would be required to compare exchange plans to externally marketed plans. Jones subsequently claimed that other major carriers on the exchange were charging unreasonable rates including Blue Shield of California[6] and United Healthcare.[7] United Healthcare subsequently withdrew from the California individual market entirely.[8] Blue Shield currently remains a member of the exchange.

2014 election

Jones was re-elected to a second term in 2014.

Personal life

Jones and his wife, Kim Flores, live in the Curtis Park neighborhood of Sacramento and have two young children, Isabelle and William.

References


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  1. ^ http://www.insurance.ca.gov/0500-about-us/0200-commissioner/
  2. ^ http://www.consumercal.org/article.php?id=1555
  3. ^
  4. ^ http://www.insurance.ca.gov/0400-news/0100-press-releases/2013/release047-13.cfm
  5. ^
  6. ^ http://www.insurance.ca.gov/0400-news/0100-press-releases/2013/release025-13.cfm
  7. ^ http://www.insurance.ca.gov/0400-news/0100-press-releases/2013/release033-13.cfm
  8. ^
Civic offices
Preceded by
Darrell Steinberg
Member of the Sacramento City Council
from the 6th district

1999–2004
Succeeded by
Kevin McCarty
California Assembly
Preceded by
Darrell Steinberg
Member of the California Assembly
from the 9th district

2004–2011
Succeeded by
Roger Dickinson
Preceded by
Ellen Corbett
Chairman of the Assembly Judiciary Committee
2004–2008
Succeeded by
Mike Feuer
Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Poizner
Insurance Commissioner of California
2011–present
Incumbent


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