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Dave Jones

Member of the California State Assembly
from the 9th district
Incumbent
Assumed office 
2004
Preceded by Darrell Steinberg

Born January 4, 1962 (1962-01-04) (age 48)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kim Flores
Alma mater DePauw University, Harvard University, Harvard Law School
Profession Lawyer

Dave Jones (born 4 January 1962, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) has represented California's 9th assembly district since December 2004.

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Pre-assembly career

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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 masters in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Assembly career

Committee assignments

Jones, a Democrat, chaired the Assembly Judiciary Committee for four years. He now Chairs the Assembly Health Committee and serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the Accountability and Government Review Committee.

Legislative accomplishments

Jones is best known for a law that overhauled the conservatorship system which serves thousands of California's oldest and neediest residents.

Jones also assisted in the passage of a new law that cracked down on unauthorized viewing or use of patients' medical records.

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 founded and led the group "Sacramento for Edwards Coalition with Assemblymember Dave Jones", consisting of activists who sought to elect former Senator John Edwards as the Democratic Party's nominee for President. Jones traveled to Iowa for the Iowa caucuses with others from Sacramento.[1] Edwards dropped out of the race in January 2008.

Future aspirations

2010 bid for Insurance Commissioner

On November 13, 2008, Jones announced that he is going to run for California State Insurance Commissioner in 2010, a statewide elected office as Republican incumbent Steve Poizner is expected to run for Governor. Jones is running because "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 has already been endorsed by State Senate President Darrell Steinberg and State Controller John Chiang. A potential opponent includes North Coast assemblywoman Patty Berg who has filed a statement of intention to run but has not formally declared yet.[2]

Personal

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

California Assembly
Preceded by
Darrell Steinberg
California State Assemblyman, 9th District
2004 – present
Succeeded by
incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Ellen Corbett
State Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman
2004-2008
Succeeded by
Mike Feuer
Preceded by
Darrell Steinberg
Sacramento City Council, 6th District
1999–2004
Succeeded by
Kevin McCarty

References

  1. ^ Sacramento for Edwards Coalition with Assemblymember Dave Jones
  2. ^ http://www.sacbee.com/capitolandcalifornia/story/1396498.html

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