MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Monday, November 19, 2018

Contacts:
Michael Soller, (213) 446-1851
John Nam, (818) 726-7489

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Ricardo Lara claimed victory for California Insurance Commissioner. His opponent, Steve Poizner, conceded the race as election results showed Lara with a commanding lead.

“I am grateful for the support of California voters who deserve a strong consumer advocate. Helping communities recover from wildfires while preparing for the threat of climate change will be my first job as Insurance Commissioner. As communities are rocked by devastating wildfires, Californians need a healthy, honest insurance market that allows them to quickly rebuild their lives and protects against future disasters.”

Lara will succeed Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. He is the first LGBT person to be elected to statewide office in California. As State Senator Lara authored laws that expanded healthcare and protected consumers and clean air, including:

  • Expanded MediCal to cover 250,000 children regardless of their immigration status (Senate Bill 4, 2015)
  • Extended homeowner protections against cancellation or nonrenewal of insurance for a year following a wildfire or other disaster (Senate Bill 824, 2018)
  • Protected people in substance use recovery from patient brokering and insurance fraud (Senate Bill 1228, 2018)
  • Expanded the Low Cost Auto Insurance Program to cover more Californians (Senate Bill 1273, 2014)
  • Created the nation’s first climate insurance working group to preserve healthy forests and wetlands that can protect communities from the effect of climate change (Senate Bill 30, 2018) 

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Paid for by Ricardo Lara for Insurance Commissioner