Dave Jones

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Dave Jones
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California Commissioner of Insurance
In office
January 3, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 2019
Years in position 4
PredecessorSteve Poizner (R)
Base salary$139,189
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$7,995,971
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
2004 - 2010
Sacramento City Council
Bachelor'sDePauw University
J.D.Harvard Law School
Office website
Campaign website
Dave Jones (b. 1962) is the current Democratic California Commissioner of Insurance. He was first elected on November 2, 2010, and took office January 3, 2011.[1]

Jones ran successfully fr re-election to a second term as insurance commissioner in 2014.[2] He secured one of two nominations in the June 3 blanket primary election and faced Republican Ted Gaines in the general election. Dave Jones won the general election on November 4, 2014.

Jones is a potential candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer in 2016.[3]


Previously, Jones worked as a legal aid attorney with Legal Services of Northern California, a non-profit, public interest law firm serving low-income residents in 22 California counties. He was also a special assistant and counsel to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno during President Bill Clinton's administration. He holds degrees from DePauw University, Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government.[1]

He is a member of the Sacramento Metropolitan Cable Commission, Sacramento Regional Sanitation District, Sacramento Solid Waste Authority and Sacramento Transportation Authority.[4]


  • DePauw University
  • Kennedy School of Government
  • J.D. Harvard Law School

Political career

California Insurance Commissioner (2011-present)

Jones has served as California Commissioner of Insurance since January 3, 2011, having won election to the office on November 2, 2010.

California State Assembly (2004-2010)

Previously Jones was a member of the California State Assembly, representing the 9th District from 2004 to 2010.


Jones did not provide answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[5]

Legislative scorecard

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score.[6][7]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Jones ranked as a 94.[8]

Committee assignments

Jones served on the following committees during his time in the Assembly:

Jones's sponsored legislation included:

  • AB 1011 - Insurance: green incentives
  • AB 1218 - Health care coverage: rate approval
  • AB 1543 - Medicare supplement coverage

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Sacramento City Council (1999-2004)

Jones served on the Sacramento City Council from 1999-2004.



See also: United States Senate election in California, 2016

Jones is a potential candidate in the 2016 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent California.[3]


See also: California down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Jones ran for re-election as California Commissioner of Insurance in the 2014 elections.[2] He was re-nominated in the top-two primary election on June 3, 2014. He faced Republican Ted Gaines in the general election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Primary election
California Insurance Commissioner, Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDave Jones Incumbent 53.1% 2,106,671
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTed Gaines 41.6% 1,651,242
     Peace and Freedom Nathalie Hrizi 5.4% 212,991
Total Votes 3,970,904
Election Results California Secretary of State.
General election
Insurance Commissioner of California, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDave Jones Incumbent 57.5% 4,038,165
     Republican Ted Gaines 42.5% 2,981,951
Total Votes 7,020,116
Election Results via California Secretary of State.


Jones was ineligible to run for re-election in 2010 due to the term limits of the California State Assembly. Instead he ran for, and won, election as the California Commissioner of Insurance in the November 2, 2010 election.[9]

California Commissioner of Insurance (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dave Jones (D) 4,765,400 50.6%
Mike Villines (R) 3,540,626 37.6%
Richard Bronstein (L) 372,676 4.0%
Dina Josephine Padilla (PF) 293,502 3.1%
William Balderston (G) 252,301 2.6%
Clay Pedersen (Al) 198,374 2.1%


In 2008 Jones was re-elected to the California State Assembly District 9. Jones (D) finished with 92,038 votes and was followed by Mali Currington (R) with 26,622 votes and Gerald Frink (P&F) with 7,744 votes.[10] Jones raised $1,702,494 for his campaign fund.[11]

California State Assembly District 9
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dave Jones (D) 92,038
Mali Currington (R) 26,622
Gerald Frink (P&F) 7,744

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Jones is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Jones raised a total of $7,995,971 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[12]

Dave Jones's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California Insurance Commissioner Not up for election $688,380
2010 California Insurance Commissioner Won $4,240,581
2008 California State Assembly District 9 Won $1,702,494
2006 California State Assembly District 9 Won $590,118
2004 California State Assembly District 9 Won $774,398
Grand Total Raised $7,995,971

2006, 2008, 2010

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Jones and his wife, Kim, have two children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Poizner (R)
California Commissioner of Insurance
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Darrell Steinberg
California State Assembly District 9
Succeeded by
Roger Dickinson