Insurance Commissioner Applicant

Ricardo Lara

Currently: California State Senator
Party
Democrat

The job of insurance regulation may sound dry, but Ricardo Lara hopes to bring the same progressive energy he honed in the state Legislature to the insurance commissioner’s office— where he promises to fight for stronger consumer protections, for expanded health insurance access, and against most anything the Trump administration does or attempts to do.

Born to undocumented Mexican immigrants in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, Lara put in the work as a footsoldier in other Democrat campaigns before ascending to Sacramento himself, first in the Assembly, then the state Senate, where he made history as the chamber’s first openly gay person of color. Now, as a provocative shaper of state fiscal policy in Sacramento, he has pushed many of the Legislature’s most progressive legislation on health care and immigration policy.

Interests:

  • Single payer health insurance
  • Expanding the rights of undocumented Californians

Letters of Recommendation:

  • Jerry Brown
  • California Democratic Party
  • State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones
  • California Labor Federation
  • California Nurses Association
  • Equality California
  • California League of Conservation Voters

Contact Information:

Ricardolara.com

@RicardoLara4CA

The Resume of Ricardo Lara

California State Senator, 2013 – Present

  • Introduced a series of high-profile but unsuccessful bills, including one that would have allowed more undocumented Californians to make use of the state’s Medicaid program and another that would have introduced a state-run insurance program for all Californians
  • Championed successful legislation to allow undocumented immigrants to serve on government commissions and to place new restrictions on immigration detention facilities
  • As chairman of the Appropriations Committee, elevated hundreds of bills that he liked—and quietly buried hundreds more that he didn’t

California State Assembly Member, 2011 – 2013

  • Introduced legislation to allow undocumented students at public universities to receive financial assistance for serving in student government
  • Became chairman of the body’s Latino Caucus

Los Angeles Planning Commissioner, 2008 – 2009

I am Donald Trump’s worst nightmare…I will never give up the fight.