San Jose, CA – Today, Ann Ravel announced that she has secured the endorsement of California State Senator Jerry Hill in her own campaign for State Senate. Hill has represented the adjacent Senate District 13 since 2012, previously serving in the California State Assembly.
“I’m proud to offer my full support to Ann Ravel for election to the State Senate,” said Hill. “California’s legislature plays a significant role in holding corporations accountable when they hurt the people of California. Ann’s history — from her work as Santa Clara County Counsel to protecting consumers at the Department of Justice — is proof that she has the independence and experience necessary to get the job done.”
As a member of the State Senate, Hill has been one of the leading voices speaking out against PG&E after a deadly gas explosion in Hill’s district, a series of deadly wildfires and widespread power outages. Ravel’s own history taking on PG&E includes a victory as County Counsel in a case where PG&E was charged with overcharging the county.
“Jerry Hill has shown that our elected officials are more effective champions for the people when they stand up against the special interests instead of siding with them,” said Ravel. “I’ll proudly take up the mantle from him, fighting for the people and against the special interests in the State Senate next year.”
Hill joins a growing coalition of distinguished leaders and organizations who are supporting Ravel’s bid for State Senate. Ravel previously announced endorsements from State Senators Connie Leyva, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Steve Glazer, Melissa Hurtado and Susan Rubio. Additional supporters include Congressmembers Jackie Speier, John Sarbanes and Katie Porter, Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis, Controller Betty Yee, and Santa Clara County Supervisors Susan Ellenberg and Joe Simitian. During the primary, The Mercury News called Ravel a “standout” candidate and said “Ravel is the one with the strength of character and respect to make a difference on the most important issues facing Californians.”
Ravel’s lifetime of public service has been defined by her fights to protect consumers and empower voters. Twice she was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve in his administration — first fighting on behalf of consumers at the Department of Justice, then working to make our elections fairer and more transparent as head of the Federal Elections Commission.
Ravel was also appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as Chair of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, leading a first-in-the-nation fight against the Koch Brothers and their illegal dark money network. As Santa Clara County’s chief attorney, she took on tobacco companies and won support for better healthcare, won pioneering cases protecting consumers, was a champion of a precedent-setting case to safeguard children from lead paint, and was never afraid to defend equality for all people.
To learn more about Ann Ravel’s campaign and see her growing endorsement list, visit http://www.RavelforCA.com.
California’s State Senate District 15 includes San Jose, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and Saratoga. This is an open seat – current State Senator Jim Beall is termed out in 2020.