San Jose, CA – Today California State Senate candidate Ann Ravel announced she has received the endorsement of California State Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Kevin Mullin. The second-highest ranking member of the Assembly leadership, Mullin has represented the Bay Area in the state legislature since he was first elected in 2012.
Ravel was recently endorsed by President Barack Obama, the only California state legislature candidate to receive the former President’s endorsement.
“Ann’s leadership of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission and the Federal Election Commission demonstrated her commitment to stopping corruption in our elections, and demanding reform in our government” said Mullin. “Her experience and integrity will be invaluable in Sacramento as we address the challenges ahead and I strongly support Ann Ravel for State Senate.”
Both Ravel and Mullin are leading advocates for making California’s elections transparent and accountable. As Governor Jerry Brown’s appointment to Chair the FPPC, Ravel led the successful fight against the Koch Brothers network when they attempted to use dark money donations to try to pass Proposition 32, the paycheck deception ballot measure. Mullin authored the California Disclose Act, signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in 2017, helping to keep dark money out of our elections by revealing the top donors behind political advertisements.
“Assemblyman Mullin’s California Disclose Act was an important step in stopping corruption in our elections by shining a light on dark money,” said Ravel. “So it means a lot to me to earn his endorsement for our campaign to return power to the people and make government work for everyone.”
Mullin joins a growing coalition of state and federal leaders and national organizations who are supporting Ravel’s bid for State Senate. Ravel has been endorsed by President Barack Obama, Congresswomen Anna Eshoo, Katie Porter and Jackie Speier, Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, Treasurer Fiona Ma, Controller Betty Yee, End Citizens United, Latinas Lead California and EMILY’s List. 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 Election Commission.
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 has always strongly defended equality for all.
To learn more about Ann Ravel’s campaign and see her growing endorsement list, visit 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.