Sacramento, CA – Today, Ann Ravel’s campaign for State Senate, District 15, announced the endorsement of the Personal Insurance Federation of California (PIFC), which represents nearly half of the state’s home and auto market.
PIFC’s Political Director Caylyn Wright said, “We stand behind Ann Ravel’s campaign because she is fair and leads with integrity. When she is elected to the State Senate, we look forward to working with her on reasonable policies to modernize California’s insurance system.”
“As County Counsel and in President Obama’s Justice Department, I worked on consumer protection and created the first-in-the-nation program to safeguard seniors from financial abuse,” said Ravel. “PIFC’s endorsement demonstrates that I will work with them, not against them, when it comes to building a stronger future for Californians and their families.”
With eight weeks until the Primary Election, Ann Ravel is coalescing a strong and broad coalition of support. You can see the growing list of support here.
Ravel has fought against the corruption of money in politics in every level of government. She brings that integrity with her to her own race for State Senate.
Because of her public leadership for campaign finance reform, ethics, transparency and holding violators accountable, Ravel earned an early endorsement from End Citizens United, a national organization dedicated to campaign finance reform, bringing transparency to government, and ending dark money in politics.
Ravel has lived and worked in San José and Los Gatos for most of her life. She worked her way up in the Santa Clara County Counsel’s Office and was appointed by the Board of Supervisors as County Counsel. She served eleven years and took on big tobacco, protected families from lead paint, challenged Prop 8 in the California Supreme Court to defend marriage equality, and created innovative programs, including one that protected seniors from financial abuse.
Appointed by President Obama to serve as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice, Ravel held oil giant BP accountable after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. She stood up to pharmaceutical companies that were breaking the law and taking advantage of the vulnerable, and helped Native Americans qualify for federal compensation after they suffered from life threatening cancers caused by the uranium mining.
As Governor Jerry Brown’s appointment to Chair the Fair Political Practices Commission, she led the first-in-the-nation fight against the Koch Brothers network when they used dark money to try to pass Proposition 32, the paycheck deception ballot measure. Her work – and her integrity – earned the attention of President Barack Obama who nominated her to the Federal Election Commission.
Ravel was raised by a strong Brazilian mother and American father, both of whom were both orphans and grew up in abject poverty. She lived in Chile until she was 10 years old, and then her family moved to San José. In high school, Ravel’s first jobs were in the fields of Salinas Valley and on the assembly line at a fruit cannery in San José.
Ravel and her husband Steve, an adoption lawyer, are residents of Los Gatos, and they are proud to have raised her three children in this district. Learn more about Ann Ravel’s campaign and see her growing endorsement list at: www.RavelforCA.com
California’s State Senate District 15 includes San José, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and Saratoga. This is an open seat – current State Senator Jim Beall is termed out in 2020.