CA State Senate District Democratic Candidate Ann Ravel and CA Controller Betty Yee standing together

RELEASE: State Controller Betty Yee Endorses Ann Ravel for State Senate

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 Yee adds her name to Ravel’s growing list of powerful endorsements

San José, CA – Today, Ann Ravel’s campaign for State Senate District 15 announced the endorsement of State Controller Betty Yee. Yee joins a growing list of endorsers, including Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, State Senators Connie Leyva and Hannah-Beth Jackson, Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg and many other distinguished leaders.

State Controller Yee said, “Ann Ravel will continue to be a relentless champion and defender of our California values. As State Senator, she will fight for a fair economy and advance forward-thinking policies that address the state’s growing economic disparity. Time and again, she puts the priorities of the people ahead of the most powerful.”

“State Controller Yee and I share many of the same values, including a relentless focus on fighting for people. As State Senator, I will prioritize key issues that underpin economic disparity: the rising cost of housing and healthcare, lack of access to affordable, quality childcare, unfair wages, and retirement security,” said Ravel. “Together, we can create a fair economy and fight for equality and justice for all.”

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 and to bringing transparency to 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 from banks. 

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, who 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 nuclear testing.

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, who 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:

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.


Learn more about Ann Ravel’s campaign and see her growing endorsement list at:


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PHONE : (408) 459-9076

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