San Jose, CA – Today, Ann Ravel, candidate for State Senate District 15, announced the endorsement from State Senator Connie Leyva, Chair of California’s Legislative Women’s Caucus.
“Ann Ravel has been a champion for the people of California her entire career. Whether it’s fighting for equal treatment in the workplace, protecting consumers and seniors, or standing up to lead paint companies to make communities safer for our kids and workers, Ann is a leader with grit and perseverance, said Senator Connie Leyva. “I know she will fight for women, working families, and seniors throughout our state.”
“I am honored to have the support of State Senator Connie Leyva. She has been a steadfast champion for women, children and working Californians. When it comes to education, public safety, housing and consumer protection, Senator Leyva is valued leader in Sacramento, and I look forward to working with her in the State Senate.” said Ann Ravel.
Ann has lived in this district for over 50 years. She worked her way up in the Santa Clara County Office for thirty years, serving as County Counsel for nearly twelve years, where she took on Big Tobacco; protected consumers and children from lead paint companies; challenged Prop 8 in court to defend marriage equality; created the Educational Rights Project to support at-risk foster youth; and created the first-in-the-country program that held Big Banks accountable and protected seniors from financial abuse.
As a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice, Ann held oil giant BP’s accountable after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. She stood up to pharmaceutical companies who were breaking the law, taking advantage of the vulnerable, and selling drugs off-market.
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 and dark and foreign money in politics. Her work – and her integrity – earned the attention of President Barack Obama who nominated her to the Federal Election Commission.
Ann was raised in Chile by a strong Brazilian mother and American father. In high school, her first jobs were in the fields of Salinas Valley and at a fruit orchard cannery in San Jose. She proudly calls State Senate District 15 home.
Ann and her husband Steve are residents of Los Gatos, and they are proud to have raised her three children in this district. Learn more about Ann’s campaign at: www.RavelforCA.com