Statements of Support

Federal

"Ricardo Lara is a progressive champion. He's fought tirelessly for working families, for gender equity, for immigrants' rights, for consumers, for healthcare for all, for better schools, for a clean and safe environment, and for a strong, thriving middle class economy in California. I'm proud to strongly endorse Ricardo Lara because he's got the dynamic background, proven track record, skills and vision that we need in our next California Insurance Commissioner."

-- U.S. Senator Kamala Harris

 

State

"Ricardo Lara embodies the bold, progressive and visionary leadership that we need in our next State Insurance Commissioner. He's dedicated his career to lifting up poor and disadvantaged communities, and he's fought courageously for tough environmental protection laws, immigrant rights policies, equality for all Californians, increased access to healthcare for all, particularly among all children, and for livable wages that help working people reach the middle class.Ricardo's experience, skill-sets and capabilities are unrivaled in this race, and his profound commitment to social and economic justice causes reflect precisely what we need in our statewide leaders. I'm proud to endorse my longtime friend and colleague, Senator Ricardo Lara, for California State Insurance Commissioner."
-- State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León

"With so much uncertainty coming from Washington, D.C., it's absolutely vital that we have a proven leader serving as our next State Insurance Commissioner. That's why I'm thrilled to endorse Senator Ricardo Lara. He has built up a dynamic reputation as a change-maker, a fighter, a coalition-builder and as someone who knows how to create movements that lead to positive and meaningful reforms that improve peoples' lives. Ricardo Lara is highly qualified and well-prepared to serve our state's consumers. He's the best choice for the job."
-- State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon

"I'm extremely pleased to announce my strong support of Senator Ricardo Lara for California State Insurance Commissioner. I've seen him in action in the legislature and know that he's up to the task. Ricardo is not only battle-tested and deeply progressive, but I'm fully confident that he will be a formidable and unyielding protector of California's consumers. We need him as our next State Insurance Commissioner."

-- State Senator and Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins

“I’m thrilled to endorse my friend, Senator Ricardo Lara, for California State Insurance Commissioner. We need an Insurance Commissioner who will be an advocate for healthcare for all Californians, and will fight to get a good deal for California’s consumers."

-- State Senator Ed Hernandez

"Ricardo Lara is a compassionate progressive who has fought courageously on behalf of poor and working class families. He's been an innovator when it comes to crafting smart laws that protect immigrants' rights and he's proven himself as someone who is willing to fight for all Californians. Ricardo Lara is by far the best choice to be our next California Insurance Commissioner."
-- State Senator Holly Mitchell

"Ricardo Lara is fearless. He's bold. He's relentlessly dedicated to the people he represents. Most importantly, Ricardo Lara is a good friend, someone who knows how to collaborate, solve problems and get things done. I know he'll work his heart out to protect California's consumers as our next State Insurance Commissioner and I'm proud to endorse him."
-- State Senator and Assembly Speaker Emeritus Robert Hertzberg

"The promise of the California Dream is embodied by Ricardo Lara. The son of immigrants, Ricardo's career has been an inspiration to so many across our state. Instead of choosing a path in the private sector, he's instead chosen to give back to his community by dedicating his career to public service. In the legislature, Ricardo has been one of the most progressive, fiercely compassionate and visionary leaders our state has had. He pours his heart and soul into the legislation he carries on behalf of those he represents. This is the kind of leadership we need from our consumer watchdog as California's next Insurance Commissioner. It's why I'm pleased to give Ricardo Lara my wholehearted support."
-- State Senator Ben Hueso, Chair, Latino Legislative Caucus

"I'm pleased to stand with my friend and colleague Ricardo Lara in his campaign for Insurance Commissioner. Ricardo has proven himself as an effective lawmaker and as someone who puts people and local neighborhoods first. He's championed countless laws that have improved peoples' lives, particularly for our most vulnerable communities. That's why we need Ricardoserving as Insurance Commissioner, so that he can fight to protect our state's consumers. I know he'll make the people of our great state proud."
-- State Senator Tony Mendoza

I’m pleased to endorse my friend State Senator Ricardo Lara for Insurance Commissioner. He’s been a warrior for the people of California on a broad spectrum of issues, but particularly when it comes to social and economic justice causes. I know he’ll continue this tradition while also being a forceful leader on behalf of California’s consumers as our state’s next Insurance Commissioner.”

-- State Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (Ret.)

 

Local

"Ricardo Lara has long been an inspiring leader to so many. He's a rock-solid progressive who has proven his credentials time and again, delivering on immigrant rights laws, increasing the state's minimum wage, combatting climate change, protecting workers' rights and making college more accessible to people of all socio -economic backgrounds. I'm proud to endorse Senator Ricard Lara because I know he'll be a champion for all Californians as our state's next Insurance Commissioner."

-- Sacramento Mayor and past State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg

 

"Given the unprecedented instability coming from Washington, D.C., it's critically important that California's next Insurance Commissioner is an innovator, someone who has a proven record of problem-solving, and also who has experience with developing and executing on smart public policy on a range of key issues. I firmly believe that State Senator Ricardo Lara is the best choice for Insurance Commissioner. He's long been recognized as a dynamic lawmaker, as well as a leader who stands up for consumers, working people, immigrants, children and families, the poor and the middle class. I'm withRicardo 100%."

-- Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia

 

Democratic Leaders

"Ricardo Lara is a progressive icon in our state. He's been a statewide leader pushing for single-payer healthcare, immigrants' rights, a war against climate change, safeguards for working families, more good paying jobs and protections for consumers. He's proven himself as someone that people from every corner of California can count on to deliver bold and transformative leadership. I'm extremely proud to endorse him."

-- California Democratic Party First Vice Chair Alex Rooker

 

"I am pleased to give my strong support to Ricardo Lara's campaign for State Insurance Commissioner. Ricardo has long been an effective leader for millennials, working to make higher education more accessible and combating the rising cost of college, investing more in job-training programs, passing gender equity laws, anti-discrimination policies and much more. His forward-thinking and innovative approach to governing embodies exactly the kind of out-of-the-box thinking we need leading the office of State Insurance Commissioner. Ricardo is the best candidate for the job."

-- California Young Democrats' President Eddie Kirby