Building Trades Endorse Ricardo Lara For State Insurance Commissioner

June 26, 2017 -  An unwavering friend of labor for nearly seven years in elective office, State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) has earned the endorsement of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California in his campaign for State Insurance Commissioner.

 “Ricardo Lara has a long history of understanding working families on issues like health insurance, auto insurance, and home insurance” said SBCTC President Robbie Hunter. “He will fight against things like redlining, where you might not be able to get coverage if you live in a zip code that some insurance companies don’t like. He will give California a fair-level, comprehensive insurance system, where if you pay for it, you should get insurance.”

 Voters from the industrial suburbs southeast of downtown Los Angeles first elected Lara in 2010 to the California Assembly, where he became a voice for clean government in a district where corruption had stained city halls in places like Bell and South Gate. In 2012, Lara moved up to an election victory in a Senate district that stretches to Long Beach.

 Few legislative leaders have a personal story that is as compelling as Lara’s. His parents entered the country as undocumented immigrants but later benefited from the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act signed by President Ronald Reagan to gain United States citizenship. His father toiled in the fields and factories of California, his mother as a housekeeper and garment worker. Lara, who was born in the United States, is the first member of his family to earn a college degree.

 In Sacramento, Lara has strongly favored legislation that helps working people try to maintain a foothold in the economic mainstream. He supports prevailing wage laws that establish minimum, market-based pay scales that enable the state’s 400,000 professionally-trained and highly-skilled workers in the building and construction trades to enjoy middle-class lifestyles.

 “He knows how to regulate – and support – an industry,” Hunter said of Lara. “He’ll be streamlined and efficient in his management of the Department of Insurance. But at the same time, he will deliver to the taxpayer, the resident, the family, the protection they are paying for.” 

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