Ricardo was the first out LGBTQ statewide elected official in California history!
Ricardo Lara serves as California’s Insurance Commissioner. Following his eight years of elected service in the California legislature, he made history in 2018 as the first openly gay person to ever be elected to statewide office in California history.
As California’s Insurance Commissioner, Ricardo has taken on tough fights and won. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ricardo has directed insurance companies to return health care and auto insurance premiums. His actions resulted in cost savings of over $1.75 billion for California drivers so far. In response to the climate crisis, Ricardo continues to lead efforts to protect Californians from the impacts of climate change — including wildfires, floods and heatwaves. Ricardo wrote the nation’s first climate insurance law, SB 30, and following unprecedented wildfire disasters, he used his authority to protect more than 2 million policyholders from non-renewal when insurers tried to flee the marketplace. Ricardo has also authored legislation to create a single-payer health care system for California and he wrote the Health4All Kids Act — which now covers all California children with full-scope Medi-Cal regardless of immigration status.
Insurance Commissioner Lara was born in Los Angeles County, California and earned a BA in Journalism and Spanish with a minor in Chicano Studies from San Diego State University. He also currently serves as the President of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO).