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Ricardo Lara Celebrates After Becoming California’s First Openly Gay Statewide Officeholder

Ricardo Lara is making history in California.

It looks like gay politicians are making waves in California. First, state politician Evan Low is working hard to completely ban Conversion Therapy in California. Now, Ricardo Lara is making history as California’s first openly gay statewide officeholder (meaning an office in the realm of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, or Attorney General).

Former Democratic state Senator Ricardo Lara is known for making history as he was the first openly gay person of color to join the state Senate back in 2012. That said, no other gay person has ever taken the office seat of insurance commissioner.

At the end of last month, the Secretary of State’s office reported that Lara defeated Independent opponent Steven Poizner with 4.9 million votes (51.6 percent of the vote).

According to Q Voice News, Lara released the following statement in thanks:

“I am grateful for the support of California voters who deserve a strong consumer advocate. Helping communities recover from wildfires while preparing for the threat of climate change will be my first job as Insurance Commissioner. As communities are rocked by devastating wildfires, Californians need a healthy, honest insurance market that allows them to quickly rebuild their lives and protects against future disasters.”

As the incoming California Insurance Commissioner, Lara will be responsible for the California Insurance Department, which oversees insurance laws and licenses, regulates companies, and investigates fraud.

h/t: Q Voice News