The California Department of Insurance manages a $250 million budget, enforces insurance laws, regulates companies and investigates health care fraud. The state insurance commissioner not only oversees those functions, but also advocates for homeowners seeking insurance for natural disasters like wildfires and earthquakes. As part of our Election 2018 coverage, Forum meets insurance commissioner candidates state Sen. Ricardo Lara and tech entrepreneur Steve Poizner.
Election 2018: Insurance Commissioner Candidates Ricardo Lara and Steve Poizner
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Ricardo Lara, candidate for Insurance Commissioner; State Senator, representing the 33rd district (D-Bell Gardens)
Steve Poizner, candidate for Insurance Commissioner; former California Insurance Commissioner (2007 to 2011)