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Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issues statement on death of Former United States Attorney General Janet Reno

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For Release: November 7, 2016
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Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issues statement on death of Former United States Attorney General Janet Reno
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — I am very sad to share that my former boss and mentor, former United States Attorney General Janet Reno, has passed away.

She always did the right thing regardless of the politics. Her tremendous leadership inspired those of us who worked closely with her as well as countless others across the country. "Apply the facts to the law" she would always say with regard to how she made her decisions and urge others to do the same. She was a champion for early childhood education before it became commonly understood that providing kids in their early years with education was critical to their later success and resulted in reductions in crime, joblessness, need for public support. She fought for families and children and authored a host of innovative community building programs.

I had the privilege of serving first as her Special Assistant and then as her Counsel, from 1995 to 1998. I worked with her daily and saw first-hand her tremendous leadership of the United States Department of Justice and the work she did fighting injustice across America.

Throughout my public service, I often think as I make decisions, what would Janet Reno do? She taught me so much about leadership and public service. She will be missed, but she left a tremendous legacy.

An endowment in her name has been established at Georgetown University. The Janet Reno Endowment will fund legal scholarship and policy work to help disadvantaged children, youth and families, which were a focus of Attorney General Reno's work throughout her life. For more information about the Janet Reno Endowment and how you can honor her and continue her work, please go to

Dave Jones, Insurance Commissioner

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