California Nurses Association Endorses Jim Beall for State Senate

Nurses Cite Beall's Longstanding Record Fighting for Access to Quality Health Care for All

San Jose, CA — The California Nurses Association (CNA) – representing more than 86,000 members – today announced its endorsement of Assemblyman Jim Beall in his campaign to represent State Senate District 15.



“Jim Beall has always been a committed advocate for those without a voice and has fought to ensure that our health care system works for all Californians,” said Malinda Markowitz, R.N., Co-President of the California Nurses Association. “The California Nurses Association is proud to endorse Jim Beall and we look forward to working with him in the State Senate to improve access to health care for all."



During his career as a public servant, Beall has created innovative programs that have been copied around the nation – including several that have increased access to quality health care.  As a County Supervisor, he led the creation of Santa Clara County’s Children’s Health Initiative, which expanded health coverage to more than 160,000 children in the county, saving taxpayers millions in public medical costs.  And in the Assembly, he introduced legislation that provided coverage to working families around the State.



“I am deeply honored to have the endorsement of the California Nurses Association,” said Beall.  “I have profound respect for our health care workers and I look forward to continuing to work side-by-side with them to put California back on the right track by creating new jobs, improving public education and ensuring that all Californians can get quality health services.

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Born and raised in San Jose, Assemblyman Beall was the youngest person, at age 28, ever to be elected to the San Jose City Council. He served 14 years on the council and in 1994, he was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.  Beall was elected to the California Assembly in 2006 and re-elected by wide margins in 2008 and 2010. Over his 30 years in public service, he has represented nearly half of SD15.



Founded in 1903, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee/AFL-CIO is a premiere organization of registered nurses and one of the nation’s fastest growing labor and professional organizations with more than 86,000 members in hospitals, clinics and home health agencies in all 50 states. In the past 15 years, CNA/NNOC has grown by nearly 400 percent.