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California State Government November 5, 2002 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Gary S. Mendoza

Candidate for
Insurance Commissioner; State of California

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Former Commissioner of Corporations

Responsible for leading consumer protection agency with jurisdiction over HMOs, securities and franchise offerings, credit unions and mortgage bankers

Successfully fought for creation of two health care charities (the California Endowment and the California Heathcare Foundation) with over $4 billion in assets

Strengthened patients' rights, including establishment of an 800 number to respond to complaints against HMOs

Sponsored a series of initiatives to make it easier for small businesses to raise growth capital

Increased by over $100 million the recovery to investors who were harmed during the Prudential limited partnership scandal

Profiled as "Health Care Hero" in California Lawyer cover story (December 1994) and named one of 10 "1995 Up & Comers" by Modern Healthcare (September 18, 1995)

Former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles

Appointed as Chair of the Riordan Commission for Healthy Kids (July 1997)

Responsible for leading the Mayor's Office of Economic Development

Successfully advocated for a series of tax and regulatory changes to improve Los Angeles' business climate

Successfully promoted the turnaround of Hollywood and led several initiatives to spur development of the Los Angeles region's New Economy


Principal at Riordan & McKinzie, Latham & Watkins

Former CPA-Deloitte & Touche; national honors on CPA exam

Graduate, Yale Law School and Claremont McKenna College


Married for 21 years to Joylenn Mendoza

Two sons, Gregory (16) and Matthew (13)

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