Ricardo Lara, CA’s First Openly Gay Statewide Elected Official, Sworn In

As the new California Insurance Commissioner, Ricardo Lara has made history as the first openly LGBTQ+ statewide-elected official in California’s history, reports abc10.com

Lara (D-Bell Gardens), formerly a California State Senator, was sworn in on Monday to his new position.

“Today, we are living proof that #California is stronger when we stand together. We are proof that love is stronger than hate,” tweeted Lara this week.

Lara was the first openly gay person of color elected to the California State Senate in 2016. Much of his legislative work seeks to protect, support and advance the LGBTQ+ community in California; he is an active member of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus and a board member of the Equality California Institute.