Shahan, Rosemary


Rosemary Shahan, President of Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety, is a nationally renowned consumer advocate who has won many victories for car buyers. She is best known for initiating California’s landmark auto “lemon law” and fighting for the installation of air bags in all cars and has repeatedly testified before Congress on auto safety issues. Shahan is a board member of the Consumer Federation of California and the Consumer Federation of America.

Insurance Industry Wants to Buy This Election

By Rosemary Shahan
Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety

Insurance companies are spending a fortune to hand pick their next regulator. The insurance industry has so far pumped $5.7 million into ads attacking the pro-consumer candidate Dave Jones, or promoting Mike Villines, the industry’s choice for Insurance Commissioner.

Thanks to the hard-fought ballot initiative Prop 103, California voters get to vote directly on who will police the behemoth insurance industry. With billions at stake, for consumers and for their bottom lines, the insurers sunk over $80 million into their campaign to stop Prop 103, but they were overwhelmed by the popular uprising. According to a Consumer Federation of America study, Prop 103 has saved California motorists $62 billion in reduced auto insurance costs alone in two decades.