California Coalition on Workers' Compensation


Legislative Advocate

Jason Schmelzer has been CCWC’s lead Legislative Advocate since 2009. Previously, he served as a lobbyist for four years, most recently for the California Chamber of Commerce. His primary responsibilities at the California Chamber of Commerce included directing legislative advocacy for the organization’s more than 15,000 member companies on issues such as transportation, air quality, chemicals policy, workers’ compensation, and other lines of insurance. Mr. Schmelzer served as a leader in the business community on these issues by providing in depth committee testimony on legislation, building coalitions to support and oppose legislation and regulatory initiatives, and frequent appearances as a speaker during legislative informational hearings.

Prior to his work at the California Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Schmelzer served as Legislative Director for the California Manufacturers and Technology Association. He served as the association’s voice in the legislature, governor’s office, and administrative agencies on issues including workers’ compensation insurance, human resources and healthcare.

Prior to his experience in the legislative realm, Mr. Schmelzer spent five years administering workers’ compensation claims for both public and private sector entities. This experience gives him a unique perspective of the human resources and insurance issues that face public and private entities.

Mr. Schmelzer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from California State University, Sacramento.

To learn more about CCWC’s legislative advocacy efforts, contact Jason Schmelzer via email at