35. Art Pulaski
Art Pulaski is another California Labor Federation official (see Angie Wei, No. 13) on this list, and for good reason — the Federation represents 2.1 million union members in more than 1,200 unions in California. Pulaski is the Federation’s executive secretary and treasurer — he’s been on the job 22 years — and one of his tasks is to capture political support for labor’s agenda. Our list is heavy with labor leaders, and that’s because labor is the lifeblood of Democrats’ campaigns in California. This is a blue state, and Pulaski is one of the reasons why. The Federation has more than doubled in size since Pulaski took office in 1996. Before that, he served for years as executive secretary of the San Mateo Labor Council.
Updated Aug. 15, 2018