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No. 59: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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59. Barry Brokaw
Few remain in Sacramento who can boast of having served on the staff of the late Jesse “Big Daddy” Unruh, but Barry Brokaw can. Now one of the top lobbyists in the capitol, Brokaw had a nearly 20-year history as a legislative staffer, including 18 years with state Sen. Daniel Boatwright of Concord – an Arkansas-born lawmaker sometimes described as “colorful” — before joining Sacramento Advocates in 1993. Their client list is long and varied, and includes the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Microsoft, Kraft Foods, Western Union, the Association of Talent Agents and the California Association of Clerks and Elections Officials, among others. Many others. The Brokaw family tradition in politics continues – Barry’s son Brian managed Kamala Harris’s successful campaign for attorney general and youngest son Nick is a member of the firm. Full disclosure: Nick once worked as an

Updated Aug. 29, 2017


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