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No. 43: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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No. 43: Carrie Cornwell

Carrie Cornwell is Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon’s chief of staff, a position she has held since Rendon became speaker in March 2016, maintaining the position she had with Rendon when he was a rank-and-file lawmaker. Cornwell has deep policy chops in both houses of the Legislature: She served nine years as chief consultant to the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, and was chief consultant to both the transportation and housing committees in the Assembly. Cornwell, who started out in the Capitol as an Assembly Fellow, was well-prepared for her current position: She was state schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson’s staff chief when he served in both the Assembly and Senate. Outside the Capitol, Cornwell, who has degrees from UCLA and Princeton, has been an adjunct professor of economics at Sacramento City College and at Sierra College. She also chaired the Sacramento County Project Planning Commission.


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