87. Christy Bouma
Relatively few Californians outside the Capitol know of Christy Bouma, but if you’re involved in pushing or defeating a particular piece of legislation she’s interested in, you definitely are aware of her. As the head of the Capitol Connection lobbying firm, Bouma is the top lobbyist for the 30,000-member California Professional Firefighters, which has been a major player in California politics and a strong backer of Gov. Jerry Brown. She has deep roots in CPF — her father, Brian Hatch, was once its president. Bouma connected with CPF after an 11-year stint in Southern California as a mathematics and computer science teacher. She also represents the Consumer Attorneys of California and serves as president of a trade association for lobbyists called the Institute of Governmental Advocates. Bouma’s firefighters are much in the headlines this year, heroically battling giant wildfires up and down the state, risking their lives. What’s not in the headlines is that, behind the scenes, CPF had a leadership change and elected a new president.
Updated Aug. 15, 2018