80. Christy Bouma
Year in and year out, the California Professional Firefighters, affiliated with unions representing 30,000 firefighters across the state, is a powerful force in politics. This year was no exception, and top CPF lobbyist Christy Bouma played a major role in the push to extend California’s landmark cap-and-trade program a decade until 2030 – an extension sought by Gov. Brown, who CPF has long supported. The extension was the main – but not only – piece of that complex legislative package, and Bouma’s influence was felt in the negotiations that ultimately enabled the legislation to squeak through with only a single extra vote in each house. Bouma has strong political roots: Her father Brian Hatch is a former CPF lobbyist who was recently named to the Fair Political Practices Commission. A former mathematics and computer science teacher in the Inland Empire, Bouma also lists the Consumer Attorneys of California and the California Primary Care Association as clients.
Updated Aug. 31, 2017