38. Craig Cornett
Craig Cornett is the Senate’s budget director and chief fiscal adviser to Senate Leader Kevin de León. He is the counterpart to Chris Woods (see No. 36), and together they follow the money. Cornett’s main job is to analyze a spending plan’s strengths and weaknesses and make sure that the senate leader’s proposals are fiscally sound. When the Senate deals with pocketbook issues – and that’s always – Cornett is the guy who irons it out. He tracks the details, advises on the politics and instructs the members. And he’s sick of being asked every year when the state budget will be passed. Before replacing former budget director Diane Cummins in 2008, Cornett spent 17 years at the Legislative Analysts Office and another eight in the Assembly.
Updated Aug. 29, 2017