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No. 8: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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8. Eric Bauman

Eric C. Bauman was elected Chair of the California Democratic Party in May 2017, following a bitter battle for the chairmanship between Bauman and Kimberly Ellis. A longtime CDP leader, he had previously served as Vice Chair from 2009-2017, and as chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party for the past 17 years. In his new position, Bauman will decide where the state party puts its resources – a big, big deal in a state with 44% Dem registration and a solid donor base. A native of the Bronx, New York, he moved to California and became a registered nurse, working in inner-city emergency rooms and intensive care units during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. He eventually became a labor organizer, working to unionize other nurses. His experience as a healthcare provider made him an invaluable policy adviser to former Gov. Gray Davis, former Insurance Commissioner and Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, and Assembly Speakers John A. Pérez, Toni Atkins and Anthony Rendon. He lives in North Hollywood with his husband Michael, his late mother’s partner Trisha, and his dog, Moe.

Updated Aug. 29, 2o17


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