76. Fabian Núñez
Former Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez is a partner at Mercury Public Affairs, a big-ticket, international lobbying and communications company. He knows the Capitol inside and out, is a lifelong friend of former Senate Leader Kevin de León (who’s running for the U.S. Senate) and is well-versed in carbon emissions, having pushed the landmark law AB 32. But one of his big successes this year had nothing to do with lobbying or communications, as such. Rather, it was a personnel move: Núñez brought veteran lobbyist Jodi Hicks into the Mercury fold, along with three of Hicks’ colleagues at DiMare, Brown, Hicks & Kessler. This is all but certain to boost Mercury’s reach in the Capitol, not that it needs it. Mercury has 300 clients worldwide and 17 offices and its staff tracks the Capitol’s political wars closely.
Updated Aug. 15, 2018