29. Greg Campbell
As Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins’ top aide, Greg Campbell is at the top of the Assembly’s pecking order and that’s not unfamiliar turf, since he also was chief of staff to former Speaker John Pérez and he’s been in the Capitol for more than 20 years. Campbell has the responsibility to meet the politics and policy agendas of the speaker, execute the speaker’s will, keep out the riffraff, spot holes in legislation and resolve the needs of rival interests – and lawmakers – in key bills. We’ve said that the chief of staff is part political operative, part employee manager, part soother of the caucus and part communications strategist. The chief also needs to have good political antennae and head off political storms before they get out of control.
Updated Aug. 25, 2o15