No. 72: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

Illustration by Chris Shary

72. Henry Perea

Henry Perea made statewide news in December of 2015 when he abruptly resigned his Assembly seat to take a lobbying job with the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. He left that position on May 1 of this year to become senior vice president of policy and strategic affairs for the Western States Petroleum Association. Within the space of two years, Perea thus changed from being a business-friendly Democratic lawmaker from Fresno to being a heavyweight lobbyist. If you’re interested in how heavy a Sacramento heavyweight is, WSPA spent $18.7 million on lobbying California officials during the 2015-2016 legislative session. Perea can be described as a young man in a hurry – only 40, he became a member of the Fresno City Council at age 25, and was elected council president in 2007.

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