No. 50: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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50. Jason Kinney

We’ve moved Jason Kinney up on the list quite a bit this year – it’s a seat-of-the-pants move, but as Democrats have consolidated power in Sacramento, Kinney has evolved as a go-to spokesman/adviser on a seemingly endless range of political issues, including the latest hot topic, legal marijuana. Truly, all roads (or in our case, all phone calls) lead to Kinney’s office at 980 9th Street. Kinney rose to prominence as an adviser and speechwriter for the former Gov. Gray Davis, (where he wrote or edited 1,200 Davis speeches – let THAT sink in), a role that benefited from his connections and political instincts. Kinney works out of Bob White’s California Strategies, which lists him on their site as “one of California’s premier problem-solvers.” His proximity to prominent Democrats, including presumed 2018 gubernatorial front-runner Gavin Newsom, is an endorsement of that assessment. Kinney and his wife, Mary Gonsalves Kinney, were named one of Sacto’s Power Couples by Sacramento Magazine last year; they live Sacramento with daughters Stella and Violet, and son Dashiell.

Updated Aug. 29, 2o17

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