40. Joe Lang
There are heavyweight lobbying firms in Sacramento, and then there’s Lang, Hansen, O’Malley and Miller. Joe Lang’s firm regularly bills $1 million a quarter. The firm’s client list is a cross section of California business and industry, with horse racing thrown in. On the list is the California Business Roundtable, the California Retailers Association, California Catholic Conference and Los Alamitos Race Track. Lang set up shop as Joseph L. Lang & Associates after years as a top staffer in the Assembly, where he was the principal consultant to the Governmental Organization Committee, a group with an obscure name but wide power over gaming, alcohol and tobacco legislation. Lang helped oversee floor action, and among other things developed the congressional liaison between the State Assembly and California’s Congressional delegation. Lang later merged his outfit with O’Malley & Associates to form the current iteration of the firm. His lobbying partner, Bev Hansen, a former Republican Assembly member, is no stranger to this list, and partners John O’Malley Jr. and George Miller IV are no slouches, either.
Updated Aug. 29, 2017