No. 54: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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54. Michael Picker

Michael Picker has been at the heart of several Sacramento government operations and deals for many years now, and has a resume the length of a dictionary. Picker serves as the president of the Public Utilities Commission, which has a vast portfolio regulating privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit and passenger transportation companies. Before being appointed PUC president by Brown, Picker had served as a rank-and-file commissioner. Before his PUC gig, Picker served under Brown as a deputy assistant to the Governor for Toxic Substances Control, a deputy treasurer and a senior adviser to the governor on renewable energy. He has also worked as a consultant at Kaufman Campaigns, and was chief of staff to Sacramento Mayor Joe Serna, Jr.

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