When Ronald Reagan was elected governor of California in 1966, George Steffes joined his administration as legislative secretary and director of policy, a job he held until 1972. Steffes then helped form the first multi-partner lobbying firm in Sacramento. He is the senior partner of Capitol Partners.
He is interviewed for this oral history by Lou Cannon, a former reporter for the San Jose Mercury News in Sacramento, where he covered Reagan as governor, and the Washington Post, reporting on Reagan’s presidency. He is the author of nine books, including “Governor Reagan: His Rise to Power” and “President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime.”
The three-part interview was recorded on May 17, 2017, in San Francisco by videographer Khaled Sayed.