No. 62: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

62. Paula Treat

Paula Treat runs a one-horse shop — her — but it’s mighty impressive. Her client list includes the California Medical Association, Tesla, two major tribes and Southern California Edison, and her energy, savvy and deep knowledge of the Capitol enables her to handle them all — and others too. Treat, who just moved her office to the Senator, started lobbying in 1977, when young Jerry Brown had lots of hair and was two years into his first (of many) years as governor. She is able to work with friends on both sides of aisle, and indeed at one time or another has been involved in both Republican and Democratic party affairs. In 1987, Treat established the first woman-owned contract lobbying firm, with offices in Carson City and Sacramento. With this résumé it was no surprise that Treat had her own #MeToo moments — she documented harassment by the late Assemblyman Lou Papan in a soul-baring Op Ed in the Sacramento Bee last year. But she ended the piece on a positive note: “We women are at the table, and we’re not leaving.”

Updated Aug. 15, 2018

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