34. Rex Frazier
You’ll rarely see Rex Frazier, the president of the Personal Insurance Federation of California, quoted in news stories, but he is widely known around the Capitol and is a major political player who moves a lot of money around campaigns. A former deputy Insurance commissioner, Frazier’s trade association boasts industry heavy-hitters, including State Farm, Allstate, Mercury and Nationwide. Frazier’s job is to make sure that PIFC protects its members at the Capitol and at the ballot box. That means battling consumer groups taking whacks at his companies, and directing political money to candidates who are helpful – or at least not hostile – to the insurance industry. With Democratic majorities in both houses, Frazier takes careful aim at the moderates – a target-rich environment. Frazier, a professor at his alma mater, McGeorge School of Law, also teaches a legislative clinic that has been recognized as one of the most innovative in the country.
Updated Aug. 29, 2o17