96. Shari McHugh
Shari and spouse Gavin McHugh started McHugh Koepke and Associates, a firm that comes up in just about any discussion about effective lobbying. McHugh has insurance roots: Her lead clients include the Hartford, the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors of California, the Pacific Association of Domestic Insurance Companies and the California Credit Union League, for starters. Earlier, she was senior vice president of the Coalition of California Insurance Professionals, and before that she was senior VP at the Professional Insurance Agents. She’s worked on behalf of non-insurance interests as well — the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians, the Port of Long Beach and E.J. Gallo, for example – but the heart of her lobbying operation is insurance linked. The insurance industry is at the heart of a lot that goes on in the Capitol and McHugh is plugged in.
Updated Aug. 29, 2o17